Derbyshire County Cricket Club welcomes the announcement of the government’s ‘roadmap’ to lead the country out of lockdown and the safe return of supporters to sporting events.
The plans, released by the Prime Minister on Monday, indicate that limited crowds will be able to attend sporting events from Monday 17 May, with restrictions on capacity set to be lifted from Monday 21 June.
This means that the club is set to welcome supporters back to The Incora™ County Ground from Thursday 20 May, for the LV= County Championship fixture against Durham.
Unrestricted crowds could return to Derbyshire for the visit of Leicestershire Foxes on Tuesday 22 June, before the East Midlands Derby with Notts Outlaws under the lights on Friday 25 June.
Under the current government plans, the BRM Solicitors Chesterfield Festival of Cricket could also be played in front of capacity crowds, with Derbyshire set to host defending County Championship and Bob Willis Trophy holders, Essex, in first-class action, before facing Yorkshire Vikings under the iconic spire at Queen’s Park.
Chief Executive, Ryan Duckett, said: “We are delighted with the government’s plans to get supporters back into sporting events and to restore normality after a testing period for all.
“We will continue to work closely with the ECB and the government guidelines to ensure that we have measures in place to ensure the safe return of our supporters from mid May. Everyone at Derbyshire, from the coaches and players out there on the field, through to the off-field staff and Supervisory Board, have missed our Members and supporters immensely and we can’t wait to welcome them back into The Incora County Ground and Queen’s Park.
“We have plenty of big fixtures scheduled after restrictions are lifted, from the East Midlands Derby with Notts Outlaws, to the BRM Solicitors Chesterfield Festival of Cricket, and we know that our supporters will create a brilliant atmosphere and get right behind the team as we approach the business end of the campaign.
“While some uncertainty still remains, we can be positive and look forward to a full summer of cricket. On behalf of the club, I would like to once again extend my sincere thanks to our Members for their support throughout this challenging time.
“From Membership renewals to supporters joining for the first time, we have seen a great positivity among our supporter-base and I would like to reiterate that our Membership products, as well as match tickets, are all backed by our new Membership and Ticket Guarantees, meaning supporters can rest assured knowing their purchases are protected for this summer.”
The safe return of Members to The Incora County Ground remains our top priority, and all 2021 Members will be at the front of the queue once supporters are able to attend from Monday 17 May.
Members will have priority entry to all fixtures which supporters can attend, so even if capacity is limited, our 2021 Members won’t miss a moment of the action across the LV= County Championship, Royal London Cup or Vitality Blast.
Members will be contacted about their safe return to The Incora County Ground, and your Membership Pack will be sent out at the end of March with the latest safety information.
Together, We Are All Derbyshire. Club Membership for the 2021 season is on sale now, priced at just £199. Members to have priority entry and all Memberships backed by our new guarantees.
Explosive Twenty20 action returns to Derbyshire this summer, with much of the competition being played after all restrictions are projected to be lifted.
Members and Blast Pass holders will have priority entry to all Vitality Blast home fixtures, including the highly-anticipated return of T20 to Derbyshire against Birmingham Bears on Sunday 13 June, clashes with local rivals Notts Outlaws and Yorkshire Vikings and much more.
Supporters who chose to donate or defer their 2020 Vitality Blast tickets will, in the coming days, receive communication about the next steps for them to attend cricket during the 2021 season.
Vitality Blast tickets will go on sale from Monday 1 March, with limited availability in-line with current safety restrictions. Supporters who have registered their interest in buying tickets will be contacted via email to book their priority tickets.
Tickets are expected to sell fast, so register your interest today to ensure you can guarantee your ticket.