CHESTERFIELD - QUEEN'S PARK
In late July and early August 2006, Derbyshire County Cricket Club returned to Queen's Park, Chesterfield to play First Class Cricket for the first time in eight years with a five day festival. Derbyshire completed a century of First Class cricket at Chesterfield in 1998, but in the intervening seven seasons they did not play any First Class or List 'A' matches on the ground. Following the success of the return to Chesterfield of first class cricket, the number of fixtures have been increased
The following matches have been scheduled to be played at Chesterfield for 2008.
6/9 June 2008 v Worcestershire - Liverpool Victoria County Championship – 4 Day Match.
15 June 2008 v Yorkshire - Twenty20 Cup - 1 Day.
Above matches subject to final confirmation from Chesterfield Borough Council.
30 July/2 August 2008 v Northants - Liverpool Victoria County Championship – 4 Day Match.
3 August v Surrey - Pro 40 - 1 Day.
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The ground was laid out in 1883, and the following year Chesterfield Cricket Club played there first game at the venue. Derbyshire's inaugural game against Surrey, began on the 30 June 1998. Although Queen's Park was considered by many well known authorities on the game to be one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. It appeared that after celebrating its centenary in 1998, that it would be permanently lost to County Cricket. The facilities having declined and created unease amongst members, players and visitors.
Fortunately, Derbyshire returned in 2006, after Queen's Park underwent a £4.7m facelift and the move has been hailed a great success. A Cricket Festival was arranged, which Tom Sears, Chief Executive of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, said: "We have taken £40,000 in gate receipts for the week, double what we might have expected at Derby". The Festival attracted praise from cricket lovers from all parts, the national press and above all the spectators who watched the matches.
COUNTY CRICKET- 2008 CHESTERFIELD QUEEN'S PARK
The following matches have been scheduled to be played at Chesterfield.
GREEN FLAG AWARD 2006
Queen's Park, has been officially recognised as one of the finest parks and green spaces in the country.
It has been given the Green Flag Award - the national benchmark for quality parks and green spaces.
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