Queen’s Park, Chesterfield

This is the only place to begin, frankly. A small but perfectly formed venue for cricket, it’s quiet, pretty, and ideal for the English county game (ie. it’s not very big but that’s ok because there won’t be many people coming anyway).

Its size and setting means specatators are able to take a full 360 degree wander around the boundary, and it hasn’t been too sullied by the commercial side of the game: there’s invariably an ice cream van or two, perhaps a couple of burger stalls, and maybe a small rickety table selling cricketing memorabilia and/or second hand books. In short, just about the right amount of stuff you would want/need/feel able to put up with.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club stayed away from this venue for several years in the 1990s and early 2000s, but have recently (re)adopted it as their ‘on the road’ home venue for when they’re not playing at Derby’s County Ground (more on that later). In practice this means around one ‘proper’ county game and two or three limited overs games a year.

I have lots of fond memories of Queen’s Park, including being unable to find my way back to my Dad from out in the middle at the end of a tea break (in the days when spectators weren’t generally suspected of being terrorists), and, many years later, playing football on the same outfield with my Dad and my, then 18-month-old, firstborn. Speaking of which, the park itself also features plenty of places to explore and play; ideal for those with a slightly shorter attention span.

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  1. #1 by Glyn on March 1, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Cracking start David. I’m very much looking forward to you covering the Abbey Lawns ground in Bourne. Very picturesque and relaxed atmosphere, with Sam’s 24-7 just across the road for all of your confectionery items.

    Does this mean you’ll be bringing your notepad to Trent Bridge in July?

  2. #2 by The Assommoir on March 2, 2011 - 9:24 am

    These are strictly cricket grounds that I have visited – all you need to do is invite me down, I’ll bring my camera and some loose change for Sam’s. I might even bowl a few overs of off-spin if you need me to.

    As for Trent Bridge, watch this space.

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