Queen’s Park washout threatens to rob Chesterfield of Yorkshire Twenty20 derby

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Play has been abandoned for a third day running at Queen’s Park, as a saturated outfield threatens to derail Derbyshire CC’s Chesterfield Festival of Cricket entirely.

After the loss of the festival opening t20 Blast game against Northants and the first two days of the Division Two match against the same opposition, Chesterfield might lose Sunday’s derby against Yorkshire.

That traditional t20 game against the Vikings may now be moved to Derby’s 3aaa County Ground, with the surface Queen’s Park unlikely to be playable if it takes any more rain.

Overnight rainfall meant umpires Neil Mallender and Ian Blackwell had to abandon today’s play after an early inspection.

The bowlers run-ups have been deemed unsafe at the Lake End, with the ground moving underfoot.

And it’s expected that the ground could take too long to dry out, making play unlikely this weekend.

An unfortunate situation at best, the lack of play has been a blow for local cricket fans.

Karl Green tweeted: “Oh dear. Took the week off for this festival. Surely not that bad is it?”