The County Ground Nottingham Road, Derby DE21 6DA
Located east of the city centre, just off the A52, The Country Ground is home to the Derbyshire County Cricket Club. It was once a racecourse, but now it is a cricket ground and event centre for galas, weddings and conventions.
The club was formed on 4 November 1870 at a meeting in the Guildhall, Derby. The Earl of Chesterfield, who had played for and against All-England, was the first President.
Derbyshire’s opening season was 1871. The club played its initial first-class match versus Lancashire at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 26th and 27th May 1871 and joined the (then unofficial) County Championship. Since then, the ground has championed local cricket skill across all of Derbyshire.
The club has had a rocky history when it comes to championship wins. But despite their struggles, many Derby County Cricket Club players have gone on to represent England.
Despite this, the club has a loyal following. The club has enjoyed record attendances in 2017with over 24,000 people watching their home Twenty20 fixtures. The local derby versus Yorkshire at Chesterfield now regularly sells out in advance.
The County Ground also prides itself on delivering more than just cricket. It serves as an events space for the community. A multi-million pound refurbishment has fitted the ground out with suites capable of hosting up to 350 people. This makes it a great local space for weddings, Christmas parties and conferences.
If you are visiting the Cricket Ground, you will find ample parking and easy links between the city centre and the cricket ground.
Lovers of cricket will find something to enjoy at the Derbyshire Country Cricket Club. The club hosts a range of local fixtures and exhibition matches so check out the schedule for more information.