Talks continue over County Ground plans

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Derbyshire County Cricket Club met representatives of Derby City Council on Friday to seek support for plans to develop the County Ground in Derby.

The Club has recently been granted £1.7 million in England & Wales Cricket Board funding which is ring-fenced for ground development.

It is an aspiration to create a stunning outdoor amphitheatre capable of hosting international cricket, concerts and other community events.

Club officials say Derby City Council support is essential for this to become a reality at the County Ground.

Chief Executive Simon Storey confirmed the club is assessing all viable options and that a redevelopment of the County Ground, Derby, remains the preferred option.

He said: “We have to increase the playing budget to increase the probability of competing with the bigger counties, otherwise we will always be fighting above our weight and that’s a really tough job to do.”