Chesterfield youngster set for fairy-tale appearance

Ben Slater
Ben Slater

Chesterfield batsman Ben Slater is set to play on his home patch as Derbyshire face Yorkshire at Queen’s Park starting tomorrow (Wednesday).

The 21-year-old, who has played club cricket at Queen’s Park since Kwik Cricket at the age of seven, comes into the squad alongside Peter Burgoyne after the pair both topped 150 against Northamptonshire last week.

Slater said: “I am really excited about the prospect.

“Playing at your home ground and scoring a few runs is what dreams are made of. Hopefully I can get that opportunity this week.

“The fixtures with Yorkshire are always great games. Chesterfield is almost on the border of Yorkshire and they always bring a few supporters to the Festival.

“We are expecting a good crowd with good support for both teams and it’s setup to be an exciting game.

“When first-class cricket returned to Chesterfield back in 2006, there was a massive increase in the number of members and junior members at Chesterfield Cricket Club – and the festival also helps bring lots of people to the Chesterfield area.

“It’s not only great for local cricket fans, but it also has a positive impact on the community and businesses in the area.”

Shivnarine Chanderpaul (hamstring) and Wes Durston (back) are injury doubts for Karl Krikken’s men against a Yorkshire side boosted by the return to fitness of Captain Andrew Gale.

Five days of cricket remain in the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket – in association with Chesterfield Borough Council - following a bumper attendance at the opening Friends Life t20 fixture on Sunday and a successful Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Twenty20 yesterday evening.

Following the four day game against Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship (11am start), Derbyshire Falcons face Durham Dynamos in the Friends Life t20 on Sunday, July 21 (2.30pm start).

Supporters can benefit from discounted prices by purchasing in advance of the day they are attending. Call 01332 388 101 to buy tickets.

Admission on the day of the game is priced at £16 adults, £5 juniors, £5 car parking.