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Derbys to end 'sun-stopped-play'

Stephen Fleming leads the Notts players off
Sun first stopped play in the game between Derbyshire and Notts in June 2006 (Getty Images)

Derbyshire are to spend more than 100,000 to ensure that the bizarre 'sun-stopped-play' scenario is a thing of the past at the County Ground.

The club will turn the playing square by 90 degrees at the end of the season.

Dazzling evening sunshine stopped play for the first time in June 2006 and several games were hit last season.

"Stopping play in perfect conditions is unacceptable, the problems we have had in recent seasons are well documented," said chief executive Tom Sears.

This season Derbyshire aim to manage the problem by using sophisticated technology to predict the location of the sun in advance so that an appropriate strip can be prepared for the game.

Turning the square will ensure that we never endure this problem again

Derbyshire chief executive Tom Sears

Sears added: "As a club we have to look at the long term and we have a commitment to providing the best possible facilities for players, officials and spectators.

"Turning the square will ensure that we never endure this problem again and importantly that any future development of the ground can be centred around a playing area that is fit for purpose."

Initial work is likely to cost around 100,000 and once the newly aligned square is ready for play, the scoreboard and floodlights will be relocated.

The county have consulted at length with English Cricket Board specialists and will use the services of one of their recommended contractors to ensure the move is carried out to the highest specifications.

see also
Sun stops play in Yorkshire win
31 May 07 |  Counties
Derbyshire eye end to sun glare
26 Jun 06 |  Derbyshire

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