Matt Critchley says fans will make a big difference to Derbyshire this summer

Matt Critchley says fans will make a big difference to Derbyshire this summer.

Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 8:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd March 2021, 8:37 am
Fans will be back at Vitality Blast matches this summer. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

The safe return of spectators to sporting events is due to begin from Monday 17 May, with capacity restrictions hoped to be lifted from Monday 21 June.

It will be the first time the Falcons will have played in front of a crowd in two years.

And Critchley admits they can’t wait to feel the buzz of playing in front of fans once again.

“We can’t wait to have the fans back in, it’s really positive news,” said Critchley.

“It’s always good to play in front of crowds, it’s why we play the game, to do well for all the Members and supporters of Derbyshire,” he said.

"To be able to play in front of kids and inspire them, it’s something we’re really excited for.

“Playing is playing, you enjoy it but you want it to be in front of the supporters, we can’t wait to do that again, because just having people around to get behind you will make it so much better.

“It’s such a good atmosphere for the T20 games, when you’re playing well and you get the crowd on your side, because they expect to see good cricket, so it’s an amazing feeling when you can produce that for them.”

Derbyshire will face Blast action against Notts at The Incora County Ground on Friday 25 June and will also face Yorkshire Vikings at Queen’s Park, as part of the BRM Solicitors Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.

The side will feature big-hitting Australian Ben McDermott.