Derbyshire’s record-breaking batsman will officially open Uttoxeter CC’s new ground later this week

Derbyshire batting star Wayne Madsen in action.

DERBYSHIRE star Wayne Madsen will officially open Uttoxeter Cricket Club’s new ground in Jacks Lane, Marchington, this Friday (6pm).
The South African-born 35-year-old is rated one of the county championship’s finest batsman, with more than 10,000 runs to his credit,.
Madsen passed the milestone with an unbeaten double-century (204) against Gloucestershire in April.
He is also only the ninth player in Derbyshire’s history to score more than 15,000 runs in all forms of cricket.
Uttoxeter staged a testimonial match for Madsen at their former racecourse ground 12 months ago, which they were forced to vacate at the end of the season – the club’s home for the last 60 years.
“The [racecourse] management declined to renew the club’s lease for commercial reasons,” explained a club spokesman.
It was decided the best option for saving the club was to relocate to nearby Marchington and the former village cricket team’s semi-derelict gorund.
A 30-year lease has been signed with Marchington Parish Council, who own the ground, to secure the club’s future.
Exensive renovation work was carried out throughout the winter months to get ready in time for the start of the club’s new season in the Derbyshire County League.
The main expenditure has been on the renovation of the semi-derelict brick-built pavilion building, which has taken on a new lease thanks to the efforts of an army of volunteers.
Friday evening’s official opening of the ground will include a host of family attractions.
These include a BBQ hosted by Pig Out Hog Roast; a licensed bar; junior cricket training with some of the club’s youngsters competing in kwik cricket games; a pop cricket shop hosted by Clean Hit Cricket offering equipment for sale; and a raffle with a selection of prizes to be won.
Visitors arriving by car are requested to park on the Silver Lane playing fields (ST14 8LL).