Giant stumps to inspire businesses to back Derbyshire for Women’s World Cup

Derbyshire County Cricket Club today formally announced its intention to bid to become a host city for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup.

As part of the announcement made by chief executive Simon Storey, the Club unveiled plans for a landmark set of giant cricket stumps to be located at the gateway of the City on the Pentagon Roundabout.

The stumps will be funded by 100 local businesses together with a small number of private donors who will each pledge £500 to become part of the ‘We’re backing the bid campaign’. They will be involved in the development, unveiling and publicity surrounding the sculpture and feature on the Partners Plaque.

“The giant stumps demonstrate our commitment – together with our partners - to the City of Derby as a great place to live, work, enjoy sport and as a great destination for visitors from across the world,” said Storey. “They will be a signal to the bidding panel that we are committed to a successful Women’s World Cup in 2017 and building a long-lasting legacy for the growth of the game in Derbyshire.

“We have invested £1million in The 3aaa County Ground and we will be investing a further £3.4million between now and 2017 with grant funding from the England and Wales Cricket Board, Derby Enterprise Growth Fund and loan funding from Derby City Council.

“With the business community coming together to deliver the giant stumps, we will be in an exceptionally strong position to demonstrate that the whole City is behind the ICC Women’s World Cup when the opportunity to submit our bid arrives in May 2015.”

Briggs of Burton, specialists in stainless steel, have already offered to manufacturer the stumps and Idom Merebroook have offered to provide engineering consultancy services for the project.

James Buttler

James Buttler

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