Increased turnover sugars Northants loss

Northamptonshire have become the latest county to report a loss for 2010, albeit on a much smaller scale than some of their rivals.

The county made a deficit of £27,439 last year, having made a small profit of £2,945 in 2009.

“The club has seen a six per cent increase in turnover over the past 12 months which we are satisfied with given the economic climate,” said chief executive Mark Tagg.

“We are especially pleased to report a continuation of the trend since 2005 which has seen a year-on-year increase in investment in both professional cricket and the Northants Academy, and that is now reaping its rewards with excellence in coaching standards and player development.

“Investment has also been evident off the playing area with state-of-the-art floodlights and other ground improvement programmes making the County Ground one of the most comfortable and friendliest venues at which to follow the game.

“It is still disappointing for us to post a small deficit for the year and we continue to seek new and alternative ways to generate profit while maintaining a close eye on costs.

“But after the last few difficult years we firmly believe that Northants Cricket is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities both in 2011 and beyond.”

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