Nottinghamshire bowled over as cricket club returns to the black

Trent Bridge

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club has confirmed it made a pre-tax profit of £279,000 for the year ending September 2017.

The figure represents a significant turnaround in financial fortunes for the Trent Bridge club, which last year reported a loss of £741,000 due to the absence of a Test Match.

Club chairman Richard Tennant told the NCCC AGM that the latest figures were another reason to be pleased after the successes on the pitch that saw the club clinch a domestic white ball double by winning the Royal London One-Day Cup and T20 Blast, as well as promotion back to Division One of the County Championship.

He said: “The change (from loss to profit) demonstrates the importance of hosting Test cricket at Trent Bridge.

“We are very pleased with the future programme of matches, announced recently. The award gives us the certainty of supply we need to build our next development and infrastructure plans to further enhance Trent Bridge.”

While Trent Bridge will again miss out on an Ashes Test in 2023, the English Cricket Board has confirmed Nottingham will be one of the eight city-based franchises taking part in the domestic English Premier League, which starts in 2020.

Although Trent Bridge’s bid for an Ashes Test failed, it will host four Test matches in the five-year period until 2024.

On the playing side, Director of Cricket, Mick Newell used the AGM to pay tribute to long-serving captain Chris Read, who retired at the end of last season. His replacement for the new season is all-rounder Steven Mullaney.

“Ready has been a fantastic cricketer and ambassador for Notts over 20 years, up there with Rice and Hadlee in what he did for our club, and you will still see plenty of him in his part-time coaching role with us,” said Mr Newell.

“We have needed to find a new Club Captain for the first time since 2008. Mull has impressed us all with his desire to take on the job, as well as his passion for the club, and I am very confident you will be impressed by his leadership.”

After so much success on the field in 2017, Head Coach Peter Moores explained that the club wanted to ‘move again’ when the new season began in April.

He said: “In winning there is always comfort, and our challenge is to be as hungry as we were at the start of last season, while using the confidence and experience we gained from our achievements.

“Our responsibility is to give it our all and be up for every day knowing we are representing a great club. No one can guarantee winning, but commitment, desire and enthusiasm are within our control.”