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Loss turns to profit for Nottinghamshire after return of Test cricket

By Adam Ellis

Nottinghamshire have announced a significant turnaround in their finances after making a pre-tax profit of £279,000 for the year ending in September 2017.

In the prior year the county had slumped to a loss of £741,000 with England not coming to town to play in Tests. And at the club’s annual general meeting, chairman Richard Tennant cited the impact that hosting England Tests can hold on a club’s financial yield.

“The change (from loss to profit) demonstrates the importance of hosting Test cricket at Trent Bridge,” Tennant told the county’s official website.

“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.”

Compared to other counties, Notts fared well in the ECB’s international venue packages with Trent Bridge set to host Tests between 2020-2022 and also 2024. They miss out on the 2023 Ashes much like they will with next year’s series, as Lord’s, Edgbaston, Old Trafford, Headingley and The Oval hold the privilege.

On the pitch, Notts had plenty to celebrate also by clinching promotion back to Division One along with Worcestershire and by sealing a white-ball double in lifting the Royal London One-Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast trophies.

Head coach Peter Moores addressed members, saying: “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.”

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