Northants in profit despite decreased turnover

Northants chief executive David Smith says the club made a small profit last season, despite a decrease in turnover.

The side made £22,900 after reducing costs by 14%.

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A core group of home-grown players, with a sense of who and what they represent, alongside good senior role model cricketers, with a quality overseas player, is the best way to bring success to the cricket club

Northants chief exec David Smith

"The previous year included a one-off ground development ECB [England & Wales Cricket Board] payment, a very successful tourist game against India and an Elton John concert," Smith said.

"That makes comparisons difficult, but costs have been controlled in a summer when we lost 52 hours of home cricket."

Smith added that 2013 promised to offer better commercial opportunities.

"The club is entertaining Australia for a two-day game on 15 and 16 August, the T20 schedule looks more favourable and we are hoping to announce summer music concert dates shortly for both June and September."

The former Warwickshire batsman also acknowledged it had been a disappointing year for Northants on the field, but forecast an improvement in 2013.

"The recruitment of Matthew Spriegel and Steven Crook will bring a much better balance to the squad and we are still hopeful of bringing a bowling overseas player to the club for the 2013 cricket season."

Northants have approached Australian seam bowler Jackson Bird, who made his Test debut in his country's Boxing Day match against Sri Lanka, for the early part of the season before the Ashes series which starts in July.

An offer has also been made to South African quick bowler Rory Kleinveldt.

"A core group of home-grown players, with a sense of who and what they represent, alongside good senior role model cricketers, with a quality overseas player, is still, we believe, the best way to bring success to the cricket club," said Smith.

"Our first team coach David Ripley, new club captain Stephen Peters and new one-day captain Alex Wakely are all looking forward to their first full summer in charge as the club embarks on a new era of cricket management."