Worcestershire in the black
Worcestershire have announced a profit in excess of £100,000, making 2010 doubly successful for the county that were unexpectedly promoted in the LV= County Championship.
Worcestershire, who went up despite losing several senior players last winter, revealed a surplus of £103,627 for the year ending September 30 2010.
Chief executive David Leatherdale said: "Some difficult decisions and sacrifices have had to be made, both on and off the field, over the past 18 months and also going forward into 2011.
"Despite reductions in most income streams during 2010, with Twenty20 ticket sales hit particularly heavily during June and July due to the football World Cup in South Africa, reductions in expenditure have given the club a stronger base going forward.
"The club has a long history with a loyal following and it is evident that the development of younger players is of key importance to members and supporters as the present positive response in terms of membership renewals for the 2011 season demonstrates.
"The last few seasons have been an up and down affair and while the economic climate is likely to be difficult going forward, it is vital we ensure the club has a future which is both viable and sustainable.
"First Division cricket will test the squad and retaining this status beyond 2011 will be a major achievement. There is no doubt the playing squad has the potential to perform well at this level and we all look forward to an exciting summer ahead."