County news December 6, 2012

Somerset post record profit for 2012

Somerset have continued to cement their reputation as one of the best run, and financially secure, counties after they announced a record profit of £409,000 up to September 2012, a marginal increase on the previous year.

It is a considerable achievement by Somerset considering last season was one of the wettest on record with the weather impacting all counties.

Somerset's position was strengthened by their second-place finish in the County Championship as well as being able to stage a home quarter-final in the Friends Life t20. There was also the impact of their successful Champions League T20 run in 2011 when they reached the semi-finals.

Chief executive Guy Lavender told the club's website: "This has been a very tough year and whilst we have seen some weather-related reductions in match receipts, we have been able to drive the club's business forward in a number of different areas. It is of credit to both our playing and non-playing staff who have worked hard to make sure that we have thrived again this year."

Somerset are also producing a regular supply of cricketers for England. Nick Compton, whose career has been transformed since moving from Middlesex, is currently opening the batting in India while both Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler are involved in various parts of the limited-overs set-up.

Andy Nash, the chairman, added that there remain two major targets for the club. "Our twin ambitions are to win the County Championship and to bring one day international cricket to the County Ground. We are well placed to begin preparatory work on the next phase of ground development and having consolidated and strengthened our cricketing squad for next season, we are in good shape for the 2013 campaign."

The club are in the process of recruiting a new director of cricket after Brian Rose stepped down at the end of last season. Dave Nosworthy, the former Highveld Lions coach, is understood to be the leading candidate for the position.

Alviro Petersen, the South Africa opening batsman, has been signed as an overseas player for the first part of the season.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Cricket really doesn't make any money...

  • David on December 7, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    And all of this, for the last few years, with Brian Rose in charge. What a pity he stepped down at the end of last summer. He also won 5 trophies during his 5-year stint as captain (for a side which had never won any trophies before - as soon as Botham and then Roebuck took on the captaincy, they stopped winning again). In his ow way, he has arguably made the biggest contribution to Somerset cricket in the last 40 years, and he should get his due.

  • Sanjay on December 6, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    I'd like to see a breakdown on how much they earned from Championship, T20s, CB40s, and the Champions League 2011. Me thinks the latter pulled in a huge amount.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Incredible, and they don't host Tests!

  • Ray on December 6, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Kudos to Somerset for stating that their main playing priority is the County Championship. It would have been very easy to chase the rupee and say that qualification for the Champions League was their main goal.

  • Adam on December 6, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Well a nice little profit but surely it's about winning every now and then? No county championship, ever (we are talking since 1891!), is embarrassing especially since Sussex finally managed to notch a few.

  • Mark on December 6, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Always get a good crowd at Taunton, though obviously prize money has a bigger impact than gate receipts in the end. It'll be good to see Tres opening with Alviro, I wonder if Suppiah will drop down the order or just be dropped? I guess if Nick is playing for England he could slip in down the order.

  • Dummy4 on December 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    glad to see a cricket team doing well in such tough times

  • Cameron on December 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Surely the on field success is nigh & when it comes a lot more will follow, given the talent coming through from the academy in spades.

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