Derbyshire in profit for sixth year running

Derbyshire's ground has undergone extensive redevelopment in recent years Getty Images

Derbyshire have announced a sixth successive year of profit, with a surplus of £2653 in 2016. The financial results included a record turnover for the third year in a row, on the back of increased commercial activity.

A new media centre at Derbyshire's ground will be unveiled as part of hosting televised matches at the Women's World Cup and although chairman Chris Grant set to stand down ahead of running for election to the ECB, the club has continued to go in the right direction, despite a difficult couple of seasons on the field.

"I'm extremely proud to have overseen six successive years of surplus and grown turnover to record levels since being elected in 2011," Grant said. "This has been a tremendous achievement given the huge challenge that keeping a first-class county afloat entails and is an enviable track record.

"The increased revenue has allowed us to continue our commitment to increasing the cricket budget, while also investing in improving the ground.

"It is also no exaggeration to say that the 3aaa County Ground is unrecognisable from what it used to be as a result of a £4m ground development programme, which will see the club host the opening fixture of this year's ICC Women's World Cup and Sir Elton John in concert."

Derbyshire finished bottom of Division Two in 2016, while failing to progress in either the NatWest Blast or Royal London Cup. Kim Barnett was subsequently appointed as director of cricket, with New Zealand's John Wright coming in as a specialist T20 coach, among a host of comings and goings on the playing staff.