Leicestershire County Cricket Club have announced two pieces of good news after they awarded a county cap to left-arm quick bowler Nathan Buck and received news that Leicester City Council has agreed to a Deed of Variation in respect of the coventant on the cricket ground at Grace Road.
The club, which make 9/1 to win the LV= County Championship Division Two, can now give security to its bankers in respect of working capital facilities that are required to recover from losses in the last financial year.
"A lot of work has been put in by both sides over many months to reach this agreement. I am delighted with the support we have received from the council’s officers and elected councillors in reaching this agreement and it will help the Club enormously," chief executive Mike Siddall said.
Strategic Director of Development, Culture and Regeneration, Alistair Reid, (pictured with Mike Siddall), added: "Leicester City Council is delighted to be involved in helping Leicestershire CCC with a relaxation of the covenant.
"Sport is massively important to the people in the city of Leicester and we are pleased to do our bit to aid the recovery of the Club."
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Buck was honoured with his county cap during the opening LV= County Championship match of the season against Glamorgan at Grace Road, a match Leicestershire would go on to win by 89 runs.
"I'm really happy and honoured to be awarded my cap by Matthew. Hopefully I'll now push on and have another good season," Buck said.
"It came as a real surprise as I was just thinking about bowling as we went out. It was great to be capped by Hoggy and he went on to take a hat-trick, which made the morning session on Saturday even more memorable."
Buck was given the cap following an impressive debut season in which he took 49 Championship wickets at an average of 27.34. going on to tour the West Indies with the England Lions in the winter.
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