Monday 23 March 2009 

Positive 2008 Reported By Essex

The Annual Report and Accounts of Essex County Cricket Club (ECCC) was published on Monday (23rd March).

In his Chairman’s report Nigel Hilliard said “Last season’s achievements on the field were all the more remarkable because at the start of the season, expectation was so low.  There are many reasons why teams suddenly improve their performance. On the cricket field exceptional leadership is one of the essentials. Mark Pettini has shown, in a very short period as captain, that he has the qualities that will bring success."

“However, many seasons in the Second Division of the Championship and the lack of Test Match Ground status have clearly left their mark.  There is no doubt that the Club deserves to be rated higher but apparently this can only be achieved by success in the Championship. One-day victories are vital for the Club’s financial well being, but the Essex membership expect Championship success.  This remains elusive but we take heart from the fact that it took time in the 1970’s to make a good One Day team into a Championship winning unit."

Treasurer Keith Brown said “I am pleased to report a pre-tax profit of £35,000 after investment write-downs of £75,000. This result included £240,000 of one-off ECB payments so we had an underlying loss of £140,000, despite our strong on-field performance.  We won the Friends Provident Trophy after a home semi-final and were semi-finalists in the Twenty20 Cup tournament with a home quarter final, but the structure of prize money meant the contribution to the Club’s finances from this success was nil."

“2009 is going to be a very challenging year for the Club as we are not immune from the  economic environment. It will be a year of tough decisions to ensure that our ambitions on the playing field can be matched by our ability to generate the income to support our talented team in the years ahead."

“The delay in our Ground Development Project due to the referral to the Secretary of State and therefore a public enquiry adds further uncertainty to a great scheme which is aimed at bringing huge benefits to the Club, the community and the town of Chelmsford."

David East, Chief Executive, reporting on the success of the Ashwell Graham Gooch Cricket Centre said, “The success of the first team gave everyone a ‘buzz’ and the year closed as it opened with another full house for the first 12 weeks of the Winter Individual Coaching Programme before Christmas.  People booked their slots in July so that their sons and daughters could spend the winter months working on their game under the experienced eye of our team of coaches so they are ready for the new season and success for their clubs. We look and they look forward to meeting the challenges of 2009."

© Essex CCC