County pick up a pair of business awards

Northants chief executive David Smith

Northants chief executive David Smith

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The successful year that is 2013 continued for Northamptonshire last night (Thursday) as they received two prizes at the ECB’s Business of Cricket Awards.

At the Cumberland Hotel in the nation’s capital, the County won awards for the Best Friends Life t20 Matchday Experience and the Best Yorkshire Bank 40 Promotion.

And chief executive David Smith believes this shows the club are moving forward in all areas.

He said: “Obviously we’re delighted and it’s the first time we’ve won any of these awards.

“We were nominated in four different categories and to win two of them is a great achievement.

“We know that our main business is what goes on on the field and the players deserve a lot of credit for a successful year but we’ve got a good support team off the field and they deserve to be recognised every now and then.

“This shows that we’re getting things right.”

For the Best Freinds Life t20 Matchday Experience award, the County beat off the shortlisted competition of Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Essex while in the Best Yorkshire Bank 40 Promotion, they came out on top ahead of Hampshire, Nottinghamshire and Sussex.

The two other categories in which they received nominations were the Best Friends Life t20 campaign and the Best use of Digital which were won by Surrey and Essex respectively.