Eastern Province Cricket has reported good results for the previous financial year.
In his president’s report to the board and members, President Donovan May said: “Our financial position has improved dramatically since 2014. We posted good results again in the last financial year (2017/2018) and are a going concern, with a good unqualified audit report. This paints a good picture for Eastern Province Cricket going forward”.
May went on to say that, “the Warriors had a great season on and off the field. The team ended up third in the four-day competition, making the final in the T20 and coming third in the 50-over competition. Our senior provincial team again enjoyed a very good season this year by sharing the three-day format in the finals with Northerns.”
Some 17 players will be contracted from club cricket to the provincial squad for the next season.
EPC is also investing in the development of local cricket by allocating funds in addition to the money received from Cricket South Africa. Clubs are also supported financially by not having to pay affiliation fees to EPC.
“What many do not realise is that most of the revenue received from CSA is ring-fenced for amateur programmes,” said May. “This includes the salaries of those involved in the programmes”.
In addition to providing balls, equipment and transport assistance, EPC assists with making sure that the grounds are playable.
“Out of 1 133 games fixtures for the year, 1 082 club games were completed and 51 were interrupted by rain,” said May. “This shows the commitment from EPC to ensure that the grass was cut and the pitches were prepared at all available grounds. We had to use our own budget to ensure that the municipal service provider was paid to do the work. We will be entering into an agreement with the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to assist with their ongoing challenges of preparing their facilities.”
The Eastern Province Cricket board is busy working on a commercialisation project which will help provide additional revenue streams.
“The stadium is our commercial arm of the business,” said May. “We need to develop future revenue streams to ensure the company is sustainable and that we have more funds for the development of the game of cricket in the Eastern Cape.”
A number of major fixtures are already lined up for 2020. In mid-January St George’s Park will host the third five-day test between South Africa and England. It will also host its first-ever T20 against Australia in February. In November it will once again host Mzansi Super League fixtures.