After two profit making seasons in a row Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is on course to be debt free by 2020 according to their chairman.
Their 2019 campaign starts on Friday 5 April at the County Ground. They hope the financial improvements will help provide success for the cricketers on the field which were lacking last year.
Northamptonshire County cricket captain Alex Wakely expects standards to rise when they play in this season's Vitality Blast T20 competition, as players cast their minds towards the new 100 ball tournament in 2020.
The draft for next year's new addition to the domestic calendar - dubbed 'The Hundred' - is scheduled for the end of the 2019 campaign.
And Wakely believes players will 'raise their game' in the hope of being taken on by the eight franchises involved.
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Although the structure of the competition has yet to be finalised the England and Wales Cricket Board announced details of the format of the matches.
They will be made up of ten 10-ball overs, which can be bowled by one or two bowlers, in clutches of either five or 10 consecutive balls.
Trialled in September, it has been introduced as part of a new ECB five-year strategy for the game.
Captain Alex Wakely said: "We still don't really know what's going to happen. It's a really exciting time as a player though. It's a new competition everyone wants to be involved in.
"There's financial opportunities for people to be able to earn more money, as well as their county contracts. So from a player point of view what else have you got to look more towards than that."