Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Lisa Pursehouse welcomed Nottinghamshire County Council's decision to approve a £900,000 funding package in support of the building of a new electronic scoreboard at Trent Bridge.

Nottinghamshire County Council will enjoy branding rights on the scoreboard and on the pitch during Investec Ashes Test matches in 2013 and 2015 and will partner Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club's award-winning Community and Development Department in delivering a three-year social inclusion programme in Hawtonville.

 "The support of our public sector partners has always been steadfast because of the benefits that our major matches deliver to the regional economy and the impact of our community schemes," said Lisa. 

"Nottinghamshire County Council have recognised this and supported our plans to enhance the venue to preserve our status as hosts of England's biggest matches.

"We are committed to expanding the reach of our innovative community schemes in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and wish to place on record our thanks for their continued support.

"Our Ashes Test in 2013 will broadcast Nottinghamshire on a global stage and we look forward to welcoming supporters to enjoy everything that our county has to offer."

The first four days of the 2013 Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge sold out within hours of going on sale on Monday.