A COUNCIL has defended agreeing to invest £2.8m in Durham County Cricket Club while it makes budget cuts.
The club said the grant will secure the future of international fixtures at Chester-le-Street.
Durham County Council has agreed the deal in principal with the club, which will host an Ashes Test for the first time this summer at its Emirates ground.
A spokesman said investing in the cricket club’s future will generate millions for the local economy.
The Labour-controlled authority recently confirmed it must save £200m by 2018, with the loss of 1,600 jobs.