Wednesday 11 July 2007 

More Worcestershire Fixtures Rescheduled After Floods

After this week's LV County Championship match between Worcestershire and Kent was abandoned without a ball being bowled at New Road, the ECB has decided that the match will be rescheduled for the end of July and that their Pro40 opener against Hampshire be moved to Derby.

Worcestershire were optimistic that their ground would be ready despite severe flooding weeks beforehand and were keen to play the game in order to be ready for the televised Pro40 match on Friday.

That match, against Hampshire, will now take place at The County Ground, Derby as the ground is still unlikely to be fit for play.

The ECB considered a number of factors in reaching its decision, notably that the no result from the game disadvantaged Kent and therefore the match should be replayed. The dates for the 'rematch' are July 30, 31, August 1 and 3.

Worcestershire are playing a Pro40 match against Essex on August 2nd, and due to limited space in the fixture list, the game will be sandwiched in the middle of the four-day game.

In a statement issued by the ECB, the board declared the decision to try and play at New Road after the floods 'highly optimistic' but conceded that the circumstances were extreme and that Worcestershire CCC would be given financial aid to help resolve the situation:

"The Board emphasised that these are exceptional circumstances and that the Board have exercised their discretion in light of the floods and in the spirit of fair play to Kent CCC when two potential alternative grounds had been available prior to the scheduled fixture. An early decision concerning the floodlit NatWest Pro40 match allows travel arrangements to be amended and for the Clubs to inform spectators and players of this relocation.

"At the Board meeting held on July 3, 2007 and independent of the matters arising from the relocation and rescheduling of these matches the Board determined to provide financial assistance to Worcestershire County Cricket Club in the sum of £75,000 to assist in the restoration of the New Road ground following the mid-summer flooding."