Monday 6 August 2007 

No Return To New Road This Season For Worcestershire

Worcestershire CCC has officially announced that no more cricket will be played at New Road this season as a result of the 2nd deepest flood ever recorded out of 136 floods since 1899.

Chief Executive, Mark Newton, explains "Now the flood waters have receded, it is clear the ground has been devastated and there is no chance that we can recover the playing area this summer. In contrast to the earlier flood this summer, the water stayed with us for nine days and because of its severity has deposited a thick layer of mud and slurry over the whole area. This in turn has killed much of the grass so we must now turn our attention to repairing the damage in time for the 2008 season. This is the last thing we wanted to do but there is no practical alternative.

Colleagues and Members who have been involved with the Club for decades say they have never seen the ground in such a bad state after a flood. This is a huge disappointment for our players, members and supporters but we must think about what is best over the longer term. We now need to clear all the deposits from the playing area and go into autumn mode to ensure grass growth during the remainder of the summer."

The venues for matches scheduled in September have been confirmed. The County will play Hampshire in the LV County Championship at Kidderminster from the 4th to 7th September (a day earlier than originally scheduled) and the final 'home' game against Northants Steelbacks on Sunday 9th September will also be played at Kidderminster.

Worcestershire's last game at New Road this season was played on 13th June against Scotland. This decision will mean that a total of 25 days of 1st XI cricket out of a possible 49 will have been lost this season including the four Twenty20 Cup games and the annual floodlit fixture. It is estimated that clear up costs, replacement of equipment and revenue losses currently amount to over £450,000.

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