Thursday 26 July 2007 

Worcester Move Games To Kidderminster And Taunton

Worcestershire County Cricket Club has announced that Kidderminster and Taunton have come to the rescue and will play host to their home games in August.

With New Road still unfit for play, the Chester Road ground at Kidderminster will become Worcester's home for LV County Championship Division One clashes against Yorkshire from August 14th to 17th and the televised Pro40 Division One match against Lancashire will take place at Taunton, home of Somerset.

Worcestershire Chief Executive Mark Newton explained, "Kidderminster has hosted many first class games in the past and they have an excellent wicket at Chester Road. We are delighted they have agreed to stage this game at short notice.

"The match against Lancashire Lightning is a televised game so it has been necessary to find a ground that is both available and capable of taking the infrastructure required. Somerset couldn't have been more helpful in agreeing to stage this game. We are aware that this will involve some travel for our members and supporters but we hope they will support us in large numbers during these unusual circumstances."

Worcestershire remain hopeful that home games in September against Hampshire and Northamptonshire will see the side back at New Road although this will depend on flood waters and bad weather receding.

Meanwhile, their Australian overseas players Phil Jaques and Doug Bollinger will return to Australia on August 18th having been selected for Australia's A tour of Pakistan. Neither will be available for the county after this date.

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