Worcesterhire To Return To New Road For Kent Game
Following a full review of the conditions and logistics involved, Worcestershire CCC has decided to go ahead with the scheduled LVCC match against Kent starting on Sunday 8th July at the county ground, Worcester.
Chief Executive, Mark Newton, says "This has been a tough and risky decision but all my colleagues have 'bought' into the desire to see cricket being played on Sunday at 11am. The flood water is still on some of the outfield and car parks and in the marquee but we are able to get into the buildings and start the clean up. The most difficult piece of the jigsaw is the wicket but we think a decent wicket can be prepared. I am told by those who know that the normal recovery period is 2 to 3 weeks but we have just six days. The entire infrastructure may not be ready but we owe it to our members and supporters to show what we can achieve.
The 'odour' pervading the ground is pretty bad and we will be calling on our Members later in the week to come down and give a few hours help to wipe down the seats and certain other areas."
This flood is the first summer flood since 1969 and the second worst summer flood ever - 1924 was the worst. Out of 135 floods since 1899, this is the 10th worst on record. The Club has already announced costs and lost revenue of around £150,000 to £200,000.