Monday 8 September 2008 

Worcestershire Move Games Following Flooding


Worcestershire's New Road ground has been flooded by heavy rain, with the result that they are to move upcoming matches to Kidderminster after their ground was flooded over the weekend.

In May 2007, the ground was flooded (see below) and was not used again until the start of this season and the club has been quick to put its contingency plan into place.

Worcestershire's New Road under water

Worcestershire Chief Executive Mark Newton said, "Following Graeme Hick's announcement about his retirement from County Cricket at the end of the season, interest about these two fixtures has been immense. Cricket followers throughout the Country want to see his last few innings at New Road but the irony is that he started his cricket in England at Kidderminster.

"We hope that our members and supporters will make every effort to come to the cricket and give Graeme the send off he deserves as the team look to finish off the season as Division Two Champions.

"Together with the Kidderminster officials, we will put into place the best infrastructure we can for the numbers expected. As usual at Chester Road, we urge people to bring their own seats, food and drink (maximum of 4 bottles per person equivalent)."

The two matches in question are the NatWest Pro40 Division One game against Middlesex Crusaders on September 14th and the LV County Championship Division Two game against the same opposition from September 17th to 20th.

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Picture credit: Worcestershire CCC