Misery at New Road July 24, 2007

Worcestershire lose kit in floods

Cricinfo staff

Huge damage has been caused to New Road by the flooding © Worcestershire CCC
Worcestershire's season continues to go from bad worse. Not only has New Road flooded for a second time, making any more cricket there this season unlikely, large amounts of the players' kit has been damaged leaving them short of supplies ahead of the Championship match against Surrey at Guildford.

The squad are going to have to share whites and equipment after flood water got into the lock-ups at New Road. Steve Rhodes, the director of cricket, also lost his laptop after swimming into his office to try and rescue some possessions.

"There has been around four feet of water in the dressing room where the players store a lot of their kit and equipment, " Rhodes told the Press Association. "The floods also got into the lock-up where most of the training gear is kept and caused a lot of damage.

"A lot of players are waiting for new kit to be delivered but we will have to muck in and help each other out for the game at Surrey. Some of the guys will probably have to wear other people's whites and share their kit. The situation will cause us a bit of a logistical nightmare but we all pull together and get through it."

Worcestershire are still waiting to announce the new venues for their next batch of home matches and to find out the ECB's decision on the Kent and Lancashire Championship games that were abandoned without a ball bowled.

The ECB initially ruled the Kent game would be replayed later this month, but that sparked angry reaction from other Division One teams. With the Lancashire game also off they may be forced to overturn that ruling as fitting in a host of rearranged fixtures wouldn't be possible.