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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 July 2007, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Worcs face major mopping up task
New Road, Worcester
The water is at its second highest level ever at new Road
Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton has admitted the team may not be able to play any more games at their New Road home this summer.

Parts of the ground are currently under 12 feet of water at one end as a result of flooding in the city.

"It looks as though we won't have any more cricket played at New Road until the end of August.

"I'm hopeful we might play something in September but that's still doubtful," Newton told BBC Test Match Special.

Worcestershire have already suffered huge losses and are now considering alternative venues in order to fulfil their remaining fixtures.

"We're going to sort it out with the ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board]," said Newton.

"We might play at away grounds or we might play at Kidderminster - that's probably the best [alternative] ground in the county and ironically, it was the only ground in the whole of the Birmingham league to get a game on Saturday."

The current flood is the second to hit New Road in less than a month.

"We worked valiantly to get the ground back and last Thursday, the day before the Lancashire game, we could have played cricket on it. The square was in good condition and most of the outfield. but the rains came overnight.

"I don't think we'll rush back this time. The wicket has now taken two huge doses of water, so we're looking at rescheduling and thinking about the future."

Newton added, however, that the club would not at this stage consider the possibility of moving to a new ground further away from the River Severn.

"I read a survey which said this was one of the 10 grounds in the world that people most wanted to visit.

"If it happens again in the next five years or so, we'd have to think about it , but it's the first time in 38 years that the ground has flooded in the summer."

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