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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 July 2007, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Worcs-Kent will not replay match
New Road, Worcester
The water was at its second highest level ever at New Road
The England and Wales Cricket Board has ruled that Worcestershire's abandoned County Championship match against Kent will not be replayed.

The fixture was called off without a ball being bowled three weeks ago as New Road was flooded by heavy rain.

The ECB originally ruled that the game could be rescheduled, but that decision was met with protests from other sides.

And it has now been decided that the match is abandoned, with both sides awarded four points.

Durham, Lancashire, Warwickshire and Yorkshire were the teams that refused to support a proposal that the match be replayed at an alternative location.

And an ECB statement read: "The board determined that the resolution to reschedule the match was flawed in that it could provide advantage to Worcestershire.

"The board has therefore determined the only option left to it is that the match be abandoned."

"We find it extraordinary that four counties should have decided to overturn the ECB's proposal to resolve this matter for what can only be regarded as reasons of self-interest

Kent chairman Carl Openshaw

However, the decision has been met with outrage by Kent, whose chairman Carl Openshaw said: "Everyone connected with Kent cricket is extremely disappointed at the way this situation has unfolded and by the eventual outcome.

"We find it extraordinary that four counties should have decided to overturn the ECB's proposal to resolve this matter for what can only be regarded as reasons of self-interest.

"It should be noted that Yorkshire, Warwickshire and Durham had all gained at least 20 points from their matches with Worcestershire and that the average number of points gained by all counties against Worcestershire up to that date was 16.

"The Kent players feel cheated and the members and supporters of Kent have been badly let down. We continue to consider our position in this matter and are reserving all our legal rights."

Meanwhile, Worcestershire have switched two more fixtures from their New Road ground following recent flooding in the area.

Their Pro40 game with Sussex on 29 July has already been moved to Edgbaston.

While most counties are suffering badly from extreme weather conditions, we are suffering more than most

Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton

And Kidderminster will host the County game with Yorkshire from 14-17 August, with the Pro40 game against Lancashire on 25 August taking place at Taunton.

Club chief executive Mark Newton said: "While most counties are suffering badly from extreme weather conditions, we are suffering more than most.

"All we want to do is play cricket - over the last 18 days, we have played just 180 overs of cricket so it will be good to put recent events behind us."

Newton admitted on Sunday that his team might not be able to play any more games at New Road this summer with parts of the ground under 12 feet of water.

The county have suffered huge losses after two floods inside a month.



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