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Worcestershire make temporary move to Kidderminster following New Road flooding

Worcestershire forced to change plans following New Road flooding

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Worcestershire have switched their pre-season preparations from New Road to Kidderminster as a result of flooding during the close-season.

New Road has been under water four times in the past three months, forcing the practice nets and square to be re-seeded.

The county have therefore erected a giant marquee over the square at Kidderminster's Chester Road ground to allow players to practice on outdoor wickets.

"The square and nets were re-seeded 10 days ago and the plan, weather permitting, is for the players to return in early April," said Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale.

"The marquee has been put up at Kidderminster to enable the players to bat and bowl on outdoor wickets rather than in indoors."

New Road is regularly flooded by the nearby River Severn but Leatherdale remains confident the square will be ready for the start of the new season.

"It is already looking 10 times better and there are no home games until May," he added.