Friday, April 21st, 2023


Worcestershire and Gloucestershire were left frustrated by the weather after day two of the LV=Insurance County Championship match at New Road was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Heavy morning rain left the outfield saturated, and umpires Chris Watts and Ian Blackwell called off play for the day at 1.15pm.

It was in stark contrast to events on the opening day when 17 wickets fell, and 349 runs were scored in a see-saw contest.

When conditions allow, Worcestershire will resume on 118 for 7  in reply to Gloucestershire’s 231 all out.

Worcestershire Head Coach Alan Richardson said: “It is frustrating not to get any play in today, but the game moved forward so quickly yesterday that I’m still confident there will be a result.

“It won’t be as frustrating as it was for the boys yesterday when we had a couple of opportunities to take the game forward, and it didn’t quite happen for us.

“Whilst it is frustrating today, I’m still confident the game will take its natural cause.”

Matthew Waite will resume on 37 not out and will be looking for support from the middle order to boost Worcestershire’s total.

Richardson said: “The lower order take pride in contributing, and they value their wickets highly, and they work incredibly hard at their batting.

“They realise the importance of it, not just in terms of runs, but also the momentum it can give us. Looking ahead, it will be about trying to bat as well as we can for the remainder of the first innings and see where we go from there, and try and apply some pressure with the ball in the second innings.”