Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Lunch-Time Inspection On Third Day At New Road

Lunch-Time Inspection On Third Day At New Road

Groundstaff are carrying out mopping up operations at New Road as Worcestershire hope for better luck with the weather in their Specsavers County Championship clash with Kent.

Yesterday's heavy downpours throughout the day have left the ground saturated and play was called off for the second successive day without a ball being bowled.

Umpires Richard Illingworth and Ian Gould will make a further inspection today at 12.30pm but the prospects of any play are remote.

Head groundsman Tim Packwood and his team were working on the ground until 8pm last evening and were back at their posts at 7am today.

The intervention of the elements has significantly decreased the chances of a positive result in the County's opening fixture of 2016.

But it also evoked memories for some supporters of when only one day was needed to decide the outcome of a match between the two counties 56 years ago.

On that occasion, June 15, 1960 at Tunbridge Wells, Kent won by an innings and 101 runs, scoring 187 and then bowling Worcestershire out for 25 and 61.

It was a match which has a link with the present in that Worcestershire's current spin bowling coach Norman Gifford made his debut in that game.

This match is one of many featured in 'Pears 150' – the book on Worcestershire's history by Andrew Thomas which is again available to buy in the Supporters' Association Shop at the back of the Basil D'Oliveira Stand for £28.