Sunday, February 4th, 2024


Newly promoted Worcestershire will play eight days of warm-up action in preparation for the 2024 season and a return to Division One cricket in the County Championship.

The pre-season programme for Worcestershire will begin at Kidderminster’s Chester Road ground on Thursday, March 21 with a three-day fixture against Durham UCCE.

It will be followed by a two-day match against Hampshire at Utilita Bowl on March 25-26, a fixture which has been a regular part of the pre-season build-up in recent seasons.

Worcestershire will then return to Kidderminster over the Easter weekend for a three-day encounter with the South Asian Cricket Academy, starting on Saturday, March 30.

They became the first County in 2022 to play SACA after its formation, with a Seconds match at Stratford-upon-Avon, and further strengthened that link with a Seconds three-dayer at Stourbridge last summer.

Worcestershire will train outdoors at Kidderminster from mid March with the County Championship programme getting underway on April 5 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Head Coach Alan Richardson said: “Hopefully those eight days of cricket, plus all the training by the lads here and the work the guys have done abroad, will put us in a really good spot for the start of the season.

“The last Saturday for the lads who are overseas to play will be March 9, and then the following week we will train outdoors at Kidderminster before starting the pre-season games.”