Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Leeds-Bradford Game Is Abandoned After Rain Deluge

worcestershire ccc suffered more weather frustration as their three-day first class fixture with leeds bradford mccu was abandoned today without a ball being bowled.

umpires steve o’shaughnessy and paul pollard decided that conditions were unlikely to improve during the next 24 hours and called off the fixture on the second morning.

flagge meadow was already saturated after the recent downpours and more overnight rain left puddles strewn across the ground particularly on the road-side area of the outfield.

it was worcestershire’s first complete wash-out of a first class fixture since the county championship match with kent at New Road in april 2016.

worcestershire have now had six successive days of scheduled action fall victim to the elements.

after the two-day game with somerset at taunton was reduced to a one-day affair, the three days against gloucestershire at bristol were washed out.

the county’s players took to the grass nets at New Road on sunday to keep ticking over in the build-up to the new campaign.

an academy-second eleven two-day fixture is scheduled to take place at rgs worcester on wednesday and thursday this week if conditions improve.

meanwhile, brett d’oliveira will rejoin his team-mates today after a successful three weeks playing for the north versus the south and then the mcc against champion county essex in the caribbean.