Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Rhodes Full Of Praise For Packwood And Staff After Pre-Season Floods

Rhodes Full Of Praise For Packwood And Staff After Pre-Season Floods

Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes has praised the "tremendous work" of Worcestershire head groundsman Tim Packwood and his staff after being confronted with the horrendous floods of last winter.

Packwood and Co had to contend with more than 10 feet of water on the square less than two months before the start of the 2014 campaign and large areas of grass destroyed.

Worcestershire had to practice pre-season at Kidderminster after returning from Abu Dhabi and contingency plans were in place at Chester Road should the county's headquarters not recover in time for the start of the season.

But cricket got underway as scheduled in April at New Road and there was no problem with the standard of wickets which Rhodes believes actually suited the attack at his disposal.

The outfield also slowly but surely recovered after some inevitable early season bare patches after the flood battering and looked a picture when the season ended in mid September.

Rhodes said: "The first two months really were very difficult for Tim Packwood and his staff because there was a lot of silt on the square.

"It did affect the wickets in the sense that they became slower with less grass so it didn't carry as much.

"But I think it suited our bowlers who are obviously quite organised and disciplined in the way they bowl regarding the seamers.

"And with Saeed Ajmal the other end, I think on slow and low pitches spinners are difficult to face because it means they can catch you on the crease a little bit and then Saeed is very dangerous with the doosra.

"I'm so delighted that he has worked so well with the square and the outfield, Tim and all his staff.

"Once we got a little bit of grass growing on the square, we've looked after it by leaving a little bit of grass on the wickets and that does help.

"Let's just hope now we can have a flood free winter because that will be nice for Tim and just reward for the hard and tremendous work he has put in.

"If it is not to be, it is not to be and we are very resilient in our resolve against floods and we will deal with it."