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Worcestershire to explore move away from New Road

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Worcestershire County Cricket Club has announced that it is considering a move to a new stadium amid ongoing problems regarding flooding at New Road.

Worcestershire said the recent “unprecedented” record volume of flooding at New Road, coupled with the increasing regularity of flooding, has led to its board considering the club’s long-term future at the stadium.

The board will make it a key priority to explore every option, including a move from New Road, over the next few months so it can provide its membership and key stakeholders with a plan. The club said the move will ensure its long-term future.

New Road has hosted Worcestershire matches since the late 19th century. The ground has regularly been impacted by flooding, most notably in 2007 when several matches had to be cancelled.

Yesterday’s (Monday’s) announcement came after Worcestershire’s away match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge was abandoned due to rain.

Speaking to BBC Hereford & Worcester earlier this month, Worcestershire chief executive Ashley Giles said: “I don’t think we can carry on like this. It’s costing us a lot of money. The ground is here to stage cricket, to be a venue for entertainment and hospitality. But conditions are seemingly getting worse.”

Worcestershire’s first home match of the County Championship season will be against Nottinghamshire on May 24. The club will host Lancashire in the T20 Blast on May 31.