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Cricket ground engulfed in water as flooding wreaks havoc before season begins

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WORCESTERSHIRE’S iconic cricket ground has been engulfed in water just days away from the new season.

Flooding has wreaked havoc on New Round in Worcester this week.

Worcestershire's New Road ground has been left engulfed by water

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Worcestershire’s New Road ground has been left engulfed by waterCredit: PA
Flooding has wreaked havoc on the iconic cricket venue

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Flooding has wreaked havoc on the iconic cricket venueCredit: PA
The flooding comes just days before the new County Championship season begins

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The flooding comes just days before the new County Championship season beginsCredit: PA

One side of the ground and the surrounding fields have been left underwater as a result of the flooding.

The water has left visible damage to the playing surface at New Road, which sits on the west bank of the River Severn.

New Road is often flooded during the winter due to its proximity to the river.

Flash floods in January left the venue completely underwater, whilst a match in 2019 had to be moved due to flooding.

However, the latest flooding will come as a concern ahead of the new cricket season.

The County Championship is set to get underway on Friday, with Worcestershire travelling to Edgbaston to face Warwickshire.

Fortunately, their first home match on April 19 is not scheduled to be held at New Road.

Chester Road North in Kidderminster is instead set to host their clash with Durham.

Meanwhile, the first fixture at New Road in 2024 will be the Pears’ fourth County Championship match of the campaign against Somerset, starting on April 26.

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Worcestershire are competing back in division one for the first time since 2018 after winning promotion last season.

Their home matches will be spread between Chester Road North and the 5,500-capacity New Road.

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The iconic venue was opened in 1896 and has been the team’s home since the following year.

New Road often floods during the winter due to its proximity to the River Severn

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New Road often floods during the winter due to its proximity to the River SevernCredit: PA
Worcestershire are set to play their first match at New Road on April 26

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Worcestershire are set to play their first match at New Road on April 26Credit: PA
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