0 Kent complaint floods in

worcester floods 3Kent have lodged a formal complaint with the England and Wales Cricket Board about Worcestershire's decision to try to play their County Championship match at New Road just 12 days after the ground was submerged in almost 16 feet of water.

Worcestershire's gamble in trying to get the ground playable in just six days backfired despite enlisting the support of around 100 supporters in a cleaning-up operation last week.

Yesterday's opening day was abandoned without a ball being bowled because the outfield was still waterlogged, and an unpleasant odour pervaded the ground from sewage that had seeped into water from the River Teme.

Worcestershire turned down the option of switching the game to Kidderminster so that they could concentrate their efforts on getting New Road playable for Friday's lucrative floodlit Pro-40 League match. But their confident assertion that New Road would be playable proved wildly optimistic and drew criticism from Paul Millman, Kent's chief executive.

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