Bad weather holds up Bears

Source - iccoventry.co.uk

Worcestershire Twenty20 Cup campaign has been hit by floods in both Worcester and Sheffield.

Tonight's West Midlands derby against Worcestershire at New Road has been abandoned because the ground was flooded yesterday when the River Teme broke its banks after several days of heavy rain.

Flooding in Sheffield also affected the offices of the Home Office's work permit section, delaying Warwickshire's attempts to obtain the paperwork necessary to secure registration papers from the England and Wales Cricket Board to allow Vaughn van Jaarsveld to make his debut in county cricket.

Worcestershire's headquarters ground was flooded in season for the first time since 1969 but attempts to have this evening's game switched to another venue came to nothing.

Warwickshire offered to stage the match at Edgbaston but that was rejected by the ECB who were concerned that it might give the Bears an unfair advantage.

It would, however, have allowed Worcestershire to have recouped some of their lost revenue and attracted a potentially larger crowd than the one they anticipated getting at New Road.

Suggestions that the match could be played on neutral territory either at Bristol or Derby were rejected for logistical reasons, leaving Warwickshire and Worcestershire to share the spoils from a washout.

In central Sheffield the Home Office department which deals with work permits for sportsmen was reduced to a skeleton staff yesterday after heavy rain on Monday caused flooding in the city centre.

The ECB have asked Warwickshire for documentation to allow van Jaarsveld, the former South Africa A batsman, to switch from a work permit that allows him to play for Moseley in the Birmingham League to one that clears him for county cricket.

Van Jaarsveld, who joined Warwickshire as a Kolpak signing almost two weeks ago, cannot be registered by the ECB without Home Office approval.

Warwickshire will make another attempt to push through van Jaarsveld's registration before their next Twenty20 Cup match against Gloucestershire at Bristol on Friday.

Van Jaarsveld's continued absence has given veteran Scottish allrounder Dougie Brown an unexpected opportunity to revive his Warwickshire career and led to former England slow left-armer Nick James being called into the first team squad for the first time this season.
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