The ECB has turned down Derbyshire's offer to help Worcestershire save one of their Twenty20 Cup fixtures.
The New Road ground is under two to three feet of water after the River Severn burst its banks this week and Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton asked his counterpart at the County Ground, Tom Sears, if their match against Warwickshire tomorrow could be moved to Derby.
Derbyshire agreed but the plan floundered when the ECB ruled it was against their regulations to allow a county to switch a fixture outside their own borders.
The game has now had to be abandoned and Sears said: "It's a shame because both sides had agreed to it and I would have thought playing the game in Derby would have been better than playing no game at all.
"The staff here all bought into it, even though it meant extra work for them, and we would have made a bit of money as well."
Worcestershire face having to switch their remaining Twenty20 matches, on Friday and Sunday, to another venue in the county.
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