Royals suffer more rain misery

Source - sportinglife.com

Worcestershire's miserable Twenty20 campaign continued when their match against Glamorgan at Himley Cricket Club near Dudley was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Heavy rain began two and a half hours before the scheduled, 10 miles north of Kidderminster where the Royals have played their last two Twenty20 Cup matches because of severe flooding at New Road.

They are continuing extensive mopping-up operations at their headquarters where they intend to start an LV County Championship Division One match against Kent on Sunday.

"I've never known anything like it in all my time in cricket," said Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton.

"For sustained disappointment this is just unbelievable. Himley Cricket Club are very disappointed. They did everything they could to help.

"Inevitably, when you come to an out-ground the facilities aren't as good as they are at a county ground but I have to say with the rain we've had today, and in the last few days, I'm not sure if we would have got on at New Road to be honest."

Glamorgan have no chance of reaching the quarter-finals while Worcestershire must win against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Friday to stand any chance of progressing.

However, Newton regards qualification as "highly unlikely" following a rain-wrecked Midlands/West/Wales Division which has featured three no results for them.

Glamorgan have now had six one-day matches rained off so far this season, including three in the Twenty20 Cup.
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