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New Road, Worcester

New Road
Ground information
Location Worcester, England
Establishment 1896
Capacity 5,500
End names
New Road End
Diglis End
International information
First ODI 13 June 1983: West Indies v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 22 May 1999: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Worcestershire (1896 – present)
As of 16 December 2007
Source: CricketArchive

New Road, Worcester, England, has been the home cricket ground of Worcestershire County Cricket Club since 1896. Immediately to the northwest is a road called New Road, part of the A44, hence the name.

Contents

  • Overview 1
  • International cricket 2
  • Records 3
    • Men's One-Day Internationals 3.1
    • Women's Tests 3.2
    • First-class 3.3
    • List A 3.4
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Overview

The ground is situated in central Worcester, on the west bank of the River Severn, overlooked by Worcester Cathedral on the opposite bank. To the northwest is Cripplegate Park.

Until 1976, the ground was owned by the Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral. The capacity of the ground is 4,500, small by first-class standards.

There is a small cricket shop located just outside the ground, selling cricket equipment, clothing, books and accessories. This shop opened in July 2008, replacing a long-standing older shop inside the ground. The shop also contains the administrative office for ticket sales and enquiries.

The New Road ground is often flooded in winter by the nearby river, and was severely affected by the floods of July 2007, leading to the cancellation of several matches, and losses that were estimated to take nine years to recoup. This has influenced the naming of the new Worcestershire T20 side, the Worcestershire Rapids.

Elton John performed at Worcester Cricket Ground in June 2006.[1]

The Club announced that it is to make changes to the ground at the New Road End in 2012. It is due to be completed in August 2013 and includes a Premier Inn and improves the club's corporate facilities by opening a bar and expanding the capacity of the ground to 5500. David Leatherdale (CEO) also said that the New Road End will undergo significant change with an expansion again in seating.

International cricket

New Road with Worcester Cathedral
New Road flooded during the 2007 season, leading to two abandoned matches.

New Road has hosted three men's One Day Internationals: one in the 1983 World Cup, when Gordon Greenidge scored 105 not out (the only ever men's international century at the ground) to take the West Indies to an eight-wicket victory over Zimbabwe;[2] and two in the 1999 World Cup: a six-wicket victory for Australia over Scotland[3] and a four-wicket victory for Sri Lanka over Zimbabwe.[4]

The ground has also seen nine Women's Test matches between 1951 and 2009, including the England Women's decisive victory during the 2005 Ashes, in which Katherine Brunt scored 52 and took match figures of 9/111;[5] Brunt also took a first-innings 6/69 in 2009 Ashes Test at Worcester, which was drawn.[6] It has staged a single Women's ODI in 2000, a match curtailed by rain in which South Africa defeated England on run rate.[7]

The England Lions (formerly England A) played a four-day match against the Australian touring side at New Road in 2009; in a drawn match, Mike Hussey (150) and Marcus North (191 not out) made runs, while Worcestershire's Stephen Moore responded with 120; Brett Lee took 6/76.[8]

In 2013, Worcestershire hosted the touring 'Australians' at New Road and the First-Class game along with merchandise sales brought in a six-figure sum for the club.

Records

Men's One-Day Internationals

Women's Tests

  • Matches: 9
  • Highest team total:
    427/4 declared by Australia Women v England Women, 1998[9]
  • Lowest team total:
    63 by New Zealand Women v England Women, 1954[10]
  • Highest individual innings:
    190 by Sandhya Agarwal, India Women v England Women, 1986[11]
  • Best bowling in an innings:
    7/34 by Gill McConway, England Women v India Women, 1986[11]
  • Best bowling in a match:
    9/107 by Mary Duggan for England Women v Australia Women, 1951[12]
    9/111 by Katherine Brunt for England Women v Australia Women, 2005[5]

First-class

List A

  • Highest team total:
    404/3 (60 overs) by Worcestershire v Devon, 1987[22]
  • Lowest team total:
    45 (23.4 overs) by Hampshire v Worcestershire, 1988[23]
  • Highest individual innings:
    172* by Graeme Hick v Devon, 1987[22]
  • Best bowling in an innings:
    6-14 by Jack Flavell for Worcestershire v Lancashire, 1963[24]
    6-14 by Howard Cooper for Yorkshire v Worcestershire, 1975[25]
    6-16 by Shoaib Akhtar for Worcestershire v Gloucestershire, 2005[26]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/herefordandworcester/content/articles/2006/06/07/elton_john_concert_layout_feature.shtml
  2. ^ a b c West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2003
  3. ^ a b Australia v Scotland, 1999
  4. ^ a b Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 1999
  5. ^ a b England Women v Australia Women, 2005
  6. ^ England Women v Australia Women, 2009
  7. ^ England Women v South Africa Women, 2000
  8. ^ England Lions v Australians, 2009
  9. ^ England Women v Australia Women, 1998
  10. ^ England Women v New Zealand Women, 1954
  11. ^ a b England Women v India Women, 1986
  12. ^ England Women v Australia Women, 1951
  13. ^ Worcs v Leics, 1906
  14. ^ Worcs v Surrey, 2007
  15. ^ Worcs v Hants, 1903
  16. ^ Worcs v Middx, 1949
  17. ^ Worcs v Durham, 2002
  18. ^ Worcs v Warwicks, 1982
  19. ^ Worcs v Glam, 1936
  20. ^ a b Same match. Worcs v Somst, 1921
  21. ^ Worcs v Essex, 1937
  22. ^ a b Same match. Worcs v Devon, 1987
  23. ^ Worcs v Hants, 1988
  24. ^ Worcs v Lancs, 1963
  25. ^ Worcs v Yorks, 1975
  26. ^ Worcs v Gloucs, 2005

External links

  • County Ground, New Road, Worcester, CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 May 2007.

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