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The flooding has left an inch of mud covering the playing area

Worcestershire have ruled out playing any more cricket at New Road this season after the recent severe flooding.

They had already re-arranged all their games in August away from their headquarters but clung to the possibility of being able to return in September for the finale of the campaign.

But a huge layer of mud spread across the entire outfield and square, now that the water has subsided, has dashed any hopes of that being able to happen.

The final LV County Championship game of the season with Hampshire is likely to be staged at Kidderminster with the venue for the televised Pro40 clash with Northants to be announced on Monday.

It means that lost revenue this season will rise towards the £500,000 mark.

Worcestershire chief executive Mark Newton said: “I think everyone was at their lowest ebb last weekend when the floods finally came off the ground and they saw the mud heap that covered the ground.

“It was a big blow to everyone who has put their heart and soul into the club and realise that at the height of summer we should be out there playing cricket. It was devastating.

“There is no chance of playing any more cricket at New Road this summer. It stinks everywhere and there is an inch of mud across all the square and the outfield.

“All we can do now is concentrate on getting everything right, reseeding the ground, and getting it even better for our first match here in April 2008. Everyone is lifting themselves to achieve that goal.”

Newton remains adamant Worcestershire will not contemplate moving away from New Road after what he describes as “the worst disaster in the club’s history.”

He said: “The lost revenue is rising towards £500,000 but the board are determined we will not move away from New Road.

“A recent survey showed this is one of the top-10 grounds in the world that people like to visit.

“This is the second highest flood in the club’s history but the last summer flood before the two we have had this year was in 1969. It is 38 years since the last one during a season and we have to hope we will have the same gap again.”