Play called off at New Road

No play was possible on day one of the Specsavers County Championship Division Two clash between Worcestershire and Kent due to wet conditions.

Despite sunshine and a strong breeze through the morning, there were still wet areas around the run-ups at 3pm when umpires Ian Gould and Richard Illingworth ruled out any chance of a start.

Kent captain Sam Northeast said: “It’s extremely frustrating… after four weeks of preparation in pre-season and we get to the first day and we are unable to play and the sun’s out as well. The boys are raring to go, so it’s pretty disappointing.

“We’ve hoped for the best obviously but looking at the ground this morning, we knew it was going to be tough to get on.”

There was a similar response from Worcestershire as assistant coach Matt Mason said: “We can’t do anything about it.

“It’s one of those things that is out of our control. We have given the ground a good chance to dry out today and it has not quite done it. Player safety has got to come first.”

Worcestershire are beginning their season in Division Two after being relegated last season, while Kent finished seventh in 2015. 

Source: ECB

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