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Thanksgiving service for Worcestershire CCC academy director

Damian D'Oliveira died at the end of June Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

A thanksgiving memorial service is taking place today for former Worcestershire County Cricket Club player and academy director, Damian D'Oliveira.

The 53-year-old died in June aged 53 after a long battle with cancer.

It will take place at the club's ground,and many past and present players are expected to attend.

Damian D'Oliveira, the son of Worcestershire and England legend Basil D'Oliveira, played for the Worcestershire between 1982 and 1995.

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Worcestershire CCC sign Alex Hales on month loan

Worcestershire County Cricket Club have signed Alex Hales on a month's loan from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

Alex Hales Credit: Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales

Hales will cover for Moeen Ali in the County Championship after he was named in England's squad for next Friday's One Day International in Scotland.

Hales will be available for Worcestershire's next fixture on Sunday against Glamorgan.

Worcester CCC confident over fixtures despite recent floods

Worcester County Cricket ground under water Credit: PA

So far this winter, Worcestershire County Cricket Club have splashed out around £20,000 on clean-up operations following flooding.

However, the club say they are confident they will not have to switch early season fixtures away from New Road because of recent floods.

Chief Executive David Leatherdale has admitted the outfield and cricket square are currently in a muddy condition but is optimistic it will have recovered in time for the start of the 2013 campaign.

"We have had three to four main floods which have covered the ground for about four of the last eight to nine weeks. But we are confident it will not affect the early season fixtures. We are not panicking. We have had flooding in early April before and still played. You get used to it."

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Hughes arrival delayed

Phil Hughes won't be joining new club Worcestershire County Cricket Club until late May Credit: Worcestershire CCC

Australian batsman Phil Hughes won't be joining new club Worcestershire County Cricket Club until late May. His arrival has been delayed due to commitments with his national side.

Hughes commented "While it has cut my time in the UK back, I am very confident that I will be better prepared and ready to play my part in what should be a successful campaign for Worcestershire."