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Rapids hit New Road

Worcestershire's new T20 logo Credit: Worcestershire CCC

The flood water may have dropped but the Rapids are about to rise at New Road as 2014 will see Worcestershire County Cricket Club transform into the Worcestershire Rapids for NatWest T20 Blast.

The county will use its new name for the T20 competition, which it hopes refers not only to the annual floods associated with New Road but also at the entertainment fans may enjoy at the games.

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New Road cricket ground submerged under water

Worcestershire County Cricket Club's New Road ground has been swallowed by the floods as the River Severn shows no mercy.

Worcestershire's New Road pitch has been completely submerged under water Credit: ITV News Central
Rows of seats in the Graeme Hick Pavilion have been swallowed by flood water Credit: ITV News Central
There is so much water there is no grass in sight Credit: ITV News Central

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell signs new deal

Mitchell made his debut for the county in May 2005. Credit: Worcestershire Cricket Club

Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell has signed a deal to keep him at New Road until the end of 2016.

The Badsey born right-hander made his First Class debut for the County in May 2005.

The 29-year-old has scored 6647 First Class runs for Worcestershire during his career.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club signs New Zealand star

Jacob Oram
Jacob Oram Credit: Worcestershire County Cricket

Worcestershire County Cricket Club has signed New Zealand international Jacob Oram for the duration of the 2013 Friends Life t20 campaign.

The 34-year-old black cap has represented New Zealand in an international career spanning 11 years.

He was released from his contract at New Zealand Cricket in 2012 to focus on the shortened format of the game.

He's appeared 99 times in the t20, scoring 66 as his highest in December 2007.

"I have admired Jacob's all-round qualities for some time now and his t20 experience, which he has gained from global competitions, is a major plus factor in our desire to have a successful Friends Life t20 campaign."

Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes.

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George Chesterson MBE passes away

George Chesterson MBE has passed away at the age of 90.

Chesterston represented Worcestershire County Cricket Club between 1950 & 1957, making 47 First Class appearances.

He later served as Club President between 1990 & 1993.

Martyn Price, Chairman of Worcestershire CCC, said: "George's involvement in many aspects of the Club over the years, as a player, President, and latterly his involvement with WOPA means he was well known by many of our members and supporters and he will be remembered fondly by many people."

Saeed Ajmal unavailable for Worcestershire County Cricket Club's t20 campaign

Saeed Ajmal will be unavailable for Worcestershire Country Cricket Club's Twenty20 campaign Credit: Worcestershire CCC

Saeed Ajmal will be unavailable for Worcestershire Country Cricket Club's Twenty20 campaign because of commitments to his national side.

Ajmal had signed a contract to appear in Worcestershire CCC's t20 run at a time when the Pakistan tour to Sri Lanka was not agreed in the ICC schedule, but it is now understood that it is likely to take place between late May and mid July 2012, ruling Ajmal out of the County's t20 campaign.

Director of Cricket, Steve Rhodes, commented "losing a player of Saeed's quality is a big disappointment, however, we are extremely active in finding a replacement for the t20."

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