New Road, Worcester

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New Road
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Ground information
Location Worcester, Worcestershire, England
End names
New Road End NewRoadCricketGroundPitchDimensions.svg
Diglis End
International information
First ODI13 June 1983:
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
Last ODI22 May 1999:
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
First women's Test30 June – 3 July 1951:
Flag of England.svg  England v Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Last women's Test10–13 July 2009:
Flag of England.svg  England v Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
First WODI1 July 2000:
Flag of England.svg  England v Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Last WODI9 June 2019:
Flag of England.svg  England v WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies
Team information
Worcestershire (1896–present)
As of 29 April 2017
Source: cricinfo
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New Road is a cricket ground in the English city of Worcester. It has been the home ground of Worcestershire County Cricket Club since 1896. Since October 2017 the ground has been known for sponsorship purposes as Blackfinch New Road following a five-year sponsorship arrangement with Blackfinch Investments. [1]



The ground is situated in central Worcester, on the west bank of the River Severn, overlooked by Worcester Cathedral on the opposite bank. Immediately to the northwest is a road called New Road, part of the A44, hence the name. 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.[ citation needed ]

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.[ citation needed ]

The 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.[ citation needed ]

Elton John performed at Worcester Cricket Ground in June 2006. [2]

International cricket

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New Road with Worcester Cathedral
New Road flooded during the 2007 season, leading to two abandoned matches. New road flooded.jpg
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; [3] and two in the 1999 World Cup: a six-wicket victory for Australia over Scotland [4] and a four-wicket victory for Sri Lanka over Zimbabwe. [5]

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; [6] [7] Brunt also took a first-innings 6/69 in the 2009 Ashes Test at Worcester, which was drawn. [8] [9] It has staged two Women's ODI in 2000 and 2019. [10]

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. [11]


Men's One-Day Internationals

Women's Tests


List A

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  1. Worcestershire CCC Signs Five-Year Deal With Blackfinch Investments, Renames New Road, Sports Business Daily, 27 October 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  3. 1 2 3 West Indies v Zimbabwe, 2003
  4. 1 2 Australia v Scotland, 1999
  5. 1 2 Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 1999
  6. "Full Scorecard of England Women vs Australia Women 2nd Test 2005 - Score Report". . Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  7. 1 2 England Women v Australia Women, 2005
  8. England Women v Australia Women, 2009
  9. "Full Scorecard of England Women vs Australia Women Only Test 2009 - Score Report". Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  10. England Women v South Africa Women, 2000
  11. England Lions v Australians, 2009
  12. England Women v Australia Women, 1998
  13. England Women v. New Zealand Women, 1954
  14. 1 2 England Women v. India Women, 1986
  15. England Women v Australia Women, 1951
  16. Worcs v Leics, 1906
  17. Worcs v Surrey, 2007
  18. Worcs v Hants, 1903
  19. Worcs v Middx, 1949
  20. Worcs v Durham, 2002
  21. Worcs v Warwicks, 1982
  22. Worcs v Glam, 1936
  23. 1 2 Same match. Worcs v Somst, 1921
  24. Worcs v Essex, 1937
  25. 1 2 Same match. Worcs v Devon, 1987
  26. Worcs v Hants, 1988
  27. Worcs v Lancs, 1963
  28. Worcs v Yorks, 1975
  29. Worcs v Gloucs, 2005

Coordinates: 52°11′21.21″N2°13′36.93″W / 52.1892250°N 2.2269250°W / 52.1892250; -2.2269250