There are only 50 days to go before Worcestershire CCC return to action at their New Road headquarters.

The countdown to the new campaign gets underway in earnest next week with the full Worcestershire CCC squad reporting back to New Road.

Then on Thursday new skipper Joe Leach, the players, coaches and support staff will fly out to Abu Dhabi for a pre-season training camp.

The new season may feel a long way off today with the cold and wet weather sweeping across the County.

But be assured, the remaining 29 days left in March – including today – and first 21 of April will soon disappear over the horizon.

Northamptonshire are the first visitors to New Road on April 21 for the start of the four-day fixture.

Leach will be hoping that Worcestershire can repeat last season's Championship form against their opponents.

They triumphed by 311 runs at Wantage Road with New Zealander Matt Henry returning match figures of 8-88.

Then the County rewrote the record books when pulling off a two wicket success at New Road.

The 401 target was the highest ever achieved by the County to win on their own ground with opener Daryl Mitchell scoring two centuries in the game.