Worcestershire's opening Specsavers County Championship match of the campaign against Kent at New Road has suffered a rain-hit start.

Play was called off on the first day at 3pm due to a waterlogged outfield after an inspection by umpires Richard Illingworth and Ian Gould.

Persistent rain fell in Worcester on Saturday after a deluge the previous day.

The weather was just as bleak this morning (Monday) with persistent rain leaving pools of water on the outfield.

The umpires decided to make a pitch inspection at 12.30pm.

Worcestershire assistant coach-bowling coach Matt Mason said after the first day wash-out: "It is frustrating but we can't do anything about it. It is one of those things that is out of your control really.

"We've given it a good chance to dry out today and it just hasn't done it quite enough and at the end of the day players safety has got to come first and foremost. These decisions have to be made.

"There are quite a few patches out there where the ground is a little bit unsafe. It is shifting underfoot.

"The umpires have taken the decision that it is not quite fit and we have to respect that and get on with the game tomorrow although the forecast doesn't look too encouraging for that either but these things are out of our control.

"It absolutely chucked it down with rain yesterday and this ground, being so close to the river and the way the river has come up as well, I guess it has got nowhere to go.

"We needed some sunshine all day and breeze and, although it has improved, it would need to improve a bit more yet."

 

 

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