Play between Worcestershire and Lancashire at Blackfinch New Road will get underway at 2.10pm in the Specsavers County Championship match between the two sides.

There will be 64 overs to be bowled during the remainder of the third day with tea scheduled for 4.10pm.

Lancashire will be starting their first innings in reply to Worcestershire’s 98 all out.

Umpires Rob Bailey and Mark Newell inspected the pitch at 10.30am and, after a delayed start, again at 11.30am and decided no play was possible before lunch.

But a further inspection after lunch yielded more positive news.

The groundstaff at Blackfinch New Road carrried out extensive mopping up work on the square after more heavy overnight rain.

A total of 1,105 gallons of water were removed from the outfield today by the blotter which was in operation from early morning.

More than 50 millimetres of rain have fallen in Worcester during the past six days.