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New Road
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Ground information
Location Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Establishment 1896
Capacity 5,500
End names
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Diglis End
International information
First ODI 13 June 1983: West Indies v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 22 May 1999: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Worcestershire (1896–present)
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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.


The ground is situated in central Worcester, on the west bank of the River Severn, overlooked by Worcester Cathedral on the opposite bank. 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.

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.

The New Road 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. This has influenced the naming of the new Worcestershire T20 side, the Worcestershire Rapids.

Elton John performed at Worcester Cricket Ground in June 2006.

The Club announced that it is to make changes to the ground at the New Road End in 2012. It is due to be completed in August 2013 and includes a Premier Inn and improves the club's corporate facilities by opening a bar and expanding the capacity of the ground to 5500. David Leatherdale (CEO) also said that the New Road End will undergo significant change with an expansion again in seating.

International cricket

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New Road with Worcester Cathedral
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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; and two in the 1999 World Cup: a six-wicket victory for Australia over Scotland and a four-wicket victory for Sri Lanka over Zimbabwe.

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; Brunt also took a first-innings 6/69 in 2009 Ashes Test at Worcester, which was drawn. It has staged a single Women's ODI in 2000, a match curtailed by rain in which South Africa defeated England on run rate.

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.

In 2013, Worcestershire hosted the touring 'Australians' at New Road and the First-Class game along with merchandise sales brought in a six-figure sum for the club.


Men's One-Day Internationals

  • Matches: 3
  • Highest team total:
    218/2 (48.3 overs) by West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1983
  • Lowest team total:
    181/7 (50 overs) by Scotland v Australia, 1999
  • Highest individual innings:
    105* by Gordon Greenidge for West Indies v Zimbabwe, 1983
  • Best bowling in an innings:
    3-30 by Pramodya Wickramasinghe for Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 1999

Women's Tests

  • Matches: 9
  • Highest team total:
    427/4 declared by Australia Women v England Women, 1998
  • Lowest team total:
    63 by New Zealand Women v England Women, 1954
  • Highest individual innings:
    190 by Sandhya Agarwal, India Women v England Women, 1986
  • Best bowling in an innings:
    7/34 by Gill McConway, England Women v India Women, 1986
  • Best bowling in a match:
    9/107 by Mary Duggan for England Women v Australia Women, 1951
    9/111 by Katherine Brunt for England Women v Australia Women, 2005


  • Highest team total:
    701/4 declared by Leicestershire v Worcestershire, 1906
    701/6 declared by Worcestershire v Surrey, 2007
  • Lowest team total:
    30 by Hampshire v Worcestershire, 1903
  • Triple centuries:
    331* by Jack Robertson for Middlesex v Worcestershire, 1949
    315* by Graeme Hick for Worcestershire v Durham, 2002
    311* by Glenn Turner for Worcestershire v Warwickshire, 1982
  • Ten wickets in an innings:
    10-51 by Jack Mercer for Glamorgan v Worcestershire, 1936
    10-76 by Jack White for Somerset v Worcestershire, 1921
  • Fifteen wickets in a match:
    15-106 by Reg Perks for Worcestershire v Essex, 1937
    15-175 by Jack White for Somerset v Worcestershire, 1921

List A

  • Highest team total:
    404/3 (60 overs) by Worcestershire v Devon, 1987
  • Lowest team total:
    45 (23.4 overs) by Hampshire v Worcestershire, 1988
  • Highest individual innings:
    172* by Graeme Hick v Devon, 1987
  • Best bowling in an innings:
    6-14 by Jack Flavell for Worcestershire v Lancashire, 1963
    6-14 by Howard Cooper for Yorkshire v Worcestershire, 1975
    6-16 by Shoaib Akhtar for Worcestershire v Gloucestershire, 2005

International Centuries

Single ODI century has been scored at the venue.

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Date Result
1 105* Gordon Greenidge  West Indies &10000000000001100000000 147  Zimbabwe 13 June 1983 Won
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