County Cricket round-up: Unlikely scent of revolution in air at Worcester

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If you were looking for somewhere where the scent of revolution is unlikely ever to be in the air, Worcester would be a good start. Nonetheless, English cricket's most attractive ground played host to a disgruntled crowd of more than 300 for a "lively" question-and-answer debate lasting two hours earlier this week.

Concern was expressed that the likes of Steve Davies and Gareth Batty are leaving New Road – both are destined for Surrey – at the end of the season. Another issue was Worcestershire's poor results in the championship – where they have yet to win a match, although they're making a decent fist of their current match against Nottinghamshire.

Notts are 9-1 in reply to Worcestershire's 334 of which Gareth Andrew, once of Somerset, made an unbeaten 92. Even if Worcestershire can win this one, however, relegation to the Second Division looks likely, and their local rivals Warwickshire could well be joining them. They stumbled to 53-4 against Yorkshire yesterday, Ian Bell suffering the bumpiest of landings after the high of being an Ashes winner on Sunday. Bell was out for just 23 as Ajmal Shahzad took three wickets.

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