Kidderminster might have seen its last first-class cricket for a while if the Worcestershire weather over the next few years turn out a bit kinder than this summer's.

Despite proving such a hit as a stand-in venue for flood-hit New Road, Chester Road seems unlikely to be guaranteed a fixture in 2008 by way of a reward - and, in fact, Kidderminster may only stage future Worcestershire home matches in the event of flooding.

Worcestershire have yet to stage a meeting with Kidderminster Victoria Cricket Club officials. But, purely for financial reasons, chief executive Mark Newton has revealed that the county's thinking is more about confirming Chester Road's status as their official stand-by home.

Takings of up to £30,000 at New Road for such a big one-day match as yesterday's were lost (an estimated 2,000 crowd at Chester Road resulted in takings of only £6,000, and at an increased staging cost).

Newton said: "Kidderminster have been very good to us over the last few weeks and we're very grateful. But what we want most to do is re-strengthen our relationship for the future. That doesn't mean we will bring a first-class game back to Chester Road next year. In fact that is unlikely.

"We have to do what is right for the county and that inevitably involves money. And what we need is a much stronger contingency plan for any repeat of what's happened this year - to put a bit more into the infrastucture knowing we can go there at very short notice."

When the floods struck in mid-July, Chester Road was the first ground Worcestershire turned to. Although they were also helped out by the Royal Grammar School's ground at Flagge Meadow - and went beyond county boundaries to Himley, Derby, Edgbaston and even Taunton - Kidderminster has become their semi-permanent home for the last ten days of cricket on Worcestershire soil this summer.

Newton is aware of what a great shop window it has proved for the club.

"We've not had a serious discussion yet," he said, "although we will in the very near future. The great thing about Kidder, as everyone knows, is the wickets. They're fantastic.

"To come here and know we'll get some good cricket is the biggest plus."