15th Jan, 2019

Pears skipper urged to be smart over bowling spells

Rob George 29th Apr, 2017

DIRECTOR of cricket Steve Rhodes said Worcestershire skipper Joe Leach “will be smart” when it comes to determining the length of spells he bowls as the season progresses.

Leach led from the front in reeling off almost 10 overs on the trot at the climax of Worcestershire’s 20-run win over Northamptonshire in the Specsavers County Championship.

It was a typically lion-hearted effort and the 26-year-old finished with 5-62 and career best match figures of 10-122 as the county sealed back-to-back wins.

Rhodes said: “Joe looked very determined. I don’t think the lads could prise the ball out of his hand!

“It worked out well but we will have to be careful and at times he is going to have to listen to the rest of the boys.

“But in this situation his determination to win and do the job outweighed possibly what the other guys were thinking and taking himself off.

“Joe has got to be smart and he will be smart.

“He has got good skills for the early season and is not an easy bowler to face. His delivery to get rid of Ben Duckett early on was an absolute snorter.

“This time of year he is really difficult to face. That’s not to say he isn’t at the back end of the year and he has got some good reverse swing skills and we all know he has got one-day skills.”

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