20th Jan, 2019

Talented duo extend New Road stay

Worcester Editorial 6th Nov, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTERSHIRE CCC have secured the futures of promising youngsters Joe Leach and Charlie Morris after the pair signed contracts to remain at New Road.

Right-handed batsman Leach has extended his current contract until the end of 2014, after clocking up a total of 260 runs in only six County Championship matches last season.

The 23-year-old hit his first maiden First Class century against Gloucestershire in July with an average of 37.14 for the season.

He said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract for the 2014 season and hope that it will be a successful campaign both personally and for the team.”

Morris, 21, will serve the county on a Summer Scholarship during the 2014 season, before securing his future at the club with a full contract, running until the end of the 2015 campaign.

The medium-fast bowler featured in the YB40 competition this summer and collected his best one-day return of 2-25 at Trent Bridge.

“I am delighted that the club has offered me a full contract for after I finish my studies at university,” he said.

“It’s an honour to be a part of the club and has been a dream to play professional cricket.

“However, I am aware that the hard work begins now and I’m excited for the opportunities ahead and hopefully contributing to the future success of the club.”

Steve Rhodes, director of cricket, said: “Both Joe and Charlie have shown great promise in the early stages of their cricketing careers. We look forward to seeing the duo reach their full potential.”

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