Saturday, July 8th, 2017

Leach: Fate In Championship In Our Own Hands

Leach: Fate In Championship In Our Own Hands

Joe Leach says Worcestershire's fate is in their own hands as the battle for promotion in the Specsavers County Championship reaches the "business end" of the campaign.

Worcestershire take on Gloucestershire at Cheltenham tomorrow and then, when they resume in August after the T20 Blast, there will be just five four-day games remaining of the campaign.

The County currently lie in second spot in the table – and with a game in hand on third placed Kent who trail them by two points.

Skipper Leach said: "We've got six Championship games left so we are at the business end now and, if we can put together a couple of results on the lead in, we are going to be in a very strong position to get out of the division.

"It seems to be very front-loaded the schedule (for Championship cricket). We need to make sure we put together six good games of cricket and if we do that we will get promoted.

"We are well aware our fate is in our own hands which is exactly the position you want to be in come this stage of the season.

"You set yourselves up to be in that position come the back end and, if we carry on performing as we are, then we are going to be in a good position.

"In terms of Cheltenham, we will turn up fully focused to do the job.

"But we've also got a chunk of 14 T20s and it is up to us to adapt to both formats now and give both a really good go."

Gloucestershire triumphed over Glamorgan inside two days during the opening Championship match of the Cheltenham Festival.

Leach said: "My experience of Cheltenham is that is a pretty good wicket. The reports we've had is that the pitch wasn't necessarily as bad as those scores suggest.

"We expect it to be a good pitch there. It is a really good occasion.They put it (The Festival) on very well and it's a big game in our season."

Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes said: "Any reports on the two day game? A little bit. I've chatted to people who have been down there.

"But you can't read too much into it. In the past there have been some very good Cheltenham wickets and obviously that was a tricky one."