Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Leach Wants To Emulate Stevens And Play Key Role In All Formats

Leach Wants To Emulate Stevens And Play Key Role In All Formats

Joe Leach has revealed his determination to play a key role for Worcestershire in all formats of the game.

Leach has made a flying start to the LV = County Championship campaign with 13 wickets in two appearances since replacing the injured Gareth Andrew – including a career best 6-73 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

He also scored 95 in the win over Somerset at New Road and his partnership of 158 with centurion Ben Cox swung the momentum Worcestershire's way.

But the former Shropshire player wants to also make the same impact in the NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup.

Leach said: "As an all-rounder, you have to make sure you are effective in all formats of the game.

"I just don't want to be pigeon-holed as a red-ball cricketer.

"If you look at someone like Darren Stevens at Kent and how effective he is, that's exactly what I'm striving to do, establish myself in all three sides."

Leach has been pleased to carry on where he left off last season when he picked up 33 Championship wickets and scored several valuable half centuries.

He said: "I've managed to hit the ground running this season. You are always desperate to prove your first season is not just a flash in the pan.

"A lot of us young players are playing in the first division with that mentality."