Worcestershire captain Leach out for season with back injury

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Joe Leach took seven wickets at an average of 45 in the One-Day Cup this season

Worcestershire captain Joe Leach will miss the rest of the season with a stress fracture of his back.

Leach was only able to bowl four overs in the Pears’ one-wicket One-Day Cup victory over Warwickshire on 7 June.

The 27-year-old all-rounder is Worcestershire’s leading wicket-taker in first-class cricket this season, with 23 dismissals at 22.08.

Head coach Kevin Sharp is yet to decide who will lead the team in their One-Day Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Worcestershire will face either Nottinghamshire or Kent in the last four and will discover their semi-final opponents on Thursday.

“It is a big blow and Joe is gutted and quite upset at the minute,” said Sharp.