Injuries dampen Pears delight

08 June 2018 03:20:09 EST

Worcestershire qualified for the knockout stages of the Royal London One-Day Cup, but they may be facing a massive double injury blow.

Rising star Josh Tongue has been ruled out for more than two months due to a stress fracture in his left foot, while captain Joe Leach faces a scan on a back problem suffered during a nerve-shredding win over Warwickshire on Thursday.

Leach could only bowl four overs as the Pears won by one wicket to claim top spot in the North Division and earn themselves a home semi-final against the winner of the meeting of Nottinghamshire and Kent.

And the Worcs skipper is hoping that the issue proves not to be too serious, telling the county's official website: "Hopefully it is just a bit of a disc issue and I will be back for the semi-final.

"I will have a scan and we will go from there. It is just one of those things, just a bowling injury, it's wear and tear and hopefully it’s not too bad."

Meanwhile, paceman Tongue is definitely facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but head coach Kevin Sharp hopeful that his player will be back for a crucial run of County Championship matches towards the back end of the season.

He added: "It is a blow to lose Josh, who showed last season how much potential he has got and who was adjusting nicely to the demands of Division One cricket.

"But there is nothing you can do about injuries, we just have to get on with it and hope we will have Josh back for the final part of the season and those final six Championship matches."

Worcestershire are now priced at 1212/1 to win the Royal London Cup, with Notts 1212/1 and Hampshire 4/6.

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