Worcestershire Club Captain Joe Leach, paceman Dillon Pennington and spinner Ben Twohig are making encouraging progress after their respective injuries.

All-rounder Leach is back playing club cricket for Shrewsbury in the Birmingham League and for Worcestershire Seconds in white ball and red ball cricket after his stress fracture of the back.

The 27-year-old has impressed in last week’s Championship match against Lancashire Seconds at Northern CC when he took the new ball and picked up wickets in both innings.

He ended with a match analysis of 6-28 from 20 overs.

Worcestershire’s Head Of Sports Science And Medicine, Ben Davies, said: “Joe (Leach) has had no reaction to any of his back to bowling programmes so far.

“He is well on course at the minute.

“If he can get some overs under his belt, in second team games and club cricket, then we will look to reintroduce him (into first team cricket) at some stage.

“He has had no reaction which is very positive.”

Pennington has had the protective boot removed from his ankle, to which he suffered ligament damage during fielding practice, and is working with Strengthening and Conditioning Coach, Ross Dewar.

Davies said: “Dillon (Pennington) has been in a (protective) boot for two weeks just to immobilise the ankle really and everything is also going to plan at the minute.

“He is back in with Ross Dewar doing some strengthening work and we will look to reintroduce him to bowling, hopefully in two to three weeks.”

Twohig has undergone a successful operation to repair his Anterior Cruciate Ligament and started on the long haul back to fitness with initial rehab work.

Davies said: “Ben (Twohig) has had surgery on his ACL and everything has gone to plan so far so he’s just in the early stages of rehab now.

“Everything is on course. He is fine.”

County paceman George Scrimshaw has had injections in a sore and stiff lower back.

Davies said: “George (Scrimshaw) had returned to playing Seconds cricket, played for two to three weeks, just building up his overs to make himself available for white ball cricket.

“Unfortunately, against Gloucestershire at RGS Worcester, he felt some soreness and stiffness in his lower back.

“He has since been for some injections in his back to try and settle things down and for pain relief and we are just going to rehab George and get him back to bowling again as quickly as we can.”