Skipper Joe Leach wants Worcestershire to build on last summer’s success and leave a lasting legacy after the release today (Tuesday) of the Specsavers County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup fixtures for 2019.

Leach stressed the importance of “staying hungry” for more silverware after the Rapids unforgettable Vitality Blast triumph in mid September.

He wants the County to strive to emulate the triumphs of the 1980s and 1990s which decorate the walls of the Hick Pavilion.

Worcestershire will open their bid to regain their Division One status in the Championship at the first attempt with an away fixture against Leicestershire at the Fischer County Ground beginning on May 11.

There will be then be a month of One-Day Cup action with the Rapids going all out to try and repeat and improve on the success of 2017 and 2018 when they topped the North Group and earned two money-spinning home semi-finals.

The Rapids will have away games with Lancashire and Leicestershire before playing host to Durham in their opening home One-Day Cup game on April 24.

Durham will also be the opponents when Worcestershire will be in home Championship action for the first time from Tuesday, May 14.

There is a sizeable block of four-day cricket being staged from mid-May until the end of June when the Vitality Blast will take centre stage (fixtures to be released later today).

An added attraction for Worcestershire supporters will be a three-day fixture against Australia at Blackfinch New Road from August 7 to 9.

It is a real coup for the County to be awarded such an attractive fixture during Ashes year.

Leach said: We’ve been building towards something like that (winning the Vitality Blast) for a period of time and have been pretty vocal about our need to push onto that next level and challenge at the back end of tournaments.

“To do that two years in a row, with the two home semi-finakls in 50 over cricket, and now to put a trophy to our white ball cricket shows we are moving in the right direction.

“It vindicates everything we’ve been saying and doing over the past few years. It was a great day at Edgbaston and everyone wants to back it up.

“Next year is the last year at Lord’s for the 50 over competition and everyone would love to play in that.

“I’m sure every county is having the same thoughts but that Lord’s final….if we could go one step forward and get there, and put ourselves in the hunt for another trophy there, it would be special.”

Leach added: “We are also defending T20 (Blast) champions and we want to try and win Division Two (in the Championship). We’ve got three trophies that we are absolutely going to go all out for.

“It’s easy to sit in November and say you want to win this, that and the other but we genuinely have a legitimate chance.

“We were the best white ball team in the country last season. We have to stay hungry and put together a bit of a legacy for this team.

“You go downstairs into the Hick Pavilion and look at success of the 80s, 90s and that’s something we want to achieve here.”

Worcestershire will be part of the Cheltenham Festival in 2019 when they take on Gloucestershire in a Championship match from July 21 and end the campaign in late September with a trip to Hove to face Sussex.

Specsavers County Championship Fixtures 2019

Opposition Date  Venue
Leicestershire  Thursday 11th April  The Fischer County Ground, Grace Road
Durham  Tuesday 14th May  Blackfinch New Road
Lancashire  Monday 20th May  Emirates Old Trafford
Middlesex  Monday 27th May  Blackfinch New Road
Lancashire  Monday 10th June  Blackfinch New Road
Sussex  Monday 17th June  Blackfinch New Road
Glamorgan  Sunday 30th June  Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Derbyshire  Sunday 7th July  Blackfinch New Road
Durham  Saturday 13th July  Emirates Riverside
Gloucestershire  Sunday 21st July  Cheltenham
Northamptonshire  Sunday 18th August  Northampton
Glamorgan  Tuesday 10th September  Blackfinch New Road
Gloucestershire  Monday 16th September  Blackfinch New Road
Sussex  Monday 23rd September  The 1st Central County Ground

Royal London One-Day Cup Fixtures 2019

Opposition  Date  Venue
Lancashire  Wednesday 17th April  Emirates Old Trafford
Leicestershire Foxes  Sunday 21st April  The Fischer County Ground, Grace Road
Durham  Wednesday 24th April  Blackfinch New Road
Northants Steelbacks  Friday 26th April  Northampton
Warwickshire  Sunday 28th April  Blackfinch New Road
Notts Outlaws  Wednesday 1st May  Blackfinch New Road
Yorkshire Vikings  Saturday 4th May  Blackfinch New Road
Derbyshire Falcons  Monday 6th May  The County Ground, Derby

Vitality Blast Fixtures 2019

Opposition Date Venue
Notts Outlaws Thursday 18th July Trent Bridge
Birmingham Bears Friday 19th July Blackfinch New Road
Lancashire Lightning Friday 26th July Emirates Old Trafford
Durham Jets Sunday 28th July Blackfinch New Road
Derbyshire Falcons Wednesday 31st July Blackfinch New Road
Yorkshire Vikings Friday 2nd August Emerald Headingley
Leicestershire Foxes Sunday 4th August Blackfinch New Road
Northants Steelbacks Sunday 11th August Blackfinch New Road
Derbyshire Falcons Tuesday 13th August The County Ground, Derby
Durham Jets Thursday 15th August Emirates Riverside
Birmingham Bears Friday 23rd August Edgabston
Lancashire Lightning Sunday 25th August Blackfinch New Road
Notts Outlaws Wednesday 28th August Blackfinch New Road
Northants Steelbacks Friday 30th August Northampton