Joe Leach this week became the 29th official first team captain of Worcestershire since they became a first class county and joined the County Championship in 1899.

The all-rounder, who will be 26 later this month, follows in the footsteps of some illustrious names who have led the Club during its proud history.

Harry Foster, the oldest of the seven Foster brothers who represented Worcestershire, was the first captain in 1899.

He was followed by Reginald 'Tip' Foster – the only man to captain England at both football and cricket.

Current New Road spin bowling coach Norman Gifford was skipper from 1971-1980, leading the County to the 1974 Championship crown.

Director Of Cricket Steve Rhodes also had a spell in charge during 2004 in succession to Ben Smith.

Leach becomes the first genuine all-rounder to skipper Worcestershire since Tom Moody (1995-99) and it has been a role filled predominantly since Gifford's reign by batsmen.

The full list of official Worcestershire captains is:

1899-1900, HK FOSTER

1901, RE FOSTER

1902-1910, HK FOSTER

1911-1912, GHT SIMPSON-HAYWARD

1913, HK FOSTER

1914-1919, WH TAYLOR

1920-1921, MFS JEWELL

1922, WH TAYLOR

1923-1925, MK FOSTER

1926, MFS JEWELL

1927, CB PONSONBY

1928-1929, MFS JEWELL

1929-1930, JB COVENTRY

1931-1935, CF WALTERS

1936-1939, CJ LYTTELTON

1946, AP SINGLETON

1947-1949, AFT WHITE

1949-1951, RES WYATT

1952-1954, RE BIRD

1955, RTD PERKS

1956-1958, PE RICHARDSON

1959-1967, D KENYON

1968-1970, TW GRAVENEY

1971-1980, N GIFFORD

1981, GM TURNER

1982-1991, PA NEALE

1992-1995, TS CURTIS

1995-1999, TM MOODY

2000-2002, GA HICK

2003-2004, BF SMITH

2004, SJ RHODES

2005-2010, VS SOLANKI

2011-2016, DKH MITCHELL

2016-? J LEACH