Skipper Joe Leach hailed a “fantastic team performance” as Worcestershire climbed back into second spot in Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship.

The all-rounder, who picked up his 50th wicket of the campaign, praised the way his side got the season back on track after a disappointing NatWest T20 Blast.

Worcestershire moved 19 points clear of Sussex after their 23 point haul against their local rivals.

Leach said: “It was a great team performance after what has been a tough six weeks.

“For us to get our promotion campaign back on track, and back on a roll hopefully, is a very good achievement.

“At one point or another, everyone stepped up and did their jobs but if you look a couple of individuals in particular….Mitch’s (Daryl Mitchell’s) hundred yesterday set up the game for Ashwin who proved what a world class performer he is.

“It certainly makes it a little bit easier as captain if you’ve got someone of his ability to throw the ball to.

“That is not to take away from the performance of the other lads in the team. All the bowlers have stepped up.

“Even Browny (Paul Brown), who didn’t bowl in the first innings, and not for much of the second innings, stood up and got the key wicket of Phil Mustard when they were starting to put together a partnership.

“I’m very proud of what has been a fantastic overall team performance.”