Ed Barnard is closing in on reaching 50 wickets in a season in the Specsavers County Championship for the first time.

The all-rounder will require three more scalps when Worcestershire wind up the 2018 season against Yorkshire at Blackfinch New Road starting on Monday (10.30am start).

Barnard has already equalled in Division One the 47 wickets he collected in Division Two last season.

He achieved his career best figures of 6-37 against Somerset at Taunton and has recorded four five-wicket hauls during this campaign.

Josh Tongue is the County’s next highest wicket-taker with 37 victims despite missing a sizeable chunk of the season with a metatarsal fracture.

Moeen Ali tops the averages with 16 wickets at just 16.18 runs apiece – and he also heads the batting charts with 256 runs at 85.33.

Joe Clarke and Daryl Mitchell are separated by just four runs – 829 to 825 – as Worcestershire’s leading run-scorers with a possible two innings each remaining.

Tom Fell (612) has the next highest tally and will be looking to repeat the fine shown in the last home game with champions Surrey when he scored a half century in both innings.

BATTING

Moeen Ali Matches 2, Inns 3, Not Outs 0, Runs 256, Highest 219, Average 85.33

Wood 1, 2, 1, 78, 65*, 78.00

Guptill 2, 4, 0, 170, 111, 42.50

Clarke 13, 24, 1, 829, 177*, 36.04

Parnell 5, 8, 2, 215, 50*, 35.83

Mitchell 13, 24, 0, 825, 178, 34.37

Head 6, 11, 1, 339, 62, 33.90

Whiteley 6, 11, 0, 364, 91, 33.09

Fell 12, 22, 0, 612, 89, 27.81

Milton 6, 11, 2, 239, 104*, 26.55

Barnard 12, 22, 2, 482, 66, 24.10

Cox 11, 20, 1, 345, 65, 18.15

Morris 4, 7, 5, 31, 9*, 15.50

D’Oliveira 10, 19, 0, 276, 65, 14.52

Twohig 6, 11, 2, 114, 35, 12.66

Westbury 2, 4, 0, 49, 22, 12.25

Tongue 10, 17, 2, 163, 34, 10.86

Magoffin 6, 10, 3, 65, 43, 9.28

Pennington 7, 12, 3, 78, 37, 8.66

Leach 5, 9, 0, 66, 18, 7.33

Rhodes 3, 6, 0, 22, 12, 3.66

Brown 1, 1, 1, 2, 2*, —-

BOWLING

Moeen Ali Overs 85.5, Mdns 16, Runs 259, Wickets 16, Best 6-49, Average 16.18

Guptill 4.0, 1, 17, 1, 1-17, 17.00

Barnard 343.3, 90, 1031, 47, 6-37, 21.93

Leach 157.5, 28, 508, 23, 4-42, 22.08

Tongue 290.4, 47, 980, 37, 5-53, 26.48

Parnell 140.4, 21, 498, 17, 4-23, 29.29

Pennington 165.0, 31, 649, 20, 4-53, 32.45

Magoffin 202.0, 55, 593, 16, 3-70, 37.06

Whiteley 36.2, 4, 115, 3, 1-2, 38.33

Morris 108.4, 15, 372, 9, 3-20, 41.33

Mitchell 59.0, 9, 181, 4, 2-35, 45.25

D’Oliveira 51.0, 3, 208, 4, 2-44, 52.00

Brown 20.0, 3, 67, 1, 1-53, 67.00

Twohig 140.0, 16, 514, 7, 1-33, 73.42

Wood 32.0, 6, 108, 1, 1-59, 108.00

Head 43.0, 6, 162, 1, 1-30, 162.00

Westbury 1.0, 0, 6, 0, —-, —-