With almost a third of the Specsavers County Championship programme completed, it is overseas signing Travis Head who is at the top of the Worcestershire CCC batting averages.

The Australian left hander has scored 224 runs in seven innings at an average of 37.33 – highly respectable figures given the seamer-friendly conditions that were evident in the opening four games.

Head, who registered his first half century for the County in the drawn game against Surrey, will make his last Championship appearance for two and a half months against Essex at Blackfinch New Road starting on Friday.

He will miss the matches against Lancashire and Nottinghamshire in late June because of international commitments before returning to face Somerset in the home clash starting on July 22.

Hot on the heals of Head is Ed Barnard who has had an excellent all-round start to the campaign.

He has scored 221 runs at 36.83 and is the only Worcestershire player to date to pass the half century mark twice.

Barnard scored 50 against Somerset at Taunton and 66 at the Kia Oval this weekend.

On the bowling front, skipper Joe Leach is once again leading by example with 18 wickets at 22.16.

But that man Barnard is not far behind with 15 scalps at 22.33 while Josh Tongue has clocked up a dozen wickets.

BATTING

Head Matches 4, Inns 7, Not Out 1, Runs 224, Highest 50, Average 37.33

Barnard 4, 7, 1, 221, 66, 36.83

Clarke 4, 7, 0, 245, 157, 35.00

Fell 4, 7, 0, 211, 88, 30.14

Mitchell 4, 7, 0, 146, 81, 20.85

Cox 4, 7, 0, 123, 65, 17.57

Tongue 4, 7, 1, 84, 34, 14.00

Morris 2, 3, 2, 12, 9*, 12.00

Magoffin 2, 4, 2, 20, 10, 10.00

Twohig 1, 1, 0, 9, 9, 9.00

Leach 4, 7, 0, 52, 18, 7.42

D’Oliveira 4, 7, 0, 36, 23, 5.14

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

BOWLING

Mitchell Overs 11.0, Maidens 2, Runs 35, Wickets 2, Best 2-21, Average 17.50

Leach 122.4, 23, 399, 18, 4-42, 22.16

Barnard 102.4, 19, 335, 15, 6-37, 22.33

Tongue 114.2, 10, 407, 12, 4-81, 33.91

Magoffin 59.0, 14, 205, 6, 2-60, 34.16

Morris 47.0, 8, 144, 4, 2-21, 36.00

Twohig 42.0, 5, 122, 2, 1-60, 61.00

Head 41.0, 6, 152, 1, 1-30, 152.00

D’Oliveira 3.0, 0, 12, 0, —-, —-