Worcestershire club captain Joe Leach will continue his comeback from injury when he plays in tomorrow’s Seconds versus Academy 50 over fixture at Kidderminster.

Leach is undergoing the final phase of his rehabilitation after suffering a stress fracture of the lower back mid-way through last summer.

The 27-year-old will play as a batsman in what has been a traditional early season encounter in recent years and lead the ‘Royals’ line-up against the ‘Rapids.’

Leach appeared in one game during Worcestershire’s pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi, scoring 42 against Essex in a 50 over contest.

Paceman George Scrimshaw is also making good progress after his back and rib problems last summer.

He bowled four overs for the Seconds in their meeting with Shropshire at Wrekin College on Sunday and will play alongside Leach for the Royals X1.

Fellow pros Ollie Westbury and Adam Finch will also represent the Royals while George Rhodes, Alex Milton and Pat Brown will be part of the Rapids side.

Play gets underway at Chester Road at 11am.

RAPIDS:

Rhodes

Edavaleth

Milton

Ul-Hassan

Clist

Holland

Harding

Brown

Stanley

Dickenson

Davis

Baker

ROYALS

Westbury

Clarke

Leach

Clark

Hinkley

Lea

Scrimshaw

Cullen

Finch

Parker-Cole

Bragg

Tomson