Riki Wessels and Daryl Mitchell’s excellent catching at first and second slip for Worcestershire this summer is reflected in the final statistics for Division Two of the Specsavers County Championship.

Wessels ended his first campaign at Blackfinch New Road with – outside of wicket-keepers – the joint most number of catches.

He pouched 21 chances and himself reckons to have spilled only three during the entire campaign.

Wessels finished level on 21 scalps with Derbyshire’s Wayne Madsen who played one match less than the ex Nottinghamshire player.

Mitchell had been the top catcher in Division One last summer and he was again a reliable pair of hands next to Wessels.

He held onto 19 chances which came his way in the Championship.

Worcestershire First Team Coach Alex Gidman said: “Everyone agree our fielding in general has been outstanding once again and our catching numbers are extremely high in all formats of the game – but in particular that one area (behind the wicket).

“It is a very hard place to field and it’s nice to have that combination of experience there which is really important to our red ball cricket.”

LEADING CATCHES SPECSAVERS DIVISION TWO

RIKI WESSELS (WORCESTERSHIRE) – 14 matches, 21 catches

Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire) – 13, 21

Colin Ackermann (Leicestershire) – 14, 19

DARYL MITCHELL – 14, 18

Chris Jordan (Sussex) – 11, 17

Dawid Malan (Middlesex) – 13, 17

Keaton Jennings (Lancashire) – 14, 17

Cameron Bancroft (Durham) – 9, 16

David Lloyd (Glamorgan) – 14, 16

Matt Critchley (Derbyshire) – 14, 14

Miles Hammond (Gloucestershire) – 14, 14