WORCESTERSHIRE'S promising paceman Pat Brown says he owes so much to his mother Marcia and father Darren for their support and commitment during his formative years at New Road.

Brown has broken into the first-team squad in the second half of the season and played three County Championship and six T20 Blast matches.

It is already more appearances than the University of Worcester student had envisaged at the start of the season.

But the 19-year-old knows that would not have been possible without the help of his parents especially with travelling from Lincolnshire when trying to establish himself.

Brown, who took two key wickets on the final day of the six-wicket Championship win over Leicestershire, said: “You do rely so much on your parents.

“Coming to training here from Lincolnshire my mum, who worked, would give up a whole day just to bring me to training here for two-and-a-half hours.

“We’d travel five hours, train for two-and-a-half, and go back which is a really massive commitment.

“My mum and dad have been unbelievable. I couldn’t have done it without them. I owe so much to them.”

Meanwhile, Joe Leach is on course to finish in the top 10 of the Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player Rankings in the County Championship for the third successive season.

Skipper Leach heads into the final week of the season with another 63 Championship wickets under his belt and is sixth.

He has accumulated 282 points at an average of 21.72.

The 26-year-old finished fifth in 2015 with 327 at 23.34 and then fourth last summer with 331 at 22.03 following a 65-wicket haul.

Opener Daryl Mitchell, the leading run-getter in Division Two, is in 13th position with 219 at 16.81.

Ed Barnard, who has scored more than 500 runs and taken 43 wickets, is 16th with 216 at 16.60.

Josh Tongue is 30th with 167 at 12.83 and batsman Joe Clarke has 150 at 11.54.

Worcestershire seconds' 2017 campaign ended on a soggy note with the three-day match against Leicestershire at Desborough abandoned without a ball bowled.

It was a frustrating end to a generally good season for coach Kevin Sharp’s side with the highlight being third place in the Championship.

The County narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot in the 50-over competition after winning their first four group matches.