Worcestershire CCC would not be denied this week as they cruised to a convincing innings victory over Sussex at New Road in their second game of the 2022 LV=Insurance County Championship season.

They had been denied victory by Leicestershire’s last-wicket pair in their opening game when more than a day’s play was lost to rain but overwhelmed Sussex in impressive fashion with a day to spare.

Worcestershire picked up 15 wickets on the third day, which were shared amongst their six bowlers and dominated most of the game.

There were some outstanding performances, and Club Captain, Brett D’Oliveira, will head into next week’s match with Nottinghamshire with 294 runs without being dismissed under his belt so far this summer.

Worcestershire also have a talismanic leader of their attack in Joe Leach, who already has ten wickets to his name this season.

He was excellently supported by Dillon Pennington, who twice dismissed key batsman Cheteshwar Pujara today, Charlie Morris, Ed Barnard and emerging spinner Josh Baker.

Worcestershire collected 23 points from the game – 16 for a win, four for batting and three for bowling.

Saturday started with Sussex on 169-5 and despite Cheteshwar Pujara's century, the Worcestershire attack got to work.

Dillon Pennington,Charlie Morris, Ed Barnard and emerging spinner Josh Baker all took wickets alongside Leach as the visitors were eventually bowled out for 269.

D'Oliveira enforced the follow on, and the decision soon brought dividends thanks to two wickets in two balls for Leach for the second time in the game.

Tom Haines (10) nicked a fine delivery, and keeper Ben Cox was alert to the situation and pouched a sharp catch in front of first slip.

The Leach-Cox combination then struck again to the next very delivery after Alsop pushed forward and found the outside edge.

Pennington dismissed Pujara (12) for the second time in the day after replacing Leach (6-3-15-2).

The pace bowler wheeled away in delight after knocking out Pujara’s off stump at 43-3.

Tom Clark (8) tried to slog sweep Baker and inside-edged a catch to Cox, and Mohammed Rizwan (4) went lbw to Barnard.

Rawlins (19) then failed to beat Barnard’s throw to Baker at the non-striker’s end after he tried to regain his ground after Ali Orr steered a delivery to backward point.

Ali Orr provided some stubborn resistance in making 33 off 138 balls, but he was undone by a Baker delivery which bounced on him, and Haynes grabbed the chance at short leg.

It became 132-8 when D’Oliveira held onto a good catch running back to long-off to dismiss Henry Crocombe (8) to give Baker a third wicket.

The Club Captain came into the attack for the first time and had Jamie Atkins (17) caught at mid-on and then trapped George Burrows (2) lbw to wrap up an emphatic win.