BEN Cox became just the fourth player in Worcestershire club history to clock up 400 dismissals on Saturday as Worcestershire cruised to victory over Leicestershire in the County Championship.

The wicketkeeper took four catches in Leicestershire’s second innings as the visitors were bowled out for 170, confirming the Pears’ innings and 259 run win with a day to spare.

Head coach Alex Gidman also praised the achievement of Cox in becoming only the fourth player to achieve the feat after Steve Rhodes, Roy Booth and Hugo Yarnold.

He said: “Ben is an outstanding keeper as we know, does his job day in and day out without too much of a fuss.

“He is still very agile and mobile and does his job very well so delighted for him to get to that landmark.

“Ben also batted very well and gave us that impetus, and he had a fine day with the gloves.”

It was an impressive display all round from the hosts, who ensured they had Sunday off after getting the job done on Saturday.

The county’s win sees them move into second in the LV=Insurance County Championship Division Two table, with promotion to the top-flight becoming a possibility after six matches.

And Gidman reported that the mood in camp reflected their good early season form.

“I’ve said for the whole season that the mood in the changing room is brilliant,” he added.

“They are having fun, enjoying each other’s company; they are smiling, laughing.

“Even when we’ve had some dips and some poor sessions, they’ve still been a really happy bunch and enjoying their cricket.

“That hasn’t changed at all, and coming off the back of a good win here will give us some more momentum.”

Worcestershire now have a break from county cricket as the Vitality Blast T20 season gets underway.

The Worcestershire Rapid begin their 2022 campaign next week with three away games in five days.

They start at Yorkshire Vikings on Wednesday, before a trip to face Notts Outlaws and ending the week at Lancashire Lightning.