Wolves are delighted to welcome a couple of guests from Worcestershire Cricket Club to Molineux for Wednesday’s game with Leeds United.
And the guests will have a foot in both camps of tonight’s fixture, with captain Joe Leach a staunch Wolves supporter and club batting coach Kevin Sharp a loyal Leeds fan.
Joe and Kevin will be bringing the Second Division Championship trophy with them to Molineux after a successful season for the club which saw them promoted to the top flight of the English County Championship.
It was Joe’s first season as Pears’ captain, and he led by example with his haul of 69 wickets from 14 games the highest among the ten counties in Division Two.
He has now taken 193 Championship wickets in the last three seasons, and has also made crucial contributions as a lower order batsman.
Stafford-born, Leach played for Staffordshire and Shropshire and made his first class debut for Leeds-Bradford MCCU before becoming a regular member of the Worcestershire side four years ago after progressing through the Academy.
Kevin first linked up with Worcestershire four years ago as Second Eleven-Batting Coach.
He scored 260 not out as England Under-19 captain against the West Indies - at Worcestershire's New Road ground - before going onto play for Yorkshire for many seasons.
Sharp then played a major role in the development of current England Test captain Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Gary Ballance during his lengthy spell as a coach at Yorkshire.
He then had a spell as coach of Shropshire before the chance came to return to the first class game with Worcestershire and he has worked with many of the County's conveyor belt of up and coming youngsters - many of whom are now first team regulars.
This summer he was part of the England coaching team during the Test match with South Africa at Trent Bridge.
Joe and Kevin will be guests in the Billy Wright Stand Corporate areas before the match and then pitchside at half time.