THE departing Josh Tongue registered a five-for upon his return to Worcestershire as the England man helped guide his side to victory by 100 runs at Leicestershire. 

Tongue, who was playing in his first game since his move to Nottinghamshire was confirmed, came into the squad following his release from the England Ashes squad.

And he marked his return with a bang, completing his five-for with the final three wickets of the game to seal the win at Leicestershire.

Worcestershire began the day needing to take just three wickets, with Leicestershire still 124 runs off a victory themselves at 114/7.

But the game was wrapped up inside the opening hour of the day as Tongue took the remaining wickets to complete his five-for and hand The Pears the victory by 100 runs. 

Leicestershire's hopes were seemingly resting on Rehan Ahmed's shoulders, beginning the day on 33. But he became Tongue's third victim of the innings with just the third ball of the day. 

Chris Wright and Callum Parkinson added 22 for the ninth wicket but Tongue took two wickets in the 39th over to finish things off and Worcestershire claimed a 100-run win.

Another of the departing players at the end of the season, Dillon Pennington, ended the match with seven wickets, whilst Matthew Waite took four.

The result was a crucial one for Worcestershire, who move up into second in Division Two and enhance their promotion chances.