Foxes hand Taylor new deal

20 August 2018 07:14:50 EST

Leicestershire have safeguarded their fast-bowling stocks by handing Tom Taylor a new contract.

The former Derbyshire seamer will now remain at Grace Road until at least the end of the 2020 season.

The retention of the 23-year-old - who became the second Foxes player to sign a new contract in the last two days following Championship captain Paul Horton - is viewed as important at a time when other clubs are sniffing around the highly-rated Zak Chappell.

First-team opportunities have remained limited since his switch across the Midlands, but Taylor has 64 wickets in 25 first-class matches, with a best haul of 6-61.

"Tom is a real talent with a big future in the game. We rate Tom very highly, as he also adds value with the bat and in the field too," said Leicestershire’s head coach Paul Nixon.

"It is vital to have strength in depth and competition for places in the seam department, an area we have thrived in under Matt Mason.

"We have Chris Wright coming in from Warwickshire at the end of the season and having Tom sign a new contract with us is also great news."

Taylor said: "I have enjoyed my time at the club so far and I'm really pleased to sign a new contract here. I'll be working hard in the next few months ahead of the 2019 season."

Leicestershire are 66/1 to win the County Championship Division 2 match against Kent, while the draw can be backed at 25/1.

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