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Date: Friday 31 August 2012

Leicestershire CCC has continued their 2013 preparations by agreeing contracts with four highly promising young players.

County have tied up new two-year deals for Rob Taylor and James Sykes while Angus Robson and Ollie Freckingham have also been added to the staff for the 2013 campaign.

All-rounder Taylor enjoyed a fruitful FL t20 campaign where he helped Wayne White to win a game at Derbyshire with the willow and also claimed seven wickets at an economy under seven from 23 overs.

Taylor also demonstrated his batting ability with a superb unbeaten 22 from just 10 balls as the Foxes beat Worcestershire Royals in the CB40 competition and he is the leading wicket-taker in List A cricket with a total of nine victims.

The all-rounder took a first-class career best 5-91 against Kent earlier this week and has captained the Second XI to four wins out of four over the last few weeks to demonstrate he also has a fine cricketing brain.

Left arm spinner Sykes took 2-24 on a terrific FL t20 debut at quarter-finalists Nottinghamshire Outlaws and went on to claim 3-39 during the CB40 win in Amstelveen.

Sykes impressed during the tourist games against West Indies and Australia and has been the Second XI’s key bowler over the last couple of years. The spinner demonstrated his ability with the bat in making a half-century as nightwatchman at Gloucestershire Second XI.

Sykes also recently helped Ned Eckersley guide the team to victory in the CB40 game at Worcestershire with the willow after earlier picking up 2-18 from eight overs.

Robson, who is brother of Middlesex opener Sam, is a middle order batsman who has impressed in the Second XI. The 20-year-old was born in New South Wales but holds a British passport.

Robson has shown good technique in accumulating runs in the three-day fixtures, including two superb centuries against Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire.

His knock of 98 during a Trophy game at Northamptonshire also caught the eye and Robson has been given a one-year deal alongside Freckingham.

The Loughborough Town pace man has done well in the Second team over the last two seasons and has also hit the headlines for matchwinning performances in the Everards Premier Division.

Consistently the quickest and most threatening bowler in that league, the Rutland-born 23-year-old will provide depth to the Leicestershire seam bowling unit.

Chief Executive Mike Siddall is pleased to have concluded the deals and is happy with how the squad is taking shape for 2013. He said: "We are delighted that Rob, James, Angus and Ollie have all signed contracts with the Club. They are all exciting young cricketers and we look forward to watching them develop at Grace Road."


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