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Quartet sign for more

Leicestershire CCC is pleased to announce that four players have signed contract extensions at Grace Road.

Anthony Ireland, Angus Robson and Tom Wells have agreed one-year extensions to keep them at the Club until at least the end of the 2014 season.

James Sykes has penned a new two-year deal and will therefore remain at Leicestershire until at least the end of the 2015 campaign.

Ireland made a massive impact in the FL t20 competition, the seamer finishing as leading wicket-taker with 15 victims at 15.73 and his economy was just over seven. He picked up two four-wicket hauls that led to fine victories against Durham and Derbyshire.

Ireland was also a key part of the YB40 side, and it was a great shame that injuries restricted his appearances in first-class cricket. The bowler is a popular figure at Grace Road and his experience will again be invaluable to Leicestershire’s young seam attack.

Sykes, Robson and Wells all made their Leicestershire first-class debuts in 2013 and showed great promise. Sykes and Wells were also involved in YB40 and FL t20 matches.

Slow left armer Sykes picked up a four-wicket haul on his Championship bow at Essex and generally gained lots of valuable experience after Jigar Naik suffered an unfortunate injury. Sykes will now spend the winter alongside Ned Eckersley at the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide as he continues his development.

Robson made a best score of 49 in just his second bat at first-class level. The opener places a high value on his wicket, and was given an opportunity after an excellent 2013 campaign for the Second XI.

All-rounder Wells made a big impression after coming into the side. The youngster made three quickfire contributions in YB40 without being dismissed – he scored 88 runs off just 43 balls in those innings. Wells then made a fantastic 82 against Hampshire in the LV=CC on the final day of the season.

With Ben Raine also signing a deal for the 2014, Leicestershire’s squad is already taking shape. The Club will now continue to look for experienced players to back up the outstanding young talent we have at Grace Road.


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