Leicestershire batsman Matthew Boyce agrees new deal
Batsman Matthew Boyce has committed himself to Leicestershire for another two years.
Boyce has enjoyed a good season in all forms of the game and will head into next week's County Championship finale against Gloucestershire with 714 runs to his name, including a couple of centuries.
Generally recognised as an opener, Boyce has been switched to a middle-order role in the second half of the season and has handled that move with great responsibility.
The 27-year-old left-hander has also produced the goods in one-day cricket and has compiled three half-centuries in the CB40 competition.
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On top of that, he produced a blistering display of hitting in the Friends Life t20 tournament when he hammered 63 against Lancashire at Old Trafford off just 38 deliveries.
Boyce is the sixth player to sign a new deal with the club in the last few days, following in the footsteps of Michael Thornely, Rob Taylor, James Sykes, Angus Robson and Ollie Freckingham.
"Matthew has had an excellent season in all forms of the game and the team has really benefited from his experience," said Mike Siddall, County chief executive. "We're delighted that he has agreed to continue his career with Leicestershire."
Meanwhile, Leicestershire begin their quest for the second team championship at Grace Road today (10.30am) when a four-day match against Kent gets underway.
Unbeaten County finished top of the northern division and have home advantage against a Kent side, which finished as top dogs in the south.
Though it has been a season of struggle in the Championship for the first team, County seconds have prospered and there have been some outstanding efforts from the likes of Thornely, Sykes, Robson and Freckingham, while Taylor has led the side from the front.
Taylor, the former Loughborough University student, will go into the game with his tail up, too, having taken his first five-wicket haul in the County Championship last week.
It was not sufficient to prevent Leicestershire toppling to a heavy defeat but figures of 5-91 did not flatter the all-rounder.
One issue for Leicestershire going into the decider is the unavailability of Robson, who has hit a couple of dominating centuries in this season's second team competition.