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Taylor rewarded with new contract

TomTaylorTom Taylor has been awarded a two-year professional contract, committing him to Derbyshire until the end of the 2016 season. 

The 19-year-old has progressed to the first team from the Cricket Derbyshire Academy, in partnership with the University of Derby, making his first-class debut against Leicestershire back in June.

He has since taken 15 first-class wickets at an average of 30.06, including a maiden five-wicket haul to help setup victory over Gloucestershire.

The Staffordshire-born paceman has also performed a pivotal role in the Falcons’ flying start to the Royal London One-Day Cup with five wickets, in three matches, at an average of 29.

Elite Performance Director Graeme Welch said: “Our plan for bringing future success revolves around proven match-winners alongside home-grown talent such as Tom Taylor.

“The mission of our coaching team is to provide an environment in which Tom and his home-grown teammates - the likes of Ben Cotton, Greg Cork and Harvey Hosein – achieve their potential and become consistent match-winners themselves.

 “We’ve been impressed with Tom since he broke into the side,” Welch continued. “This is reward for the great promise he’s showing.

“As soon as I saw the lad bowl I knew he had potential. He’s backed that up by showing a really level head under pressure and becoming an integral part of our bowling unit.

“The next two years are about continuing to work hard, learning his craft, becoming more tactically aware and starting to really fulfil his potential."

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