Whitticase keen to sign up Loughborough’s Taylor

Leicestershire are expected to offer Loughborough University batsman Rob Taylor a contract after an impressive start to his county career.

Taylor made a century for his university against Leicestershire in a first-class match earlier in the season and a half-century on his County Championship debut against Surrey at Grace Road two weeks ago.

The 21-year-old left-hander, who  also bowls some useful left-arm medium pace, still has a year left on his studies but Leicestershire are expected to offer him terms for next summer to ensure that he is not picked up by another county.

“Rob has done really well for us. He has found a role in the side that suits him,” said Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase. “He stands up and hits the ball very powerfully. He is playing with no fear at the moment and going in and playing the ball as he sees it.

“His bowling adds an extra bit to his game. It is an area he needs to improve but the more he works on it the better he will become because he does swing the ball.”

Taylor also scored runs in the embarrassing defeat by Middlesex at Lord’s last week in which Leicestershire failed to collect a single bonus point, ensuring that they will collect the wooden spoon for the second time in three years.

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4 Responses to Whitticase keen to sign up Loughborough’s Taylor

  1. Craighillroadend says:

    I hope Rob does sign for Leicestershire – his batting in the Everards league for the past two seasons has been sensational. I think he will become a star in big cricket.
    What is slightly worrying is that it has taken Leics ages to realise what a good player Rob Taylor is despite loads of evidence of his potential and the fact he’s on our doorstep.

  2. Jonathan Davidson says:

    Rob is another product of the MCCU system and deserves his opportunity of
    a contract for Leicestershire.If they can keep him,along with the likes of Smith,Taylor,Naik etc ,they have a healthy future.They have to follow the “Surrey” way and invest in young hungry players who want to play for the County.

  3. Tommo says:

    I thought the ‘Surrey’ way was to poach the best players from other counties by offering them shed loads of cash, players such as Davies, de Bruyn, Maynard, Batty, John Lewis, or to bring in players from South Africa like Dernbach, Meaker or Jason Roy.

    • Clive says:

      So what your saying,Thommo, is that Surrey just behave the way all counties do? Admitedly only a few counties can offer “shed loads of cash”, but they ALL do that if they can and regularly do!

      Over half the Surrey team are now products of the club’s youth policy, so that argument just doesn’t stand up.

      And besides, Batty was originally a Surrey player for many years so he’s just come home, whilst Dernbach, Meaker & Roy have all been at Surrey since they were kids and live in the UK permanently so you have no case there.