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.