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Cricket news - Tom Lace pens three-year contract with Gloucestershire

"Last season we saw first-hand, when he (Lace) played for Derbyshire" - Richard Dawson, Gloucestershire's head coach

"Last season we saw first-hand, when he (Lace) played for Derbyshire" - Richard Dawson, Gloucestershire's head coach

Tom Lace, the 22-year-old batsman, penned a three-year contract with Gloucestershire on August 13 (Wednesday).

Lace was the 10th highest run-scorer (780 runs at 43.33) in Division Two and topped the batting charts for Derbyshire during the 2019 County season, where he featured on loan from his native Middlesex.

Richard Dawson, Gloucestershire's head coach, was thrilled at the new acquisition. "We're absolutely delighted Tom has joined the Club. He's a very talented young batsman with a great work ethic and he will be a great addition to the changing room.

"Last season we saw first-hand, when he played for Derbyshire, how good a batsman he is and now we look forward to him scoring runs for Gloucestershire," the former England off-spinner added.

The promising batsman spent his formative years with the Lord's based Middlesex and was loaned out to Derbyshire during the past two seasons. In a short career, that has lasted 16 first-class games, he has scored 1084 runs at a reasonable average of 36.13. "I'm delighted to have signed for Gloucestershire for the next three years. I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running and helping the team to more success," Lace said after joining his new team.

"Bristol is a brilliant city and Gloucestershire is a county full of hungry and talented young players. I'm hugely grateful to everyone at the Club for the opportunity to be a part of that", he added.

Having passed his medical test earlier this week, Lace will now be available for Gloucestershire's next Bob Wills trophy match against Glamorgan, starting this weekend (August 15).

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