Leicestershire secure key men

  • Last Updated: July 10 2014, 10:43 BST

Jigar Naik, Ben Raine and Rob Taylor are among eight players to sign new contracts with Leicestershire, the county side have announced.

Rob Taylor: Will remain at Grace Road
Rob Taylor: Will remain at Grace Road

Taylor is second in the county's first-class bowling averages this season and has also hit three half-centuries, while stocky seamer Raine has emerged as a wicket-taking threat.

Naik has contributed well with his off-spin in limited-overs competition and with the bat in the LV= County Championship.

Left-arm paceman Atif Sheikh, who caused problems for the touring India team in a warm-up game at Grace Road, joins Taylor, Naik, batsman Tom Wells and young spinner Rob Sayer in signing two-year contract extensions.

Raine, slow left-armer James Sykes and batsman Lewis Hill have all signed for one additional year.

Director of cricket Phil Whitticase said: "We are working very hard on building our squad for the future, and we are thrilled that these eight players have committed their futures to us.

"There have been more offers made to players, and we are hopeful to be in a position to announce more good news in the near future."