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Batsman Lace joins Derbyshire on loan from Middlesex

Beginning with the match against Kent at The 3aaa County Ground that starts on Wednesday, the 20-year-old joins Derbyshire immediately and will be available in all formats

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Tom Lace will be plying his trade for Derbyshire for the remained of the 2018 campaign

Derbyshire has signed Middlesex opening batsman Tom Lace on loan for the rest of the season.

Beginning with the match against Kent at The 3aaa County Ground that starts on Wednesday, the 20-year-old joins Derbyshire immediately and will be available in all formats.

The batsman, a product of the Middlesex Academy, made his Second XI debut in 2015 and scored his maiden century the following summer at the age of 17.

This season, the right-hander has played six Second XI Championship matches and scored 322 runs at an average of 32.

Lace said: “I would like to thank Middlesex for giving me the opportunity to join Derbyshire on loan until the end of the season and I am very much looking forward to playing some first-class cricket.

“My thanks also go to Derbyshire for this opportunity and I hope to be able to contribute towards a successful end to the Championship campaign.”

Billy Godleman, Derbyshire captain, said: “We wanted to bring in an out-and-out top-order batsman as short-term cover whilst Luis Reece continues his recovery.

“Tom is a good young batsman who is keen to progress and he comes highly recommended by Angus Fraser at Middlesex.

“It’s a good opportunity for Tom to gain some first-class experience and continue his development, while providing us with a talented option at the top of the order for our final games of the summer.”

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