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Middlesex Cricket can today announce that Tom Lace will be joining Derbyshire on loan for the 2019 season.

Lace, who had a successful loan spell at Derbyshire will re-join the County on a season long loan from March 2019, where he’ll team up with former Middlesex Batting Coach Dave Houghton, who is now at the County Ground as Derbyshire’s Director of Cricket.

Lace will train with Middlesex over the winter and join up with the Derbyshire squad in pre-season ahead of the start of the 2019 season.

The season long loan stipulates that Lace will not play in either of the two Specsavers County Championship matches between the two counties, with Middlesex maintaining the right to recall Lace to Lord’s should he be required in the event of injuries and international call-ups.

Angus Fraser, Middlesex Cricket’s Managing Director of Cricket commented:

"One of our principle roles as a county is to provide young cricketers with opportunities to play First Eleven cricket and this agreement does just that.

“Tom spent time with Derbyshire in 2018 and it was beneficial for everyone. He enjoyed the experience so we are more than happy for him to be able to build on the promising start he made.

“We know that Tom will be working with good people and that his game will develop.

“As with previous loan agreements Middlesex reserve the right to call Tom back should injury or England selection deplete our squad and he will not play in matches against Middlesex."

Tom Lace himself commented:

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity to return to Derbyshire for the 2019 season, and to work with Dave Houghton again, someone who has helped me a lot with my batting.

“I am very grateful to both Middlesex and Derby for the opportunity to play some cricket at a high level and I can’t wait for the challenge.”

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