Shiv Thakor agrees Leicestershire contract

Leicestershire all-rounder Shiv Thakor has agreed a new two-year contract.

The 18-year-old made a successful step up to first-team cricket at Grace Road last season, topping the batting averages in the County Championship.

Thakor scored 427 runs at 61.00 in the four-day game with a top score of 85 not out against Hampshire.

Chief executive Mike Siddall said: "We are developing an exciting, talented group of young players many of whom have come through our academy system."

Thakor follows Matthew Boyce, Rob Taylor, Michael Thornely and James Sykes in signing new contracts in recent weeks.

And Angus Robson, Tom Wells and Ollie Freckingham have also agreed deals for the 2013 season.