County cap for former Marko batsman

Former Marko cricketer Matthew Boyce and Jigar Naik with Leicestershire teammates when the pair received their county caps this week
Former Marko cricketer Matthew Boyce and Jigar Naik with Leicestershire teammates when the pair received their county caps this week
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Former Market Overton and Oakham School cricketer Matthew Boyce was one of two players to receive county caps at Leicestershire County Cricket Club today.

The county side resented Boyce and Jigar Naik with their county caps this morning.

Academy graduate Boyce has made six first-class centuries this season and his score of 135 against Kent in the first home match of the campaign was a career-best. Boyce is currently averaging 41.33 in first-class cricket in 2013.

The 27-year-old has also scored 1,144 runs in List A cricket at an average of 26 with a personal best tally of 80. Boyce posted his best Twenty20 score last season with a quickfire unbeaten 63 at Lancashire – he has 426 runs in that competition at 23.66.

Boyce came through the Leicestershire Academy and went past 5,000 runs in all competitions for the club during the 2012 season.

Leicester-born Naik is the club’s leading first-class wicket taker in 2013 with 22 wickets in the first six matches.

Leicestershire Chief Executive Mike Siddall said: “The time is right to recognise the contribution Matthew and Jigar have made to Leicestershire over a number of years.
“Both players are excellent role models and the award of their county caps is richly deserved.”