Tom Lace's name tends to float under the radar when talking about the stars of tomorrow. The Middlesex batsmen made his debut for the London club last May before leaving to join Derbyshire on loan for the 2nd time in two years.
During a successful loan spell with Derbyshire where he scored 743 runs in 10 games, including three centuries, Lace showed his potential as one to watch. With Middlesex losing Malan to Yorkshire, they'll be looking to the likes of Lace to lead their promotion challenge if and when the 2020 season gets underway.
Lace committed his future to Middlesex in the winter by signing a contract through to the end of the 2022 season. Tom has been with the Lord's outfit since he was 10 years old, graduating through the Middlesex academy.
Lace spent the majority of his loan spell batting #4 for Derbyshire and In his debut for Middlesex at Lords last year, he scored a superb half-century with an array of shots, including a fine-looking cover drive and a quick pull shot. Lace has a solid technique and after securing a first-class average of 36.13 through his first 16 appearances, he'll be looking to push on for England Lions honours in the not so distant future.
Unfortunately for Lace, he suffered a broken finger during his spell with Derbyshire courtesy of a James Bracey pull-shot. At the time of the injury, Lace was averaging 43.33 in the championship and looking set for a 1,000 run season.
Lace made his first century for Middlesex's 2nd XI when just 17 and although he didn't dominate the 2nd XI seen while in London, he looks extremely comfortably in Division 2 of the County Championship, and his game looks as though it will translate to Division 1 when Middlesex eventually get back to the top division.
At just 21 years of age, there's a lot of work to do before realising the obvious potential that he has. He'll have the perfect opportunity to improve at Lords, counting the likes of Sam Robson, Eoin Morgan and Peter Handscomb as teammates.