Woodworm’s imperious all-rounder Will Gidman has penned a new deal with Gloucestershire, keeping him in Bristol up until the end of the 2014 season.
Without doubt one of the finest players of the 2011 season, Gidman capped his first spell with his home county by winning the Player-of-the-Year award, having completed the rare double of 1,000 runs with his cricket bat and 50 wickets with the ball in the LV=County Championship, the first cricketer to do so since Phil Simmons in 1996.
His previous contract was due to expire at the end of the 2012 season, but the new two year agreement ties him to the club for at least three more campaigns.
Gidman said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my first season with Gloucestershire and I am excited at the prospect of being part of a young improving side over the next three summers.”
Gloucestershire captain Alex Gidman, added: “All captains want a high quality all-rounder in their teams.
“It’s fun having my brother in the side, but more importantly Will has quickly become a key figure in our line-up with both bat and ball.”
Gloucestershire Director of Cricket, John Bracewell was delighted to secure Will Gidman’s services for another two years, after several other members of the squad extended their contracts over the winter.
“This is another good news story,” he said.
“In his debut season for Gloucestershire and in first class cricket, Will was no doubt the outstanding performer in both divisions of the LV=County Championship.
“We are delighted to have secured his long-term future at the Club. Genuine all-rounders are a rare breed, especially ones capable of performing in all formats of the game.”
Will Gidman joined the county in 2010 from Durham. Gidman struggled to breakthrough into Durham’s powerful middle order in his time in the North-East before having his best season to date in 2011.
Gloucestershire will be hoping he can continue this fine form in 2012 as they aim for promotion from division 2 of the County Championship.