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Full name William Robert Simon Gidman
Born February 14, 1985, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Current age 29 years 280 days
Major teams Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, Gloucestershire Cricket Board, Marylebone Cricket Club, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers
Nickname Gidders, Giddo
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Wycliffe College, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire; Berkshire College of Agriculture
Relation Brother - APR Gidman
|First-class debut||Durham v Sri Lanka A at Chester-le-Street, Aug 8-10, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Leicestershire at Bristol, Sep 9-12, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2003|
|Last List A||Kent v Gloucestershire at Canterbury, Aug 29, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Surrey v Gloucestershire at The Oval, Jun 2, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Surrey at Cheltenham, Jul 18, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|11, 0/53, 104*||Gloucs||v Leics||Bristol||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|1/34, 39||Gloucs||v Kent||Canterbury||29 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/61, 1||Gloucs||v Derbyshire||Derby||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|4/41, 44||Gloucs||v Worcs||Worcester||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|-||Gloucs||v Essex||Chelmsford||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/19, 39*||Gloucs||v Leics||Bristol||5 Aug 2014||LA|
|3, 2/47||Gloucs||v Hampshire||Bristol||31 Jul 2014||LA|
|2/28, 71*||Gloucs||v Yorkshire||Leeds||29 Jul 2014||LA|
|39, 1/22||Gloucs||v Northants||Cheltenham||27 Jul 2014||LA|
|1/79, 18, 11, 0/13||Gloucs||v Worcs||Cheltenham||21 Jul 2014||FC|
A late bloomer, Will Gidman spent four years at Durham and only played for the first XI once, working in Sports Direct to top up his income. But Gloucestershire gave him a new opportunity and he grasped the nettle immediately to become one of the leading allrounders in the country. His consistent form earned him a move to Nottinghamshire for the 2015 season.
Gidman wasted no time in proving his talent when given the chance in 2011, becoming just the seventh player to achieve the double of 1000 runs and 50 wickets in a season and the first to do so in in a debut year. His maiden century - 116 not out - came in defeat against Northamptonshire at Bristol but his first five-wicket haul, 5 for 38 against Kent at Cheltenham, came in a better cause as Gloucestershire won a Championship match at the College ground for the first time in 11 years.
Gidman endured a long road to success. He spent three years with MCC Young Cricketers before signing for Durham in 2007. He made his first-class debut against Sri Lanka A but in three more years at the Riverside failed to make another first-class appearance, not being able to force his way into Durham's strong Championship side which claimed back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.
He only played two List A matches in 2010, prompting a move away from the north-east at the end of the season to join Gloucestershire, captained by his elder brother, Alex. In four seasons at Bristol, he averaged 21 with the ball three times, twice eclipsing the 50 wicket mark and also making very useful runs, including three centuries in 2014.
In 2013 against Leicestershire at Bristol, he chalked himself up on a unique list by making a hundred and taking 10 wickets in the match - becoming only the fifth Gloucestershire player to achieve the feat after WG Grace, Charlie Townsend, Charlie Barnett and Mike Procter. He was also the first to do it at Nevil Road.
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