Full name William Robert Simon Gidman
Born February 14, 1985, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Current age 30 years 99 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||Hampshire v Nottinghamshire at Southampton, Apr 26-29, 2015 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||Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, May 22, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2*||Notts||v Yorkshire||Nottingham||22 May 2015||T20|
|0/28, 60*||Notts 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Harrogate||21 May 2015||Other T20|
|2/43, 19||Notts 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Harrogate||21 May 2015||Other T20|
|34, 1/46||Notts||v Hampshire||Southampton||26 Apr 2015||FC|
|8, 1/75, 13||Notts||v Yorkshire||Nottingham||19 Apr 2015||FC|
|9, 0/29, 18, 0/26||Notts||v Middlesex||Lord's||12 Apr 2015||FC|
|28*, 0/66, 0/32||Notts||v Lbrough MCCU||Nottingham||7 Apr 2015||FC|
|0/13||Notts||v Comb C&C||Cave Hill||15 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|1/28||Notts||v Northants||Cave Hill||15 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|1/36||Notts||v Warwickshire||Cave Hill||14 Mar 2015||Other T20|
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.
Also: making 600 and not winning, and lopsided contributions in a team's innings
England are now in a situation where a change of captaincy in the middle of the Ashes series seems probable
ESPNcricinfo takes a look at the possible top-four teams in IPL 2015
The most IPL matches without making it to the playoffs
Michael Holding on his regrets over West Indies' behaviour in New Zealand in 1980, why Mohammad Amir deserves a second chance, and how crazy workloads are killing cricket
England will be no pushovers at home - KP saga or not - but this New Zealand side is possibly the best to have represented the country
Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders didn't do many things wrong this season, but the small errors and their vulnerability away from home cost them
Garry Sobers talks about batting innovations and what T20 does to young players