County news November 16, 2015

Liddle joins Gloucestershire

Chris Liddle has appeared mainly in white ball cricket © Getty Images

Gloucestershire have signed Chris Liddle on a two-year deal.

Liddle, the tall left-arm seamer, was released by Sussex in September after nine seasons with the club.

While he was, for a while, a key figure in their white ball sides, he played only 10 Championship games in the period as it was felt his failure to hit the seam regularly could compromise the effectiveness of other bowlers. He spent a couple of years with Leicestershire before moving to Sussex and was in the Dhaka Gladiators team that won the Bangladesh Premier League in 2013.

While Gloucestershire head coach, Richard Dawson, suggested Liddle had been signed with a view to white ball cricket, he made it clear that there would be opportunities for the bowler in the Championship game as well.

"He's got a lot of experience in one day and T20 cricket, having performed strongly for Sussex and he will add excellent competition to our bowling unit," Dawson said. "It's a great opportunity for him to come here and compete in all formats of the game as he has a lot of potential in Championship cricket."

Gloucestershire won the Royal London One-Day Cup last season but were sixth in Division Two of the County Championship.

Liddle was recommended to the club by former captain Jon Lewis, who is currently on the coaching staff at Sussex.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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