County news July 15, 2010

Gloucestershire award Norwell two-year contract

Cricinfo staff

Liam Norwell, an 18-year-old right-arm seamer, has been signed on a two-year contract by Gloucestershire. Norwell has played cricket locally for Redruth CC since the age of 11, and was recently selected in the national Elite Player Development squad, who will play Sri Lanka Under-19 July 18 and 19 at Loughborough.

"I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to play for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club as a professional cricketer," said Norwell. "I have enjoyed being part of the Academy, it has given me great confidence and supported my development. I now look forward to being part of the GCCC squad to play Essex in the FP t20 tonight and working on improving my skills in the coming seasons.

"I would like to thank my parents for their continued support and encouragement and also Pete Bolland, my coach at Redruth CC and teacher at Redruth Technology College, for his hard work and support."

"It is tremendous news that Liam has agreed to a two-year contract as he is a young man with great physical attributes," added John Bracewell, Gloucestershire's director of cricket.

"Our specialist coaching and physical development department will spend valuable time with Liam over the next two years which will allow him to put these attributes into practice. We see great long term potential in Liam's ability to bowl a heavy ball."