County News - Gloucestershire November 3, 2004

Alex Gidman stays with Gloucestershire

Cricinfo staff

Alex Gidman stays with Gloucestershire © Getty Images
Alex Gidman has signed a new contract that will keep him with Gloucestershire through to the end of 2007.

Gidman, 23, scored 869 runs in all first-class matches last summer, and follows his team-mates Craig Spearman, Jon Lewis, Chris Taylor and Ian Fisher in staying at Bristol. Last winter Gidman was appointed as captain of England A for their tour of India, but suffered a hand injury which forced to return home without actually playing a match.

"I am delighted to have committed to the club for three years," he said, "and I very much look forward to striving as part of the team for more success in the future."

Gloucestershire have won seven one-day trophies in the past six years, including the C&G Trophy in 2003 and 2004 - both finals in which Gidman played.

Tom Richardson, the Gloucestershire chief executive, added: "Alex Gidman has a wise head on young shoulders. He has the talent, the work ethic and the right attitude to be a major influence in this club for a considerable time."