County news August 21, 2007

Spearman signs two-year extension

Cricinfo staff

Craig Spearman will see out his career at Gloucestershire, after signing a two-year extension to his contract.

Spearman, 35, had one year left on the deal but the extension means he will be at Bristol until the end of 2010. He has been with the club since 2002. "I am happy to be finishing my career here," he said, "and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the club."

Jon Lewis, Gloucestershire's captain, added: "Craig's been our most consistent batting performer since he joined. His experience and knowledge is invaluable to us."

Spearman played a strong part in this year's Twenty20 success - Gloucestershire reached the final - including being named man of the match in the semi final.

In June 2004, he scored 341 for Gloucestershire against Middlesex in the County Championship, surpassing a 128-year-old record, previously held by WG Grace, for the highest score by a Gloucestershire player.

He has played 19 Tests and 51 ODIs for New Zealand.