County news January 25, 2012

Housego moves to Gloucestershire

Dan Housego, the former Middlesex batsman, has signed for Gloucestershire. He was the leading run-scorer in second XI cricket last season and has moved for more first team opportunities.

Housego, 23, began his career with the Gloucestershire academy before moving to Middlesex to make his first-class debut against Derbyshire in 2008. He played seven matches in his first three seasons at Middlesex before making eight appearances in 2011, scoring 407 runs at 31.30.

He lost his place in the Middlesex first team but prospered in the second XI Championship, scoring 883 runs at 110.37 with four centuries in seven matches.

His success in second XI cricket was enough to encourage John Bracewell, Gloucestershire's coach, to offer him a return to Bristol. "Dan has been one of the best, if not the best, top-order batsmen in Second XI cricket and we are delighted that he joins us, in particular, to fill the difficult number three position where I am confident he is ready for consistent first team cricket."

Last season, the number thee position for Gloucestershire was occupied by New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson. The signing of Housego could mean Williamson won't be brought back to the club for 2012.

"I am delighted to be joining Gloucestershire at such an exciting time for the Club and becoming part of such a young and promising squad," Housego said.

Gloucestershire have been forced to employ a young squad courtesy of their fragile financial situation. Their future is uncertain after the city council rejected a planning application for the development of their Bristol home.

Alex Winter is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo