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Full name Alexander Peter Richard Gidman
Born June 22, 1981, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Current age 33 years 19 days
Major teams England A, England Lions, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, Gloucestershire Cricket Board, Marylebone Cricket Club, Otago
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education Wycliffe College
Relation Brother - WRS Gidman
|Last First-class||Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Southampton, Jul 7-10, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001|
|Last List A||Gloucestershire v Somerset at Bristol, Aug 26, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Gloucestershire v Worcestershire at Bristol, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Sussex at Bristol, Jul 4, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|43||Gloucs||v Hampshire||Southampton||7 Jul 2014||FC|
|22||Gloucs||v Sussex||Bristol||4 Jul 2014||T20|
|22, 53||Gloucs||v Essex||Chelmsford||29 Jun 2014||FC|
|8||Gloucs||v Kent||Bristol||27 Jun 2014||T20|
|0||Gloucs||v Middlesex||Lord's||26 Jun 2014||T20|
|26, 1||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Bristol||21 Jun 2014||FC|
|37||Gloucs||v Hampshire||Southampton||20 Jun 2014||T20|
|2||Gloucs||v Essex||Chelmsford||13 Jun 2014||T20|
|11, 10||Gloucs||v Surrey||Bristol||9 Jun 2014||FC|
|26||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Bristol||8 Jun 2014||T20|
Alex Gidman is a functional middle-order batsman that briefly flirted with higher honours. Not the most aesthetically-pleasing batsman, he has nevertheless been a solid performer for Gloucestershire for over a decade and served as club captain from 2009-2012.
After establishing himself in the Gloucestershire four-day team in 2003 he was picked as captain for the England A tour of Malaysia and India that winter. A hand injury forced him to withdraw. He did make the tour to Sri Lanka the following winter but failed to make any impression and since his future has been confined to county cricket.
His first-class début came in 2002 where he made 67 at Derby; a maiden hundred followed against Northamptonshire at Bristol. The following year he earned a regular place in the side and scored the winning runs in Gloucestershire's C&G Trophy victory.
From 2005 he passed 1,000 runs in a season four times in five years. His batting ability and useful medium-pace bowling attracted interest from other counties and a move to Warwickshire was widely expected until Jon Lewis resigned the Gloucestershire captaincy and Gidman was offered the job from 2009.
Since then he has presided over several promotion challenges but is faced with guiding a very young team and improving his own form - he suffered leaner years in 2010 and 2011 and at the end of the 2012 season decided to stand down as skipper. The decision paid off and Gidman made 1125 runs at 51.13 in 2013 - the highest season's average of his career.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2002
NBC Denis Compton Award 2003
A look back at five high-profile exhibition matches
Bide your time, put your body behind each delivery, and play with the batsman's mind