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Pears swoop for Gidman signature

Worcester Editorial 11th Sep, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTERSHIRE have bolstered their batting order with the signing of Gloucestershire batsman Alex Gidman on a two year contract.

Gidman will move to the current LV County Championship Division Two leaders in the winter on a deal until the end of the 2016 campaign.

The 33-year-old’s move comes in the same week he scored a career best 264 for Gloucestershire against Leicestershire at Bristol.

His 145 in Gloucestershire’s championship win at New Road last month caught the eye of the Pears Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes who hailed Gidman’s recent innings as ‘quite outstanding’.

“One of them was against us but also to get 260 odd in the current game against Leicestershire is also a fantastic achievement,” Rhodes said.

“We are getting someone who is still performing at the very best of his career.

Gidman has scored 23 first class hundreds and 57 half centuries and amassed 11,000 first class runs at an average of more than 36.

In addition the High Wycombe born player has compiled 4,458 List A runs at an average of nearly 28.00.

“We need a middle order player with experience who our young players can play around and learn from, Rhodes said.

“At the moment our experienced batters are Moeen Ali and Daryl Mitchell and with Moeen’s potential future England commitments increasing, to have Alex as another experienced senior batter in the category of Daryl and Moeen can only be a benefit.”

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