Tuesday 23 January 2007 

Powerful Trio Extend Contracts At GCCC

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club are pleased to announce that Alex Gidman, Steve Kirby and Chris Taylor have all signed contracts to extend their stay at the Club.

GCCC Chief Executive, Tom Richardson stated “I am really pleased that Alex, Chris and Steve have extended their contracts. We see them as being the core of the team, they are all high quality players and, as senior members of the squad they all have a huge part to play. All very positive for 2007.”

GCCC vice captain, Alex Gidman announced: “I am very happy with this and am looking forward to working with the squad to develop the team and compete for and win trophies.”

Alex made his Gloucestershire first XI debut in 2003 and his all round ability enabled him to score 1244 runs in the LVCC Championship in 2006. In 2006 he was awarded Gloucestershire’s Player’s Player of the Season after proving a successful choice for vice-captain and demonstrating his leadership skills when GCCC Captain Jon Lewis was called to England duty. In 2005 Alex was selected for the England A squad to tour the UAE and Sri Lanka, claiming an impressive 3-8 against Sri Lanka A.

Steve Kirby commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be extending my contract with the club. My family and I are really happy down here in Gloucestershire. With the excellent support structure we have at the Club I am certain further success is inevitable in both forms of the game. This year with a bit of luck and lot of hard work I hope to fulfill my life long dream to play for my country.”

Steve was the leading wicket taker for Gloucestershire in the 2006 season, taking 49 wickets in the County Championship. The 29 year old joined Gloucestershire at the end of the 2004 season from Yorkshire. He was selected for the ECB National Academy squad in 2001 and 2003, touring Australia and has also toured India with England A in 2003.

Chris Taylor stated: “It is with great pleasure that I am signing an extension to my contract. I look forward to contributing to a strong Gloucestershire team and along with the other players, remain committed to bringing more success to the club and its supporters.”

Since marking his Gloucestershire debut in 2001 with a century, Chris Taylor has been a strong force for the County including captaining the side in 2004/5. In 2006 he demonstrated his strong fielding abilities in one day cricket to accompany his consistent batting displays.