Seam bowler Ian Saxelby is one of four Gloucestershire players to agree contract extensions with the county. The others are left-arm quick David Payne, opening batsman Ian Cockbain and seamer Liam Norwell.
News from Warwickshire, Kent, Surrey and more in today's County Cricket Round-Up.
Warwickshire have secured the services of New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel as their overseas player for the duration of the 2012 season subject to visa clearance from the Home Office.
The Nottinghamshire Academy trio of Sam Kelsall, Brett Hutton and Sam Wood have all signed two-year professional contracts with the club.
All three have represented England at Under-19 level over the past couple of years and will be hopeful of securing a berth in this year's Under-19 world cup.
The Surrey duo of Tom Jewell and Tom Lancefield have penned one-year contract extensions that will see them remain at The Oval until the end of the 2012 season. Both men are products of the county's Academy and have come through the Surrey age-group system.
Seventeen year-old off-spinner Peter Burgoyne has signed a two-year contract with Derbyshire. For the first year he will be on a summer contract as he completes his A-Levels, while in the second year he will be playing as a full-time professional.
Essex left-arm spinner Tim Phillips has signed a new one-year contract with the club.
The 30 year-old, who was born in Cambridge and represented Durham University, enjoyed a prolific Friends Life t20 campaign that saw him take 26 wickets at an average of 13, but, like the team, he endured a frustrating time of things in the County Championship resulting in him being replaced in the side by young leg-spinner Tom Craddock.
Kevin O'Brien, the hard-hitting Gloucestershire and Ireland batsman, received the 2011 Walter Lawrence Trophy - supported by Veuve Clicquot - for his 44-ball hundred at the traditional presentation dinner in The Long Room at Lordâ€™s on October 18.
O'Brien, who thumped 9 sixes and 7 fours in his hundred, finishing with 119 off 52 balls, was presented with the Trophy and a cheque for Â£5,000 from former England and Somerset all-rounder Vic Marks, who was guest speaker for the evening.