Tom Price extends Gloucestershire contract until 2023
21-year-old Tom Price has signed a contract extension at Gloucestershire Cricket that will see him remain at the Club until the end of the 2023 season.
The all-rounder featured prominently in the second half of the 2021 LV= Insurance County Championship having completed his second year of Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Durham University in May.
Price was present in the final six first-class matches of the season as Gloucestershire battled for a place in Division One and finished the year with more wins than any other county.
Speaking about his extension, Tom said: “I’m delighted to have signed this new deal - I love playing my cricket here in Bristol and being part of this special Club, so I’m very grateful for this opportunity. I’m really looking forward to building on the last couple of years and seeing what we can achieve as a squad.”
Having made his first-class debut for the Club in the Bob Willis Trophy last year, Price impressed once again with a stellar showing in this summer’s Visit Cayman Islands Cheltenham Cricket Festival. The right-handed batter finished the Festival with an average of 72; the final Glos batter standing in three out of four innings. Tom also took three wickets in 18 balls to help skittle Middlesex for 101 in the first innings of the Club’s victory.
Price had two standout performances in the latter stages of the Championship, helping The Shire to two of its eight first-class wins.
The first came against Northants at Bristol County Ground where Price had made his debut 13 months prior. The fast-medium seamer took career best figures of 7/111 in the match with four wickets falling in the opening innings.
Price then played a crucial part in the win over Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens in the penultimate match of the season. Following another destructive spell with the ball to take three wickets in 13 balls, Tom then recorded his maiden first-class half-century to tip the tie in Gloucestershire’s favour on the third day of the contest.
Steve Snell, Performance Director at Gloucestershire Cricket, said: “Extending Tom’s time at Gloucestershire is an exciting moment for the Club. Tom is a player of extremely high potential and he has a calm and ambitious head on his shoulders. Tom has a committed attitude, and he is the type of character that will do whatever role is necessary to help the team get the job done. This attribute is one among many strong characteristics that the players, coaches and our supporters really admire in Tom.
“Tom has progressed over the past two years with Gloucestershire and he has taken his opportunities when they came his way this season. Tom is certainly a valuable member of our talented squad and his appetite for success gives me confidence he will continue to develop his skills further.”
Finishing the County Championship season with 177 runs at 35.40 and 15 wickets at 24.53 is reason enough to feel excited about what the all-rounder can produce over the next two seasons with his full attention now on the cricket.
Tom joins younger brother Ollie who also put pen to paper on a two-year deal at Gloucestershire in November.