Gidman junior on course for a notable double

Will Gidman is on course to mark his first season with Gloucestershire by completing a notable LV=County Championship double.

With three games to go, two of them at Bristol, the 26-year-old all-rounder needs 11 more wickets to reach 50 for the campaign, while another 136 runs will see him to the magic 1,000.

Jon Lewis is the only Gloucestershire bowler to have passed 50 Championship wickets this summer, while Chris Taylor is alone among the batsmen in having reached 1,000 runs.

It says everything about how successful a signing Gidman has been that he could well achieve both milestones, despite bowling third or fourth change in most games and batting in the middle order.

He goes into the match against Glamorgan at Bristol, starting on Wednesday August 31, on top of Gloucestershire’s Championship batting averages with 45.47 in 23 innings. And he also has the best average among the regular bowlers, his 39 wickets having been taken at 22.76 apiece.

Not bad for a player who was still awaiting his Championship debut when moving down from Durham to join Gloucestershire last winter.

Gidman, who bats left-handed and bowls right-arm seam, now boasts a highest score of 116 not out, made against Northants at Bristol, and best bowling figures of six for 92 against Derbyshire at Derby.

He was given the new ball with Lewis in the last Championship match against Essex at Colchester, ahead of both Ian Saxelby and David Payne.

A strong contender for the Player-of-the-Season award, Gidman junior has more than justified the faith director of cricket John Bracewell showed when inviting him to join elder brother Alex at the County Ground.

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