Senior bowler needed to replace Lewis, urges Gidman

Alex Gidman is hopeful that Gloucestershire will sign a senior bowler to replace Jon Lewis this winter.

The skipper is already looking forward to next summer, the first without front-line bowler Lewis, who has signed a two-year contract with Surrey.

Gidman said: “I think it would be very hard to achieve similar results in the Championship without an experienced bowler to replace Jon.

“The young attack we had working with him has already shown it is going to be very good. But the knowledge and talking that someone like Lewy brought to the dressing room was very important to us.

“I think we could do with similar help in that department going forward and I don’t mind if it is a spinner or a seamer. I would just like to see a new senior bowler brought in so there is the same leadership in the bowling department that Jon brought.

“The process of bringing in any new player is complicated by the club awaiting news on our ground development plans, which will have a major effect on finances and future planning.

“I never get too involved in the financial side of the club. I see my job as assessing what I feel we need on the field and making recommendations. Whether the club can afford to act on them or not is another matter.

“At some point I shall get together with director of cricket John Bracewell and chief executive Tom Richardson to see what it possible.

“But I am optimistic about our future in Championship cricket, not least because we have a group of players keen to listen and develop tactically.

“It is very hard work playing the brand of four-day cricket we are striving for, but we have shown on many occasions last season that it pays off.

“If we can sign the experienced bowler I have talked about, there is no reason why we can’t step up on this last season and win promotion next year.”

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