Gidman commits future to Kent
Gidman commits future to Kent

Kent all-rounder Will Gidman has signed a contract extension and is aiming to contribute with bat and ball in 2018.

The seam-bowling left-hander has scored eight half-centuries and averaged 34 in first-class cricket since joining on loan from Nottinghamshire in 2016 before sealing a permanent move.

With the ball, he has claimed 14 of his 212 first class wickets and claimed 19 catches in 15 matches for Kent.

The 32-year-old said: “We’re working hard this winter to right a few of the wrongs from last season and bounce back.

“The great thing about being an all-rounder is that I can contribute with both bat and ball.

“My bowling will be a huge focus this winter – it has eased off in the last couple of seasons but I love taking wickets and want to get back to taking five-wicket hauls.

“I tend to bowl better when I have batted well and vice versa so I like to keep myself involved in the game with bat and ball.

“I love having a senior role in the side and we’re looking forward to Allan Donald joining the group in the New Year and sharing his ideas and experience with our bowlers.”

Head coach Matt Walker said: “Will is an extremely experienced cricketer whose contribution within the group is priceless.

“Although last season was a disappointing one, I have no doubt he will play a huge part in the season to come.”

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