1:43pm Sunday 29th September 2013
By Rob Iles
DIRECTOR of cricket John Bracewell believes the signing of batsman Will Tavaré will add much-needed competition to Gloucestershire's top order next year.
The 23-year-old nephew of former Kent, Somerset and England batsman, Chris Tavaré, has signed a one-year contract will join up with the squad next March following a winter playing in Melbourne.
Tavaré has enjoyed an outstanding season with Gloucestershire's second team having amassed nearly 1,000 runs, including three centuries.
Bracewell, said: “Will has been our leading run-scorer in second XI cricket and is a player we have helped develop at the same time as he has been helping himself.
“He is a top order batsman, who deserves the opportunity to move up and provide extra competition for our batting places.
“We need three openers in our squad and Will’s signing to join Michael Klinger and Chris Dent in the squad means that is the case.”
Bristol-born Tavaré was educated at Bristol Grammar School before studying for a degree in human biology at Loughborough University. He averaged 32 in five first class appearances made during his time at Loughborough University and representing MCC Universities.
Tavaré said: “I come from a cricketing family and it has always been my ambition to play cricket professionally so I am very excited at the opportunity Gloucestershire are giving me.
“A few things clicked for me this summer and it was my best season with the bat. I went to Melbourne to play for a club there last winter, which helped my development, and I am delighted to be going back there before teaming up with Gloucestershire in March.”
Will's uncle, Chris Tavaré, played in 31 Test Matches and 29 one-day internationals for England, making nearly 25,000 first class runs and captaining Kent and Somerset.
Gloucestershire finished plumb in the middle of the County Championship Division Two table after an eight-wicket defeat against Glamorgan in their last game of the season at Cardiff.
Without captain Michael Klinger, they collapsed to 132 all out on the final day after Jim Allenby took 4-16 and Murray Goodwin hit 50 not out as Glamorgan reached their target of 102 with eight wickets to spare.
Chris Dent scored 84 in Gloucestershire's first innings total of 275, and although Will Gidman then took 4-64 - with his two second-innings wickets taking his tally to 50 for the season - Allenby's 85 and 42 not out from number 11 Michael Hogan gave Glamorgan a first-innings lead of 31.
With Hampshire taking a maximum-point victory over Essex, Gloucestershire dropped one place to finish fifth.
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