11:55am Monday 7th October 2013
GARETH RODERICK is the latest player to commit his future to Gloucestershire by signing an extended contract until the end of the 2016 season.
The 22-year-old South African has enjoyed a memorable first season in county cricket, scoring 625 runs at an average of 48.08 in the County Championship while establishing himself as first choice wicketkeeper in all forms of the game.
Roderick joins Craig Miles, Hamish Marshall, Liam Norwell and Ian Cockbain in penning new deals with the club recently.
He joined Gloucestershire after excelling with the bat for Cheltenham in the West of England Premier League during the 2012 season and his only previous experience of first class cricket came in South Africa, where he played 12 matches for KwaZulu-Natal.
Director of cricket John Bracewell said: “For a player who had basically been playing amateur cricket prior to joining us, Gareth has enjoyed an outstanding season.
“He was only a part-time wicketkeeper and his skills in that regard have improved immensely with the guidance of our specialist coach Jonathan Batty.
“His batting has also progressed to such an extent that he has moved up the order and shown himself capable of filling any position.”
Roderick said: “I am delighted to sign an extended contract at a time when several other players are showing their belief in the club by doing the same.
“I want to thank Jonathan Batty and Owen Dawkins for the help they have given me in coming to terms with the challenges of county cricket.
“I believe I have improved over the course of the summer, but there is still a lot of hard work to do. After a break back home in South Africa I will be returning to Bristol in November to start that work, together with the rest of the squad.”
Meanwhile, Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger was named Players’ Player-of-the-Year, at the club’s Annual Awards Ceremony in the new Bristol Pavilion at the County Ground.
Klinger scored more than 1,000 runs in both first class and one-day cricket in his first season with the county and had already been presented with the Moreton C Cullimore Cup as Batsman-of-the-Year prior to his recent return to Australia.
The Bowler-of-the-Year prize was awarded to Will Gidman, who claimed 55 first class victims despite being hampered by an ankle problem, while 19-year-old Craig Miles was rewarded for his 43 County Championship wickets with The Ray Parsons Award for Young Player-of-the-Year.
Miles Hammond, 17, collected the Collis Cup for Academy Player-of-the-year having played first team cricket in all three domestic competitions.
The off-spinner has also been named in the England Under-19 squad for a tri-series against Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates in the UAE during December, which will lead directly into the ICC Under-19 World Cup, also in the UAE, next February.
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