FORMER Wycliffe pupil Alex Gidman has been named the Thule Player of the month for July.

He had an excellent month with bat, highlights being his 93 and a career best 142 against Surrey in the County Championship.

The 235 stand between Gidman and Adshead was a fifth-wicket record for Gloucestershire against Surrey.

His innings of 142 lasted five and three-quarter hours at the crease in which the England A player faced 287 deliveries and hit 22 fours plus the two sixes.

Together with his 93 in the first innings, it was a monumental effort.

Peter Barker, Thule marketing manager who presented the award and said: "Alex has this month shown us all why he's so highly rated.

"More performances like this will no doubt enhance his reputation even further."