Alex Gidman

English cricketer (born 1981)

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Alex Gidman
Personal information
Full name
Alexander Peter Richard Gidman
Born (1981-06-22) 22 June 1981 (age 42)
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Nickname Giddo
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Relations Will Gidman (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2001–2014 Gloucestershire (squad no. 5)
2001 Gloucestershire Cricket Board
2007/08 Otago
2015 Worcestershire (squad no. 3)
FC debut 3 July 2002 Gloucestershire v Derbyshire
Last FC 1 September 2015 Worcestershire v Sussex
LA debut 15 May 2001 Gloucestershire CB v Herefordshire
Last LA 18 August 2015 Worcestershire v Derbyshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 204 195 96
Runs scored 11,622 4,473 1,448
Batting average 36.31 27.44 19.56
100s/50s 24/60 5/21 0/4
Top score 264 116 64
Balls bowled 7,340 3,256 292
Wickets 103 71 9
Bowling average 44.05 39.23 45.55
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/47 5/42 2/24
Catches/stumpings 141/– 67/– 22/–
Source: CricketArchive, 5 January 2016

Alexander Peter Richard Gidman (born 22 June 1981) is an English cricket coach and former cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium-pace bowler who played for Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.

Playing career[edit]

Gidman went to Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, where he became a talented cricketer playing for the first XI. Gidman worked his way through the youth ranks as a Gloucestershire player, starting in the Under-17s County Championship tournaments of 1997 and 1998. Gidman’s first-class cricketing career began with limited overs cricket in 2001 in the C&G Trophy. He played his first County Championship match a year later, and while Gloucestershire failed to impress in that year’s competition, they were promoted the following year, with Gidman establishing himself in the middle-order and averaging over 40 with the bat.

Gidman was appointed England A captain for their 2003-04 tour to India, but had to leave the tour with a hand injury before he played a game. Gloucestershire finished in mid-table that year, with Gidman scoring 869 runs, for which he was rewarded with a new contract.[1] While 2005 saw Gloucestershire relegated to the second division in the Championship, Gidman hit three centuries, including a career-topping high score of 142 against Surrey.

The following season, Gloucestershire struggled in the second division, though Gidman hit four centuries in the season, finishing with an average of just below 50. In 2007, he averaged 39.65 and was Gloucestershire’s top scorer.

He has signed to play for Otago in the 2007-08 New Zealand cricket season.[2]

Gidman was appointed captain of Gloucestershire in 2009 taking over from Jon Lewis. He was awarded a benefit year in 2012, after being with the county for 10 years.[3] After Gloucestershire finished bottom of the 2012 County Championship, Gidman stood down as captain, having already relinquished captain duties in the Friends Life t20 to Hamish Marshall. He felt he needed to concentrate on his own game,[4] and was replaced by Michael Klinger.

With the burden of the captaincy removed, Gidman enjoyed a very successful 2013 season, averaging 51.13 and amassing 1125 runs. He also scored a career high 211 against Kent, the first time a Gloucs player had scored a double century since Craig Spearman in 2006.[5] In June 2013, he was rewarded with a new three-year contract taking him up to the end of the 2016 season.[6]

In September 2014 it was announced that Gidman would join Worcestershire on a two-year contract.[7]

In August 2015 Gidman announced that he was launching an organisation which would support ex-players back into a life after sport. Ironically, In February 2016 Gidman announced his retirement from cricket, due to a serious finger injury.[8]

Career best performances[edit]

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Figures Fixture Venue Season
FC 264 Gloucestershire v Leicestershire Bristol 2014 4/47 Gloucestershire v Glamorgan Cardiff 2005
LA 116 Gloucestershire Gladiators v Sussex Sharks Hove 2009 5/42 England A v Bangladesh A Mirpur 2007
T20 64 Gloucestershire Gladiators v Worcestershire Royals Bristol 2009 2/24 Otago Volts v Canterbury Wizards Dunedin 2008

Coaching career[edit]

On 5 March 2018, Gidman returned to Worcestershire as Second XI Coach.[9] Later that year, on 30 November 2018, Gidman was promoted to Head Coach.[10]

Gidman stepped down from his role and left Worcester on 14 October 2022.[11] In February 2023 he joined Kent as batting coach for one season[12] before moving to become an assistant coach with the England women’s cricket team in October of the same year.[13]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ Alex Gidman stays with Gloucestershire
  2. ^ Gidman joins Otago
  3. ^ Alex Gidman awarded Gloucestershire benefit year
  4. ^ Alex Gidman to stand down as Gloucestershire captain
  5. ^ Alex Gidman delighted with double century at Cheltenham
  6. ^ Gloucestershire batsman signs new contract
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  8. ^ “Finger injury forces Alex Gidman retirement”. ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  9. ^ “Alex Gidman: Worcestershire bring back former batsman as second XI coach”. BBC Sport. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  10. ^ “Worcestershire: Alex Gidman appointed first-team coach”. BBC Sport. 30 November 2018. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  11. ^ “Alex Gidman: Worcestershire head coach leaves New Road with immediate effect”. BBC Sport. 14 October 2022. Retrieved 1 November 2022.
  12. ^ Alex Gidman: Former Worcestershire head coach named Kent batting coach, BBC Sport, 9 February 2023. Retrieved 9 February 2023.
  13. ^ Alex Gidman joins England Women as assistant coach, CricInfo, 31 October 2023. Retrieved 31 October 2023.

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