Monday, October 26, 2009

Adshead's contract not renewed

It has been announced that Gloucestershire have decided not to renew the contract of wicketkeeper Steve Adshead.

The move almost certainly confirms his move to Worcestershire, a deal many believed was done well before the end of the season, and is a further cricketer that has been on the staff for a reasonable amount of time, to depart Nevil Road.

Having joined the club in 2004, Adshead served the majority of his time as the one-day wicketkeeper and played in 89 matches, scoring 1,378 runs at 23.36 with 92 catches and 26 stumpings.

A fairly average set of statistics are replicated in his first-class performances, where he played 70 matches, scoring 3,077 runs at 32.05 with three hundreds; 185 catches and 13 stumpings also.

2009 saw a much improved Adshead, and he recorded highest scores in both forms of the game. His 156 not out at Southend was a remarkable performance as he shared a partnership with James Franklin that set up a memorable victory against Essex.

He will depart having never fulfilled his true potential at Glos, but the decision to release him was motivated, in the words of John Bracewell, by a need to "continue to strengthen the squad at every opportunity." Words that suggest a direct replacement is being sought, and the club won't simply persist with Steve Snell and Richard Coughtrie.

Already names such as Jon Batty from Surrey and the exciting youngster Tom Burrows, recently released by Hampshire, have been bandied around as potential targets, and certainly the latter of those would be very much a coup for Glos.

Official report: www.gloscricket.co.uk

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