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Roderick pens fresh terms

Gareth Roderick has been rewarded after a fine first season for Gloucestershire with a two-year extension, taking his contract up to the end of 2016.

The 22-year-old South African wicketkeeper had joined the club at the start of the current season on a two-year deal after shining in West of England Premier League cricket in 2012.

Roderick made the position behind the stumps his own, taking 56 catches in all competitions and contributing 824 runs across all formats.

Gareth Roderick, pictured during this season's YB40 campaign, impressed enough during his first year to earn a new deal“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," Roderick told Gloucestershire's website.

“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.”

Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell added: “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."

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