Howell pens Gloucestershire deal
Benny Howell has been rewarded for his fine batting form for Gloucestershire by signing a contract until the end of the 2014 season.
The 23-year-old former Hampshire opening batsman has impressed on trial at Bristol this season, notably in the Clydesdale Bak 40 with 240 runs at an average of 80.
Howell said: "It's a good offer and I'm very pleased to have earned it after being given this opportunity by Gloucestershire.
"I believe the club is going places and it is exciting to be among a group of such talented young players. John Bracewell has a set plan for the next two years and I am looking forward to being part of it."
Director of cricket Bracewell added: "It is great to have secured Benny on a long-term deal after what has been an extensive and successful trial period. Benny has demonstrated great adaptability in all formats which is a great asset to our small squad."