Gloucestershire quartet awarded new contracts

Ian Saxelby
Saxelby made his Gloucestershire debut in 2008

Gloucestershire have awarded new contracts to four of their players.

Seamer Ian Saxelby, 22, has signed a three-year deal with the county.

Paceman David Payne, 20, has been handed a two-year extension to keep him at the club until 2014 while batsman Ian Cockbain, 24, and seamer Liam Norwell, 19, have signed until 2013.

"All these players have shown promise and we are delighted they've committed themselves to us," chief executive Tom Richardson told BBC Gloucestershire.

Saxelby missed the entire 2010 campaign after undergoing a shoulder operation but took 49 Championship wickets in his comeback season this year.

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Left-armer Payne took 42 wickets in his first term in the Championship, while Norwell took 6-46 on his debut against Derbyshire before being sidelined for most of the season with a back injury.

Batsman Cockbain scored 542 runs in four-day cricket and averaged 34.33 and 25.54 in the CB40 and FLt20 respectively.

Richardson continued: "Ian Saxelby, in particular, has come back from a serious injury and shows immense potential and has a mature head on young shoulders.

"Payne played 14 Championship games last year - which is a lot for someone of his age and is probably more than we expected him to do. We see him as having a very bright future with us.

"Ian Cockbain put in some very good performances for us in all forms of cricket whilst Liam made a very impressive start - he went off like a rocket."

Meanwhile, after pre-tax losses of around £40,000 for the last two years combined, the club have announced a profit of £2,000 for the 12 months up to the end of September this year.

Gloucestershire also reported all-time record gate receipts for the Cheltenham Festival.

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