Former MCC Young Cricketer Ian Cockbain has signed a new contract with Gloucestershire, keeping him at the club until 2013.
Batsman Cockbain scored 542 runs in four-day cricket at an average of 27.1 in 2011. In the shorter forms of the game he averaged 34.33 and 25.54 in the CB40 and FLt20 respectively.
He became a regular fixture in the Gloucestershire batting line-up in his debut season and hit his maiden first-class century against Middlesex in June scoring 127 in the drawn match at Uxbridge.
Gloucestershire chief executive Tom Richardson said: “Ian Cockbain put in some very good performances for us in all forms of cricket.
“We are fully committed to backing the young players who performed so creditably in the Championship for us this summer, while looking to help them develop their one-day skills.”
During his time at Lord’s, Cockbain captained the side, in 2010, accumulating an impressive 537 runs as skipper, averaging 38.86.
Cockbain is joined by seamers Ian Saxelby (22) and Liam Norwell (19) as well as paceman David Payne (20) who have all been awarded new contracts at Gloucestershire.