New deals for Ian and Tye

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS & VIEWS - By Seth Fran­cis

IAN Cock­bain will stay at Glouces­ter­shire un­til the end of the 2019 sea­son af­ter sign­ing a new three-year con­tract with the county.

Cock­bain, 29, made just four County Cham­pi­onship ap­pear­ances last sea­son hav­ing been briefly ap­pointed county cap­tain in 2015 when Geraint Jones stood down.

The bats­man broke his wrist but re­cov­ered to make 499 runs in the 2016 T20 Blast and end­ing the sea­son as the third high­est run-scorer, though he strug­gled in the One-Day Cup with 119 in seven matches.

Glouces­ter­shire head coach Richard Daw­son said: “It’s great to have Ian com­mit­ting to the club. He’s been a mas­sive part of the One-Day and T20 side in re­cent times and we look for­ward to him con­tribut­ing in all for­mats over the next few sea­sons.”

Cock­bain made his first­class de­but for Glouces­ter­shire in April 2011, af­ter three sea­sons on the MCC Young Crick­eters’ pro­gramme at Lord’s.

Glouces­ter­shire have also been busy by re-sign­ing Aus­tralia seam bowler An­drew Tye for the 2017 T20 Blast com­pe­ti­tion.

Tye took 18 wick­ets for the county in 14 T20 matches with the club last sea­son.

The 30-year-old has three T20I caps for his coun­try, with his last in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ance com­ing in a de­feat by South Africa in March. He has played for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League for the past two sea­sons.

Tye said:“I’m look­ing for­ward to con­tribut­ing again and hope­fully we can build on last sea­son and go all the way to win the tro­phy in 2017.”

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