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Australian batsman Klinger signs new deal with Glos County

Michael Klinger will stay with Gloucestershire until 2017. Credit: Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Australian batsman Michael Klinger has signed a two-year deal with Gloucestershire that will see him stay at the County Ground until 2017.

In his time at Bristol, he has captained the team in both Championship and one-day cricket, scoring 15 centuries.

He will not be starting until June so that he can spend time with his family after his season with Western Australia.

Gloucestershire Cricket gets floodlight permission

Gloucestershire in action at the County Ground, Bristol. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club has today gained planning permission to install permanent floodlights at its Bristol ground.

This comes after an initial rejection of the plans by the council earlier in the year.

Campaigners who oppose the plans have said they would be eyesores and cause light pollution. However the club has argued that they would only be used during the cricket season, from April to September, and would help the club attract top international events like the 2019 Cricket World Cup, bringing huge benefits to the area.

We are delighted that the Committee has come to this decision as it finally allows us to realise our ambitions to bring International Cricket to Bristol.

We would like to thank everyone who has helped us develop these plans, particularly our neighbours whom we have continued to work with since February ... We will now work towards installing the lights ahead of the start of the 2016 season.

– Will Brown, Chief Executive, Gloucestershire Cricket

Australia international joins Gloucestershire Cricket

Ian Harvey will join Gloucestershire Cricket Credit: Gloucestershire Cricket

Former Australia international allrounder Ian Harvey will join Gloucestershire Cricket as assistant head coach.

Ian Harvey won 6 one-day trophies at the club between 1999 and 2003 and says he is looking forward to trying to bring the glory days back to the Bristol County Ground.

It’s a really exciting time. Over the next few seasons we’ve got the opportunity to start pushing for trophies and for promotion.

We are past rebuilding now, we have a lot of senior players here who’ve played a lot of cricket and it’s up to us as coaches to get the best out of these lads.

If we do then trophies and promotion aren’t out of the question.

– Ian Harvey

Ian will work alongside Richard Dawson who was appointed head coach at the end of January. The pair played alongside each other at Yorkshire and worked together at Gloucestershire in 2013.

It’s very exciting for the club to have Ian Harvey as assistant coach. We interviewed some very strong candidates and Ian stood out.

He already knows about the club having been a major part of its most successful period in the late nineties and early 2000s when they dominated the one-day competitions. His passion for the club is clear to see and he wants to recreate the successful environment he experienced here as a player.

– Richard Dawson

Gloucestershire Cricket appoint Richard Dawson as Head Coach

Richard Dawson playing for Yorkshire in 2006 Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gloucestershire Cricket have announced 34-year old Richard Dawson as the new Head Coach.

The former Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and England off-spinner, will join up with the squad with immediate effect.

Dawson, who ended his playing career with Gloucestershire at the conclusion of the 2011 season stayed on as their specialist one-day coach, before taking the opportunity to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club at the beginning of 2014.

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New cricket season starts this weekend

The 2014 Gloucestershire team in front of the new pavilion. Credit: ITV News

The new cricket season gets underway this weekend. Gloucestershire begin their County Championship second division opener against Hampshire on Sunday.

It will be the first match to be played in front of the new pavilion - the centrepiece of an ongoing and major redevelopment of the County Ground.

First chance to see inside Gloucester CCC's new pavillion

The £6 million development. Credit: ITV West Country

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club will tonight invite the public to see inside their new pavilion for the first time. It's part of a £6 million re-development of the County Ground in Bristol that the club hope will secure its status as a venue for international matches.

The work has been funded by the building of 147 flats on the opposite side of the ground.

Dent signs two year extension with Gloucestershire

Dent first signed with Gloucestershire in 2009 Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Chris Dent has signed a two year extension to his contract with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.

Dent signed his first professional contract with the club in 2009. The Bristol born batsman said "I am really pleased to have extended my contract for another two years at the Club I grew up at, and am looking forward in helping the team push for promotion."

Chief Executive Tom Richardson said "Chris is a product of our Academy and I’m really keen to see him go from strength to strength. We have a strong feeling that the best is yet to come."

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