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George Scott joins Gloucestershire after turning down new Middlesex deal

George Scott will join Gloucestershire on a three-year deal after turning down a contract extension with Middlesex.

The 23-year-old allrounder spent four years with Middlesex, and was a regular in both white-ball teams this season.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for me cricket-wise and I know Bristol is a lovely place,” Scott said.

“It seems like there is an incredibly family feel here. I’ve met a few of the guys and I know Higgo [Ryan Higgins] well and it feels like a really nice atmosphere at the Club so I’m absolutely delighted to be joining.”

Scott’s move closely mirrors the one that Higgins made two years ago. Both moves involved a young, seam-bowling allrounder who had grown frustrated at a lack of opportunities in the Championship side, and Gloucestershire will hope that Scott can follow Higgins’ lead in developing into a fine three-format player.

Scott played nine of Middlesex’s games in the Blast this season, though faced only 70 balls and didn’t bowl, and played seven times in the Championship, taking three wickets and making 204 runs. He was an ever-present in the One-Day Cup as Middlesex reached the quarter-finals, and hit a 30-ball 63 in the season opener against Essex at Chelmsford.

Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s managing director, said: “”It is always disappointing to lose a player that you have invested a lot into, but we have to respect George’s reasons for declining the offer of a contract extension. [He] is a cracking young man and we wish him well at Gloucestershire.”

Gloucestershire head coach Richard Dawson said: “It’s great to have George joining us. He’s got huge potential as both a batter and bowler in all formats of the game. All the players and coaching staff are looking forward to him starting with us and we hope we can help him realise his potential in the years to come.”

Article source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/1203786.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

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