Howell handed Gloucs deal
Gloucestershire batsman Benny Howell has signed a two-year contract with the club after an impressive start to the season.
The Bordeaux-born 23-year-old had effectively been on a season-long trial, playing by his own admission "on a match-by-match basis" since joining from Hampshire in the off-season, but is now committed to the club until the end of the 2014 campaign.
Howell earned his new deal with two half-centuries in the first five games of the season to add to some impressive limited-overs performances.
He said: "It's a good offer and I'm very pleased to have earned it after being given this opportunity by Gloucestershire. I believe the club is going places and it is exciting to be among a group of such talented young players."