Worcestershire CCC players and backroom staff were quick to pay tribute to Alex Gidman via social networking after he was forced to retire through injury.

All-rounder Joe Leach – Gutted to hear about @alex_gidman, one of the best blokes going around, a pleasure to call him a teammate, all the best for the future mate

Strengthening and Conditioning coach Ross Dewar – Gutted for @alex_gidman one of the really top lads in the game. Good luck for future bud #onemoreboleronight? #legend

Batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore – Sad to see @alex_gidman have to retire. It's been awesome learning from him over the last 18 months.

Paceman Jack Shantry – Congratulations @alex_gidman on a magnificent career, pleasure to play with you, if only for a season. Good luck for the future #Giddooooooo

Skipper Daryl Mitchell – A real shame @alex_gidman has had to retire thru injury. Good luck with @Gidmanco

First team physio Ben Davies – Good luck @alex_gidman in the next chapter of your life, it's been a pleasure working with you! Congratulations on a fantastic career

Batsman Joe Clarke – Sad to see @alex_gidman have to retire, been a pleasure my babber! Good luck with the next chapter! Legend! #changinglanesarewe