Boost for Somerset as South Africa's Petersen extends sojourn
Somerset supporters received a boost yesterday when the club announced that South African opening batsman Alviro Petersen, who has joined as overseas player for the opening half of the 2013 LV= County Championship season, will be extending his time at the County Ground to include the Friends Life Twenty20.
The 32-year-old is very experienced. with an impressive record in all formats of the game. In 2011 he captained Glamorgan and was their top performer with the bat in all competitions, scoring over 1,000 Championship runs.
In first-class cricket, he averages just less than 40 from 152 games, just over 34 in List A matches and better than 28 in Twenty20 cricket, so will be a very welcome addition to the Somerset fold.
Originally Petersen, who scored a century in his country’s opening Test against New Zealand in Cape Town last week, was only available for the opening half of the Championship season, but his commitments will now allow him to be at the County Ground until the end of July.
He said: “I’m very pleased that I will now be able to stay on at Somerset and play for them in the Twenty20. Over the years they have done well in the competition, and I would like to think that my contributions will help them to lift the trophy.”
Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick said: “Alviro will be great asset to the team as we will have him for the first part of the season and will now be able to keep that consistency going into the Twenty20.
“He has had good Twenty20 success back in South Africa and a lot of experience playing on big occasions, so he will play an important part in helping us to keep the consistency going forward.”
The captain added: “Alviro has played for both Glamorgan and Essex and is very much a three-dimensional cricketer, because in addition to his batting he can bowl off spin and he is a great fielder, so brings a lot to the club.”
Head coach Andy Hurry said: “Having a top-class performer like Alviro will boost our batting and adds a wealth of experience to the side.”