County news December 12, 2013

Somerset turn to Myburgh

ESPNcricinfo staff

Somerset have bolstered their squad with the signing of the experienced South African Johann Myburgh.

Myburgh, 33, is a top order right hand batsman who also bowls off breaks. He currently lives with his wife in Twickenham, on the outskirts of London, and has been living in the UK for a number of seasons playing for Sutton CC in the Surrey Championship.

The well-travelled Myburgh has played domestic first class cricket in South Africa for the Titans, and has also spent time playing in New Zealand playing for Canterbury, before appearing for Hampshire in 2011 and Durham in 2012. During his career, he has occasionally been on the fringe of various South African and New Zealand national squads without ever quite making his international debut.

Somerset's director of cricket Dave Nosworthy, also South African, said: "Mybs is a quality person and a quality professional cricketer. His track record speaks for itself and I have no doubt that his experience and expertise will add massive value and depth to the team.

"He is coming to the club with no guarantees or any expectations, so I look forward to him fighting his way into contention. I have worked with Mybs before and know what he has to offer, so look forward to him performing and also to everyone making him feel as welcome as possible."

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  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Slightly concerned with this signing. A 33 year old who last played first class in 2012 and ended the season in Durham's seconds. I agree we needed another bat in the top 6 to provide competition and cover but not what I was expecting. I was kind of hoping the Redfearn, who was released by Derby would be picked up: A hungry young English batsman who could be a useful all rounder. Scored runs, but had a bad season last year... or a has been who just happens to be of the same nationality as the coach. Jobs for the old boys anyone? Also can't help thinking the coach wants some of 'his men' in the changing room to regain some of the control he lost last year after a woeful season. Probably signed on his ability to have a pint after the game with the coach and chat about good old SA opposed to someone who will actually make a difference... More than happy to be proven wrong and do wish you all the best for next year. Perhaps a bit of experience could be good with all the young un's stepping

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    I'm assuming this isn't as the professional but through the back door therefore stopping a English player from getting a game!

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