County news April 8, 2013

Petersen to miss Somerset opener

Somerset are likely to be without Alviro Petersen for the first game of the Championship season.

Petersen, who has signed as club's overseas player for the first part of the season, has been detained in South Africa to complete fitness tests for the national board. He will fly on Tuesday night and arrive in London on Wednesday morning, leaving little time to complete the necessary formalities and travel to Chester-le-Street for the match against Durham.

"He will arrive in London on Wednesday morning," Dave Nosworthy, Somerset's new director of cricket told ESPNcricinfo, "so it's unlikely we can get him through customs and up to Durham in time."

Petersen's absence is a blow to Somerset. They are already without Nick Compton, who is being rested on the order of England following his impressive efforts for England over the winter, and hoped that Petersen could help plug the gap.

They do welcome back the seamer Alfonso Thomas, however, who had an agreement with the club to prioritise the Championship over any potential IPL contract. Somerset were second in the Championship in 2012, equalling their best-ever finish.

Warwickshire, last season's champions, are also set to be missing a key player, with Chris Woakes rested on the orders of the ECB. The allrounder is suffering from fatigue, so will not be available again Derbyshire. Keith Barker and Boyd Rankin are also out, with Dougie Brown, Warwickshire's new coach, confirming that Oliver Hannon-Dalby and 20-year-old Tom Milns will form the bowling attack alongside Chris Wright.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on April 9, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Maybe a bit biased here but I agree with the comms saying Nick should not be rested by Somerset. For 1 (as already said) - he's not a CC player 2 - I think with a player like Nick , continuation is the key and that's not going to happen if he's rested.

    He's not played for several weeks and it's not like he's a bowler nursing a niggle or in danger of burnout. As for Woakes - from a purely biased POV - yes he should be rested for no other reason than it will weaken the bears.

    @JOTA - Yes it does seem the back scratching is a bit of a one way street re Eng and Somerset.

    I wonder if Eng and Somerset have come to an agreement/contract already re the WK position? If not , I wonder if Somerset could agree to play Jos as WK in shorter formats in exchange for letting Nick play , at least for the 1st game when we have no AP?

  • Mark on April 9, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Well said Juicy, Compo should be playing. Get some darn practice in boy. I hope Kiesy keeps up his FC form from last year, he was excellent. I have a real feeling we'll win the championship this season. Dockrell and COverton to have blinding seasons.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Woakes is not "fatigued" - Andy Flower has told him and Warwickshire to say that. There is far too much meddling by the ECB in county selection matters. It would be understandable if he'd bowled hundreds of overs in recent months but he obviously hasn't. I don't understand what they are playing at with Woakes. Our intelligence is being insulted yet again!

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Not surprised Chris Woakes is suffering from fatigue; I seem to recall that he played a couple of games around Christmas time, poor chap - must be absolutely exhausted. Nick Compton hasn't played for some weeks, either. If they don't have central contracts their counties must be rather hacked off.

  • Andrew on April 8, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Chris Woakes is suffering from fatigue? He hasn't played a game since February 23rd! If I took a month's holiday and then complained to my bosses that I was suffering from fatigue, I'd be rightly drummed out on my backside!

    Compton's case is perhaps slightly more understandable, but I still think he should be batting to gain/keep form instead of putting his feet up. These modern cricketers are so dreadfully pampered in terms of the number of games they play; perhaps they should be doing less gym workout and playing more cricket?

  • George on April 8, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    I'm with you Juicey. Somerset supporters always see things clearly. It'll be interesting to see how we do this year post-Rose. My prediction; Dockrell to come of age and annihilate EVERYONE.

  • Nicholas on April 8, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Why can't he fly into Manchester, and be halfway there!!

  • Simon on April 8, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Some comments on our bowling stocks on the fan forum that are a bit off the mark. The fact is we have 2 groups of bowlers. Old ones and Young ones. And nothing in the middle. This is potentially the perfect arrangement. The old ones are really good seasoned professionals that are very reliable and we love them Trego / Kirby / Thomas, but the years are ticking. Whilst the young ones are taller, faster and if you've been behind Dibble and Overton's arms, you'll see they bowl classic tight right arm medium fast stuff that could win us titles in a few years. What does all this mean? we havent got to poach anyone else's bowlers.

  • Simon on April 8, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    I dont see why the ECB should demand Compton has a rest, grrrrrrr dont we do enough for England (Strauss gets a game, chop our wickie's about), do we get a one dayer at Taunton, no, goes to empty stands in Wales or the North East! And bloody South Africa not letting us play our contracted players for games again (Philander over restrictions). Grrrrrrrrr. Please hit the floor running lads. Suppiah ton first day. Squad for the first game, any thoughts cidermen? Tresco Suppiah Kieswetter Hildreth Barrow Buttler Trego Thomas Overton Kirby Dockrell.

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