County news November 9, 2012

Somerset bring in Petersen

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alviro Petersen, the South Africa opener, will join Somerset as their overseas player for the first part of the 2013 season. Petersen, who has previously played for Essex and Glamorgan, will be available until the start of the Friends Life t20 competition.

Petersen, 31, is currently on tour with South Africa in Australia, making 64 on day one of the first Test. He scored 241 runs at an average of 61.00 during South Africa's 2-0 Test series win in England early this year, including his Test-best score of 182, and has accumulated almost 10,000 first-class runs at just under 40 in his career.

"I am very pleased to have signed to play for Somerset for the first part of next season," Petersen said. "Somerset are a successful team in all forms of cricket and I look forward to becoming part of the set-up and hope that I can help them to win some trophies in 2013."

South Africa have a light schedule next year, with their Test series in Sri Lanka having been put back until 2015, and their Test captain, Graeme Smith, has already signed for Surrey. Petersen could be involved for the ODI leg of the tour to Sri Lanka, still scheduled for July 2013, although his last one-day appearance came in January.

Petersen will follow in the footsteps of compatriot Vernon Philander, who played five Championship matches for Somerset at the start of 2012, as well as Smith, who led the county to their most recent silverware in winning the Twenty20 Cup in 2005. South Africa's Richard Levi and Albie Morkel also turned out at Taunton last season, in the FLt20, with Pakistan spinner Abdur Rehman replacing Philander during the second half of Somerset's Championship campaign.

Somerset will be Petersen's third county in three seasons. He captained Glamorgan in 2011 but abandoned a plan to play for them as a Kolpak signing this year, having been recalled by South Africa. A move to Essex then sparked anger at the Welsh county; a century on his return to Cardiff was Petersen's response.

"We are delighted to have signed Alviro Petersen," Guy Lavender, the Somerset chief executive, said. "He is an exceptional player and has an impressive record, which he demonstrated during this summer's series against England and we look forward to welcoming him to Taunton in the spring."

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  • Sanjay on November 11, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    @JG2704: Alrighty, looks like I got you a bit hot under the collar there....but I'm disappointed to read you feel all Rehman did was a bit of this, and a bit of that. I'm afraid that's how it all starts and we don't need any of it in our sport, let alone any sport for that matter. As for Rehman, he showed poor judgment if you isolate it to a personal case but when you consider the recent turmoil that his country's players have found themselves in, his actions were shocking. Talk about making things worse than they already are!

  • John on November 11, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    @InsideHedge on (November 11 2012, 15:33 PM GMT) We beat Warwicks fair and square at Taunton just like Warwicks beat us fair and square at Edgbaston. I've never said that Warwicks were not worthy champions , just that that particular game with Warwicks where we had Warwicks 8 down with plenty to get (I think Patel played the inns out) , if we had Rehman then who knows. If you read any of my comms before re the CC , I have consistently said that if Somerset didn't get there Warwicks (as the only team to beat us) would deserve the title. Re 2010 - Not sure what that has to do with this years CC. PS I have no prob with Rehman. He smoked a bit of pot which is hardly a huge thing is it? Please publish

  • Mark on November 11, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple: Spot on, Morkel is a fantastic bowler in T20s. He looked really, really tidy every time he played for Somerset last year. RvdM would be an ideal signing and if the can get Morkel too that'd be great, if not, I wouldn't mind seeing someone like Ross Taylor in. The bowling doesn't often falter in crunch games, it's the batting. RT and RVDM would sure up a batting unit which can look invincible one week and pathetic the next.

  • Simon on November 11, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    JG Yeah Rehman was awesome, and you're right he could have turned those matches, but Dockrell is a tight bowler, and can win a game, plus unless its a scorcher then the spinners arent hugely effective spring / early summer anyway, but perhaps this is a bit of a rigid doctrine. I think what you proposed would certainly have been plan A.1, and isnt it one we followed with Kartik (except while he was with the IPL). With plan A.2 to bring in someone like Starc if available.What I liked about A Morkel was how miserly his bowling figures in T20s were, I've no problem with him coming in down at 7, but if he was available I felt he could have done the job on Hampshire that Mascehranes did on us.

  • John on November 10, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple .I just felt that if we had Rehman at the start of the season we might even have won the CC. In our only defeat we had Warwicks on the ropes and a potent bowler may have made the difference. That would have probably been a 30 point swing had we won that match as Warwicks would have been 15 or so down and Somerset 15 up which would have been enough to win the title, Then we had Durham on the brink and Notts may have folded in rain interrupted matches. I agree that we have more bowling depth but one of the things I considered when making my judgement was the weather and in shortened matches (which we've had plenty of in recent years) it's the wickets that win the matches and while our bowling unit has been decent I personally would still have gone for a quality bowler if one became available. Re your signings - agree re VDM but I think AM is one of the most overrated players out there. I prefer one of the SA ODI spinners like Botha or the guy who did well in the CL

  • Simon on November 10, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    JG2704 got to agree with Dave Brown entirely on this. Suppiah at the top of the order has been the weak link in our batting for 2 years now. Plus we dont know who will be available from England. On the bowling side, Trego and Kirby have shown how irrepressable they are, THEN you've got Overton, Dibble, Overton, Hussain, all standing over 6'4" with the least accurate potentially being Hussain PLUS Gregory and Meschede chomping at the bit. And the Fonz after the IPL presumably. Bowling looks excellent for the coming years, really excited about Dibble and Overton, well all of the above actually. And its our batting that has let us down. Buttler is developing and will one day be the complete package. Barrow and Jones should have run outs in the CB40. Also a big vote of confidence in Dockrell in CC and Waller in CB40. I would bury the hatchet with Rehman in the second half of the CC and bring in Van der Merwe and Albie Morkel for the T20, if not the former for the rest of the year.

  • John on November 10, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @Dave Brown on (November 10 2012, 00:10 AM GMT) Fair points. Suppiah , over the years has been decent but wasn't so good last year. I did however feel that a world class bowler can win matches for a side. Rehman was immense and I wonder if we had a bowler of his quality (with no workload restrictions) if we could maybe have turned a couple of those draws into wins (even with the rain). One of the Notts games and the Durham game spring to mind. Also VP wasn't so impressive in his stint (admittedly much to do with his workload restrictions) , I also wonder if Rehman might have swung the 1st Warwicks game in our favour

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Brilliant signing. Totally disagree JG2704; we have some fine young bowlers coming through at Somerset who all played well last season when available. The area we constantly struggled with was with the replacement bats. Jones and Barrow showed they are off the mark by some way and Suppiah always flatters to decieve whilst Butler does not appear to be a 'four day' player, or at least he can't consistently score runs in the Champ. it is also likely that we wll miss Butler, Kiesweiter and Compton to England whilst Tresco is likely to at least be rested from time to time. Pieterson will hopefully fill one of the above holes and we can look forward to the unhindred development of the Overton Twins, Dibble and Gregory whilst Hussain eventually started to show why we signed him with some good performaces last season. Tres, Pieterson, Comp, Hildy, Craig, Butler/Suppiah, Trego, Overton, Dibble, Dockrell, Kirby. Should do the job next year!

  • John on November 9, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Personally I'd rather have seen a bowler as our overseas player. Suppiah has been pretty good over the years in the CC and then we have Nick,Hildreth,Craig,Jos and Trego. Also I'm slightly worried as I think there was a to do about AP messing Glamorgan around. Having said that maybe Somerset are thinking Nick will have a decent Indian tour and they may be without him for a while next summer so maybe a bit of forward thinking even if they are gambling on Nick becoming an England regular

  • Sanjay on November 9, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    "I am delighted to sign for <Insert Name of County> I look forward to...blah blah blah...".

    Am I the only one to be bored by these template announcements? Yawn. As for Peterson, I'm curious who'll be his 4th county in 2014.

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