Experienced trio sign extended deals at Taunton

Tim Groenewald, Roelof van der Merwe and Johann Myburgh have signed contract extensions at Somerset.

The three players, who were all born in South Africa, are highly experienced and have played active parts in Somerset’s Championship title charge and progress to the semi-final of the Royal London One Day Cup.

Seamer Groenewald and spinning allrounder Van der Merwe will now stay at Taunton until at least the end of the 2018 season, while opener Myburgh is contracted until the end of next season.

Groeners joined us on loan from Derbyshire initially in late 2014 before making the move permanent. He has improved dramatically as a bowler and is a more than useful batsman. Who could forget the dramatic last-wicket partnership with Jack Leach that eked out the 31 runs required to secure a dramatic victory over Surrey in May?

Van der Merwe is a warrior and useful addition to any changing room. His season started quietly – just 9 runs scored in his first 4 innings – but he has bowled superbly in tandem with Jack Leach and scored a maiden century for Somerset against Hampshire in late August when he struck 102 not out. Merv is also a fabulous fielder responsible for some stunning catches this season.

Myburgh was signed by David Nosworthy for the start of the 2013 season and has made many useful contributions for Somerset and has enjoyed a very successful season and currently topping the County Championship batting averages with 234 runs at 58.50. In the One-Day Cup Mybs averaged 40 from his seven matches.

This is great news to Somerset. There is a fine young team developing at the Cooper Associates County Ground but alongside the youth is a desperate need for experience too. These three players offer that with ability and determination in abundance. I, for one, am delighted that they are sticking around.