Somerset have announced that Craig Kieswetter has signed a new three year deal with the club committing him to the County Ground until at least the end of the 2017 season.
The 26 year old attacking batsman and wicket-keeper made his first team debut in 2007 and quickly established himself as a key member of the first team in all forms of Cricket.
Craig Kieswetter said: “I am absolutely over the moon for this opportunity to be able to commit myself further to SCCC.
“From the very beginning of my career the club has helped and guided me to achieve levels of performance I am proud of. Throughout every corner of the county there are people passionate about the club, and so to be able to be part of something that has such a loyal following it’s extremely humbling.
“I have had plenty of ups and downs throughout my professional and international career, but there is always one factor that remains a complete positive for me – and that is being part of this club.
“I love playing for Somerset. It’s my home and I am so excited about the next three years. I believe there is a lot exciting talent coming through and I’m looking forward to helping develop the personnel and the club to even higher success. We are Somerset.”
Dave Nosworthy the Somerset Director of Cricket said: “With the amount of ability and the track record that Craig has, any team would be delighted to have signed him – and so naturally so are we!
“Craig is one of the more naturally talented players around who has the ability to turn a game on its head, both with bat in hand and with the gloves. He is a natural striker of the ball who in my mind still has much more ability which we have not yet even seen. He is a quality wicket keeper with added agility, and is also a member of the team who shows some leadership traits.
Nosworthy added: “The new deal is good news for the club and I am sure that like us he will be very pleased to be able to continue his prolific career here at the County Ground.”
Obviously this is great news for Somerset and the supporters. The big fear among many of us was that Kiessy would decide to move elsewhere to further his career one short year after we lost the services of the equally brilliant Jos Buttler and go from two international class wicket-keepers to none so we need worry no more.
Kiessy has been in stunning form in the T20 in particular this season, probably our best player, and is a vital part of Somerset’s future in all formats.
Drawing with Lancashire may have been disappointing but this is great news.