Dutch pace bowler Paul van Meekeren has signed for Somerset on a short term deal until the end of the season. The 23-year-old from Amsterdam has played 2 One Day Internationals and 15 t20s for the Dutch, some alongside fellow Netherlands and Somerset player Roelof van der Merwe. In one of these t20 internationals, he took 4-11 against Ireland to win a 2016 world cup qualifier.
Van Meekeren has been playing in Somerset’s second XI, having taken 2-55 as Somerset beat rivals Gloucestershire by 95 runs.
Matt Maynard, speaking to Somerset CCC’s official website, has said that “Paul is a player that we have been monitoring for a little while. We have trialled a few bowlers this summer but Paul has really been the standout and he got a five-fer in the Second XI game against Kent recently.
“Both Chris Rogers and Marcus Trescothick were playing in that game and they both spoke highly of his attributes. I got to see him at Taunton Vale earlier this week and he impressed me so he has agreed a short term contract with us until the end of the season. I know that we beat off opposition from other counties and he has got a real opportunity in this game to show what he is capable of. He is six feet four, gets good bounce and predominantly swings the ball away from the right hander. I know that Jason Kerr is excited about him as a prospect, but he still has a lot of work to do, but hopefully he will have a good career here.”
Van Meekeren is joining a competitive Somerset seam bowling attack, with the Overton’s, Lewis Gregory, Tim Groenewald and Josh Davey all competing for a space in the bowling attack.