Somerset County Cricket Club have confirmed South African Test batsman Alviro Petersen will be returning to the Club as their overseas player for the 2014 season.
During his spell with the County in 2013 the top order batter, who has played in 26 Test matches, appeared in six Championship games in which he scored 562 runs at an average of 46.83, including a century on his debut at the Oval.
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Somerset have moved their 40-over match against Yorkshire from Bath to Taunton due to concerns over the pitch at The Recreation Ground.
The match in the YB40 competition was due to be played in Bath on August 15 but after consulting with the ECB, Somerset decided to move it to the County Ground.
However, the county insist they remain committed to playing one-day games at the Rec in the future once the pitch has been improved.
Guy Lavender, Somerset’s CEO said:
“This is very disappointing for everyone concerned and we apologise for the inconvenience that this change of venue will inevitably cause. Over the last few weeks we have undertaken a detailed pitch survey and inspection by both our Head Groundsman and the ECB’s specialist pitch consultant.
Their conclusions were unequivocal, identifying significant risks that the pitch would not be capable of hosting this important penultimate round fixture."
Those who have purchased tickets for the match will be contacted by post and given new ticketing options.
We are delighted that Pete has signed a new contract with us. Since returning to his home county in 2006 he has been a major force in helping Somerset to become one of the most competitive sides in cricket.”
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