Somerset have secured the services of South Africa-born batsman and occasional off-spinner Johannes Myburgh for the 2014 season.
The 33 year-old is well travelled as a cricketer, having played for five different first-class teams on three different continents, including for Hampshire and Durham in county cricket.
Born in Pretoria, he shone as a schoolboy cricketer and then made his debut for Northerns in 1997 where he broke Graeme Pollock’s record for the youngest man to score a double-century in South African first-class cricket by hitting 203 against Easterns. He also played for South Africa Under-19s against England and Pakistan and in the 1998 Under-19s World Cup. He then progressed briefly to the Titans franchise before moving to New Zealand to try his luck for Canterbury, where he excelled by averaging over 50 from 25 first-class games.
It was then time to travel to England where he now lives with his wife in Twickenham. He first played sporadically for Hampshire in 2011 and Durham in 2012. More recently, he has played top-flight club cricket for Welwyn Garden City in the Home Counties Premier League in 2012 and latterly Sutton in the Surrey Championship. For the latter, he averaged 36.17 with the bat and 16.42 with the ball from 17 matches last season to finish second in both their batting and bowling averages.
Overall, he averages a healthy 43.37 with the bat in first-class cricket, having scored over 5,500 runs, along with more than 2,000 runs in List A cricket.
Despite all this, Somerset Director of Cricket Dave Nosworthy could guarantee him no place in the starting eleven come next season.
“Mybs is a quality person and a quality professional cricketer,” Nosworthy said. “His track record speaks for itself and I have no doubt that his experience and expertise will add massive value and depth to the team. However he is coming to the club with no guarantees or any expectations, so I look forward to him fighting his way into contention. I have worked with Mybs before and know what he has to offer, so look forward to him performing and also to everyone making him feel as welcome as possible.”
County Cricket News In Brief:
England players Michael Lumb and Chris Woakes have signed contract extensions with their counties. Woakes has signed on for two more seasons with Warwickshire, taking him until the end of 2016, while Lumb has turned down the opportunity to play in the Indian Premier League and will play three more years with Nottinghamshire.
Lumb’s move to spurn the IPL is perhaps unexpected given that his Notts team-mates Samit Patel and Alex Hales have been given the chance to take part should they attract high enough bids. However, Lumb has played before and said that he had “ticked that off my list”.
Surrey have extended the contract of promising young batsman Rory Burns until the end of the 2015 season. The 23 year-old is currently playing grade cricket in Sydney for Randwick Petersham CC and is the holder of the LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award after a strong 2012 season.
Yorkshire look set to lose second-team coach Paul Farbrace after the 46 year-old applied for the vacant position of Sri Lankan head coach. The county said that they had “reluctantly” given Farbrace permission to speak to SLC officials.
Nottinghamshire stalwart Paul Johnson will vacate his position as batting coach as a result of a coaching re-structuring. Johnson began as a player at Trent Bridge in 1981 before retiring in 2002 to take up a coaching position.
Derbyshire head coach Karl Krikken, and the remainder of his coaching team, will have to re-apply for their jobs after the club decided to re-structure their management set-up. The county are implementing a new Elite Cricket Performance model and are hoping to attract big-name external applicants.
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