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Van der Merwe signs new Somerset deal to keep allrounder at Taunton until 2019

Roelof van der Merwe, the holder of Somerset's highest-ever individual 50-over score, is in his second stint with the club and will now remain at the County Ground until the end of the 2019 campaign

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Somerset have tied down another important player to an extended stay at Taunton, with Roelof van der Merwe penning a new contract at the club.

Van der Merwe, the holder of Somerset's highest-ever individual 50-over score, is in his second stint with the club and will now remain at the County Ground until the end of the 2019 campaign.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at Somerset and I’m really looking forward to the next two years. This is a great place to play your cricket and I genuinely feel that we could be on the brink of something special," he said.

“The members and fans here are great and hopefully we can really give them something to cheer about in the next few years.”

ROELOF VAN DER MERWE CAREER STATS
First-class: 3,053 runs (ave 35.09), 118 wickets (ave 35.58)
List A: 2,359 runs (ave 26.50), 214 wickets (ave 26.41)
T20: 1,954 runs (ave 20.78), 160 wickets (ave 24.53)

The 33-year-old, who has represented both South Africa and the Netherlands in the international arena, has racked up more than 3,000 first-class runs and 118 first-class wickets over the course of his career.

Somerset director of cricket Andy Hurry said: “During his time with the club Roelof has made a number of significant contributions with the bat, the ball and with his dynamic fielding. He relishes being in the battle and he has the ability to change the momentum of a game.

“He is an important player and character in our environment and it’s great news that he has pledged his immediate future to the club.”

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