Somerset’s South African-born Dutch allrounder Roelof van der Merwe has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club at least until the end of the 2023 season. Van der Merwe, 36, joined the club on a short-term deal in 2011 before returning in 2016, and has since established himself as a crucial player of the Somerset squad across all three formats, with his left-arm spin and hard-hitting lower-order batting complementing his left-arm spin.

After playing a major role in Somerset’s Royal London Cup victory in 2019, he was handed his County Cap, and he also holds the record for the highest score by a Somerset player in a 50-over competition, with a match-winning 165 not out against Surrey at Taunton in 2017. After being signed by London Spirit, he also appeared in the Hundred’s debut season.

“I’m ecstatic to have been able to extend my stay at Somerset,” van der Merwe remarked. “We’ve got a terrific collection of men here, and I believe we’re on the edge of something special. The club has a particular place in my heart, and I will do everything in my power to ensure that we win cricket matches and earn the trophies that the players and our outstanding Members deserve.”

Van der Merwe recently represented the Netherlands at the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, where he qualified in 2015. Prior to it, he represented South Africa in 13 ODIs and 13 T20Is in 2009-10, including at the 2009 T20 World Cup in England.

Andy Hurry, the SCCC’s Director of Cricket, added: “Roelof is a capable player in all three formats of the game. His ambition, determination, and desire to achieve are unrivaled, and he is a true team player. He is superb on the field and in the locker room, and his domestic and international experience makes him an excellent role model for our young players to emulate. His enthusiasm for the game is contagious, and he makes outstanding contributions with the bat, ball, and on the field. I can confirm that we may now register Roelof as a local player once more.”