Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Petersen joins up with Essex

South Africa's Alviro Petersen will join Essex for the first half of the upcoming county season. The experienced batsman made the announcement this week on, as has become typical in the world of sport over the last few years, popular social networking site Twitter. This is the latest example of how social media has become a great place to track live cricket online.

The 31-year-old revealed that he is "delighted" at signing the short-term contract with Essex, which will run until the middle of June and involve eight County Championship fixtures along with four Clydesdale Bank fixtures. 

The news will come as something of a blow to those who were keen to see the batsman reunited with Glamorgan, a club at which he formed a positive relationship with the locals and the fans. As the club's overseas player last season, Petersen captained Glamorgan, scoring 2,039 runs in all competitions in the process, a remarkable stat and a potentially prosperous one for those indulging in cricket bets

With the player's agent making an offer, which was later rejected, to the club intended to persuade them to take him back in any possible capacity after Aussie Marcus North joined up with the Cardiff club, it seems clear that the challenge for Petersen now revolves around making a name for himself in Essex. 

Those involved with the Essex set-up seem enthused about the move, with head coach Paul Grayson stating that the club will revel in bringing in an experienced county cricketer who has proved his talent in the past against the club for Glamorgan, Petersen hitting 100 last season at the SWALEC Stadium against the club. Whether or not the batsman can use his time with the club as the sort of preparation he needs for his country's summer tour of England does, however, depend upon his commitment and fitness over the coming months. Watch this space! 

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