Petersen prolongs Somerset stay
South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen has extended his contract with Somerset to play in the Friends Life t20.
The 32-year-old had signed to represent Somerset until the start of the FLt20 but will now be one of two potential overseas players for them in the shortest format.
Somerset’s first competitive match of 2013 is at Durham in the LV= County Championship from April 10 and their FLt20 group games are in July.
Petersen has become a Test specialist with his two Twenty20 internationals, besides 17 one-day internationals, coming in 2010. His overall T20 batting record is 1,629 runs at an average of 28.08 and strike-rate of 121.56.
Petersen, who led Lions to the final of October’s Champions League T20, said: "I am very pleased that I will now be able to stay on at Somerset and play for them in the Twenty20 competition. Over the years they have done well in the competition and I would like to think that my contributions will help them to lift the trophy."
Head coach Andy Hurry said: "This is great news for Somerset and having a top-class performer like Alviro in our T20 squad will certainly boost our batting and bring a wealth of experience to the side."