Johann looking forward to another year
It was announced last month that Johann Myburgh had signed an extension to his current contract.
The popular 35 year old will now be remaining at the Cooper Associates County Ground until at least the end of next season.
After signing up for another season Johann said: “I was very happy to sign the new contract because I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years here. It’s a very talented squad and to be a part of it is a privilege. I’m very excited to be staying for another year and hopefully next season will be a really good one.”
Johann was enjoying a good run of form until injury put him on the sidelines. “It’s always frustrating to get injured when you’re playing nicely,” he said. “You just want to keep on playing. It’s one of those things that happens in sport and although it was frustrating to not be involved as much as I would have liked, it was a good season for the team and that is what it’s all about. When I had the opportunity to play, I like to think that I contributed well towards the team and that’s what I want to do. I want to contribute to the team winning as many matches as possible.”
The man from Pretoria topped Somerset’s batting averages in the Specsavers County Championship averaging over 58 from the three matches that he played. His highest score in the competition was 110 against Hampshire in June. He was also sixth in the averages in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and NatWest T20 Blast, hitting scores of over 80 in both competitions.
2016 was an impressive season for the County and Johann believes that the personnel are in place to go on and achieve success. “It’s a very talented squad which is also maturing,” he said. “Some of the guys are still quite young but they’ve been around for a long time now and have built up some good experience to go along with their natural talent. When you put all that together you can see that this is going to be a very dangerous squad for a few years to come. To be a part of that is a great feeling.”
How will Johann be spending his winter? “I’ll be doing a little bit of work during the winter to help set up life after cricket,” he revealed. “I’m not the youngest guy any more so I need to start looking at what will happen after playing has finished. Luckily I’ve got the opportunity to get involved with an independent school in Suffolk this winter which I’m really looking forward to. I also need to do what I need to do this winter to ensure that, come next summer, I am ready to go. With that in mind I’ll be in close conversation with Daz (Darren Veness, SCCC Head of Strength & Conditioning) and Jamie Thorpe (SCCC Lead Physiotherapist) to make sure that I’m physically ready so that I can hit the ground running at the start of the season.”