Johann pleased to be staying with Somerset

It was announced recently that Johann Myburgh has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the Cooper Associates County Ground for white-ball cricket until the end of the 2018 season.

We spoke to him recently about his new deal.

“I’m grateful that I was blessed by God with the talent to play cricket and I’m delighted to be representing Somerset for another year,” he said over a coffee in the Stragglers Coffee House. “I’m very pleased that I will be playing another season of white-ball cricket whilst also preparing myself for life after cricket.

“This year went pretty well for me. I was happy with how I was hitting the ball and in terms of how I was hitting it this year has certainly seen some of my best innings for Somerset. I’m still really enjoying playing and I still want to win trophies and help Somerset to win trophies. That’s the big driving force behind still wanting to play. I want to make an impact on games and feel like I’m contributing to wins for the team.

“I enjoy white ball cricket a lot and I’ve made no secret of that in the past. I enjoy hitting the ball and being aggressive out on the field. When you’re hitting the ball nicely, you feel more confident and that helps you when it comes to making those brave decisions.”

“I’ve really loved my time down here and I really believe that we are close to achieving something really good. We made two quarter-finals this year and made a good fist of it against the eventual winners. We have a lot of young players who now have quite a lot of experience plus some of the older guys can still contribute to us winning matches! We have a number of match winners in the squad and hopefully we can do even better next year.

“During the winter I will be working at a college as a sports coach, which is what I will be doing after I finish playing cricket. It’s a really good opportunity and Framlingham College have been magnificent in supporting me. I’ll be coaching rugby and golf along with the winter cricket programme and a bit of netball too.

“The support I’ve had from the fans over the last few years has been great. My wife has been really supportive too as have my whole family. It’s their support that makes me feel determined to produce when I’m on the field. To have so many people believing in me makes it easier to go out there and play cricket.”

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