Paul van Meekeren and Tim Rouse will be leaving Somerset County Cricket Club at the end of the season after the decision was taken to not extend their current contracts.
Netherlands International Paul joined Somerset in 2016. After a number of impressive performances for the Second XI he made his debut in the three-day Tourist match against Pakistan at the Cooper Associates County Ground. He made an immediate impact by claiming three for 78 in the tourist’s first innings.
Paul went on to make his T20 and List A debuts for Somerset later that year.
During his time at the Club, Paul has also played a leading role in the Club’s Community Engagement Programme. He has been a regular visitor to Selworthy Special School as part of the education partnership between the two organisations and he has also helped Somerset Cricket Board deliver a large number of All Stars sessions. His work off the field saw him win the SCCC Player in the Community Award in 2017.
Regarding his time at Somerset, Paul said: “I will be taking some great memories with me. To be able to sign for a club like Somerset after coming over here was a dream come true. With the bowling attack that there is here it was difficult to break into the side sometimes, but I’ve had a great three and a half years. I will certainly look back on my time here with fond memories.
“My debut against Pakistan was a very special moment and I will definitely remember the crowds that we get here at Somerset. I’ve also really enjoyed the community things that I’ve done in my time here. I will leave with happy memories, and I hope that people will have happy memories of me.”
Tim also made his First Class debut for Somerset in that Pakistan Tourist match in 2016 after working his way through the Somerset age groups and graduating from the Somerset Academy. He also scored over 800 runs for the Second XI that year. He played three County Championship matches for the County with a best score of 69 against Yorkshire in 2017. He also featured in one T20 match in 2016.
Looking back over his time at the Club, Tim said: “I’m very sad to be leaving but I have a lot of good memories that I can look back on. I’ve loved every minute of it, and to represent the club that I grew up supporting was a huge honour. I will certainly never forget my time here.”
Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “I would like to thank both Paul and Tim for all of their efforts both on and off the field during their time at Somerset.
“Although their First XI opportunities have been limited, the commitment to the cause of both players has never wavered. Their desire to push themselves to the next level has been unfaltering and they should both be commended for their attitude.
“Both players have played important roles within the dressing room over the last three years and everyone associated with this Club wishes them all the very best for the future.”