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Cricket: Somerset sign Netherlands batsman Tom Cooper for 2015

Somerset have signed batsman Tom Cooper for the 2015 season.

The 28-year-old was born in Australia, but has played at international level for the Netherlands.

The right-hander has played 23 one-day internationals, scoring 976 runs at an average of 48.80, and has 2,697 first-class runs to his name.

“I have always wanted to play county cricket in England and have heard a lot about Somerset so I am looking forward to getting going in April,” he said.

Cooper, whose mother is Dutch, has also played 15 Twenty20 matches for the Netherlands, the most recent against England in Bangladesh last March.

Somerset director of cricket Matt Maynard said: “It is really good news that Tom has joined us for this season.

“He is a highly regarded batsman with a really good track record in all forms of the game and will be a great addition to our squad.”

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Cricket: Craig Kieswetter: Eye injury keeps Somerset keeper out for 2015

Somerset and England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is set to miss the 2015 season after suffering a setback in his recovery from an eye injury.

He broke his nose and damaged his eye socket and cheekbone when a ball went through his helmet grille while batting against Northants in July.

The 27-year-old has since struggled to regain perfect vision.

Somerset have said Kieswetter’s long-term prognosis is unknown but he is “unlikely” to be fit for next year.

The South Africa-born keeper said in a statement: “It is really disappointing but my eye is not 100% and this of course is critical in maintaining the levels of performance that I expect of myself.

“I need to make every effort to resolve the matter and have the best specialist help in that regard.”

Kieswetter, who has played 46 one-day internationals, had been named in England’s 30-man squad for the World Cup, which starts in February.

He recently appeared for Warriors in South Africa’s domestic T20 competition, scoring 199 runs at an average of 22.11 in his 10 outings.

And only last week he was announced as a new signing for Sydney Thunder in Australia’s Big Bash League, but he has since withdrawn.

Kieswetter scored 497 runs in the T20 Blast in 2014 and also contributed 419 runs in Division One of the County Championship prior to suffering his injury at Wantage Road.

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Cricket: Unhappy Compton leaves Somerset

Nick Compton, the former England opener, is to leave Somerset despite having signed a three-year deal with the club in 2013.

He is understood to have become disillusioned with life in the county game and unhappy about living so far from his home in Richmond, London.

While he has yet to sign for another county – he is understood to be taking some time away from the game to reflect on his options – there seems a decent chance he will, in time, re-join Middlesex. He represented the club from 2004 to 2009 and has a strong affinity for their home ground of Lord’s, where a stand is named after his grandfather, Denis Compton.

The move is a considerable blow to Somerset. Compton topped their Championship batting averages in 2013 and has scored 5,140 first-class runs an average of 55.87 since joining the club. He is the third top-order batsman to leave the club – excluding overseas players – in little more than 18 months. Chris Jones and Arul Suppiah both retired in recent times and Marcus Trescothick is, aged 38, in the autumn of his career.

The club have accepted, though, that Compton’s unhappiness is genuine and will neither hold him to his contract or pursue compensation payments. They hope that a move back to London – where Compton’s partner lives – may prove beneficial and understand that he is keen to explore opportunities in the media with a view to his career after his playing days.

After nine Tests in which he registered two centuries, Compton was devastated to be dropped on the verge of the 2013 Ashes and has since seen several younger men – the likes of Sam Robson, Adam Lyth and Alex Lees – overtake him in the race for a Test place. While he has continued to score consistently, the experience has weighed heavily on Compton. Being overlooked for the recent Lions squad seems to be confirmation that England do not see him as part of their future plans.

“I have loved playing for Somerset, but I have decided to re-locate more permanently to my base in south-west London,” Compton said. “I have always set myself the highest of professional standards, and I don’t want to compromise myself or the club, going forward.”‎

“I appreciate Somerset’s understanding of my wish to balance both my personal and professional life. The club will always have a special place in my heart and I owe Brian Rose a huge debt of gratitude for the privileged opportunity he gave me to become a Somerset cricketer, which in turn has enabled me to fulfil a number of cricketing goals.”

“I am sorry to see Nick depart as he is a quality cricketer,” director of cricket, Matt Maynard, said. “But it is fundamentally important that he, or any player for that matter, wants to be here and is able to perform to the best of their ability; sadly this is not something Nick feels able to achieve at this time”.

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Cricket: One-Day Cup: Rudolph ton sees Glamorgan beat Somerset

Jacques Rudolph’s century in the One-Day Cup helped Glamorgan claim a 95-run victory over Somerset at Taunton.

The South African made 111 as Glamorgan posted 289-6 from a reduced 47 overs, with Rudolph sharing a 118-run third-wicket partnership with Murray Goodwin.

Tim Groenewald (1-43) had Rudolph caught on the mid-wicket boundary while Lewis Gregory took an impressive 4-48.

Chasing 303 (D/L), Peter Trego made 45 but Michael Hogan’s 3-19 saw Somerset bowled out for just 207 in 40 overs.

Having won the toss and chosen to field, Somerset had Glamorgan in trouble early on as Gregory had Jim Allenby caught at first slip for a duck off the final ball of his first over, reducing the away side to 2-1.

However, Rudolph steadied the ship and alongside his century stand with Goodwin (62), the 33-year-old shared an 84-run fourth-wicket partnership with Chris Cooke (60).

A short rain delay momentarily had Rudolph stuck on 99 not out but following the resumption of play, which saw the match reduced to 47 overs per side, the left-handed batsman completed his second century of the tournament off 121 balls.

In response, Marcus Trescothick (25) and Nick Compton (9) shared a 40-run first-wicket partnership, the home side’s largest of the match, as Somerset regularly lost wickets.

Graham Wagg, James Harris and Dean Cosker all claimed two scalps each as Glamorgan clinched their third victory of the tournament to move up to fifth place in Group B, with six points with two matches left to play.

Somerset remain in third place on seven points, level with second-placed Durham and fourth-placed Nottinghamshire, with one match remaining.

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