A new two-year contract extension with Glamorgan has been signed by Australian seamer Michael Neser, who will now remain with the club until at least the end of the 2023 season. Neser will join fellow countryman Marnus Labuschagne as the club’s overseas players for the coming season.
Neser’s team-mate, Labuschagne, has one year left on his present contract.
Neser, on the other hand, has been a revelation since entering the Welsh county this year, following the cancellation of his intended stay at Surrey in 2020 because of the Covid-19 outbreak in the United Kingdom.
Neser has taken 19 wickets at an average of 14.89 in just four LV= Insurance County Championship matches. His match stats of 7 for 99, which included 4 for 53 in Lancashire’s second innings, were crucial in Glamorgan’s six-wicket victory over Lancashire in Cardiff earlier this month.
A five-wicket haul in the tie with Yorkshire in May was another highlight for him.
Neser has 222 career first-class wickets at an average of 24.76 and has scored 2,010 runs at an average of 25.12 throughout his first-class career.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in Wales this season, and committing my future to the club was a no-brainer,” Neser said.
Marnus mentioned when I was initially approached by Glamorgan about coming that it was a beautiful location to live with kind people, and that’s exactly how I’ve found it. “As a team, we’ve played some very good cricket this season and there’s lots of young talent, which bodes well for the future.”
Gladiator Mark Wallace called the signing “great news for the club.” Glamorgan, who are now fourth in Group Three of the Championship, said it was “hopeful that I can bring my expertise to the table and continue to contribute to more victories so that we can push for silverware.”
“He is a world-class cricketer and a fantastic role model for our younger players, who can only improve as long as he is in the dressing room,” Wallace said of the former Australia captain.
“With his and Marnus’ re-signings over the previous year, it demonstrates that we are not just a very hospitable club, but also a very ambitious one capable of attracting good players,” said the manager.