Roelof van der Merwe has signed a contract extension with Somerset and will remain at the County Ground until at least the end of the 2019 season.

This follows the news that Timm van der Gugten had signed a extended two-year deal with Glamorgan, and augurs well for the Dutch attack, giving both confidence heading into this week's World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe.

Roelof told the Somerset County Cricket website: “I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at Somerset and I’m really looking forward to the next two years. This is a great place to play your cricket and I genuinely feel that we could be on the brink of something special.

“The Members and fans here are great and hopefully we can really give them something to cheer about in the next few years.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “During his time with the Club Roelof has made a number of significant contributions with the bat, the ball and with his dynamic fielding. He relishes being in the battle and he has the ability to change the momentum of a game.

“He is an important player and character in our environment and it’s great news that he has pledged his immediate future to the Club.”