Luke Ronchi is returning to Somerset as their overseas player for county’s last four LV=County Championship matches of the 2015 season.
The 34 year old wicket keeper batsman played in five NatWest T20 Blast matches for Somerset earlier this summer and made an impression both on and off the field.
“I’m really thrilled to be given the opportunity to return to Somerset where I enjoyed my stay earlier this year,” Ronchi said. “I have always wanted to play championship cricket in England and I look forward to being making putting in some good performances for Somerset over the rest of this season.”
Born in New Zealand but raised mostly in Australia, he has represented both countries at International level.
In 2006-07 he made the fastest century in Australian domestic one-day history as he reached three figures from just 56 balls against New South Wales. Ronchi also scored a 51 ball century in the 2007-08 Pura Cup against Queensland, with the second fifty coming from just 11 deliveries. He has an impressive first class record and in the 84 games he has appeared in he has scored 4615 runs at an average of 38.78, including 13 centuries and claimed 300 catches and 13 stumpings. He made his Test debut against England in May this year scoring 88 in the first innings.
“Luke is a quality player and fitted into the dressing room well when he was here before so we are delighted to be able to welcome him back for the last part of our championship season,” said Matt Maynard, Somerset’s head coach. “He is a fighter and the type of character we need in these last four matches.”
The New Zealander will make his LV=County Championship debut for Somerset in the match against Yorkshire at Headingley that starts on September 1st.