SOMERSET County Cricket Club have strengthened their line up for this year’s Vitality Blast which starts on Friday, May 31, by signing Aussie fast bowler Riley Meredith.

The Cidermen are the current holders of the Vitality Blast Trophy, having won it when they beat Essex at Edgbaston last July, who coincidentally provide the opposition for this summer’s competition opener

The Australian international and Tasmanian fast bowler will join the club ahead of the opening Vitality Blast fixture and will be available until at least the quarter final stage of the competition. 

He will also be available for selection during the Metro Bank One Day Cup group stages plus a managed number of Vitality County Championship matches during that period.

The 27-year-old has featured in five IT20s for his country, taking eight wickets at an average of 23.50 and has also represented Australia in ODI cricket.

In total, Riley has played 91 T20 matches and taken 114 wickets at an average of 25.42 with a best of four for 21. The Tasmanian has a good deal of global white-ball cricket experience, having represented Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings in the IPL, and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash.