The 21-year old scored 965 runs for Boland in the 2013/2014-season, including four centuries, and was named as Cricket South Africa’s Provincial Three-Day Cricketer of the Year for 2014.
In the 2014/2015-season, he initially struggled a tad. “Bowlers have learned from the past and knew where to bowl to me. They made it difficult for me,” he said.
This is something many cricketers experience following a prolific season. The honeymoon is over, as bowlers improve their lines and don’t feed a batsman’s strengths. They also exchange ideas with other bowlers as to where to probe successfully for weaknesses.
Petersen said he turned the corner after scoring 142 for Boland against North West in Potchefstroom.
“The Cobras have been brilliant and have gone out of their way to make me feel at home,” he said.
Petersen said one of his strengths is to occupy the crease so that the rest of the order can bat around him.
He showed it when he smashed a career-best unbeaten 225 in the 2013/2014-season.
“I want to use this opportunity to make it count,” he says about his opportunity to represent the Cobras.
Petersen said he has batted at number three for a long period. Not only has be represented New Orleans in that position, but also the Boland Under.19-team, Maties and Boland.
He struck five successive centuries for Maties at club-level in the 2013/2014-season.
“I am not a big guy who muscles it out of the ground. I rely on touch and timing to pierce the gaps and then stay in,” he said about his approach to the game.