Peterson wants Warriors exit

2009-04-07 17:13

Johannesburg - The Warriors were dealt a severe blow on Tuesday when it was announced that all-rounder Robin Peterson would be relocating to Cape Town and the Cape Cobras.

Peterson, who made his debut for Eastern Province in the 1998-1999 season, requested a transfer to Cape Town in order to help his partner Bridget Pouchet pursue her career as film make-up artist.

The 29-year-old, who has played 46 international matches for the Proteas, was successful with a request made to Cricket Eastern Cape's board of directors to be released from his Warriors contract a year early.

Peterson met Pouchet, a West Indian, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago during the Cricket World Cup in 2007 and the couple have a young child, Hannah.

Peterson said the decision to leave Port Elizabeth was not an easy one to make.

"I loved playing my cricket in the Eastern Cape and I'm going to miss representing the Warriors especially after the good run we had in the Standard Bank Pro20. But I had to consider Bridget's career and her career opportunities lie in either Cape Town or Johannesburg," said Peterson.

"Playing in Cape Town is going to be good but 'm going to miss the fans at St George's who have supported me over the years and the best in the country," he added.

Warriors chief executive Dave Emslie said although it was a sad loss for cricket in this region, his board felt they could not stand in his way.

"Opportunities for this specialised field do not exist in Port Elizabeth and the couple feel she would be able to successfully continue her career in Cape Town," said Emslie.

"We live in a professional environment and the movement of players is an inevitability. Robin has been with Eastern Province and the Warriors for many years and we understand that at some point in time domestic responsibilities dictate. We wish Robin all the best and thank him for his hard work, dedication and commitment to the Chevrolet Warriors" added Emslie.

Coach Russell Domingo said: "Robin has been an outstanding servant of cricket in the region and I wish him all the best in his international and domestic career".