DURHAM batsman Keegan Petersen has departed the club early due to family reasons.

Petersen was due to feature in seven County Championship games as their overseas signing but before leaving to join up with South Africa for their test series against England. However, after six appearances for Durham, has had to leave early due to personal reasons.

Marcus North, Director of Cricket, said: “Our thoughts are with Keegan and his family and we fully support his decision to return back to South Africa. 

“We wish him all the best for the future and thank KP for his contributions in a Durham shirt this season.”