Ronchi signs up with Bears for T20 Blast

The Birmingham Bears have confirmed the signing of New Zealand wicketkeeper for the T20 Blast competition, making him the second Kiwi player at Edgbaston this season.

The 34-year-old Ronchi, who played for the Black Caps at the recent World T20, will join compatriot Jeetan Patel at the Bears for their T20 assault.

A powerful hitter in the middle-order, Ronchi has played 29 T20Is while he has also represented the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League, in Australia, and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

Ronchi said: "Birmingham Bears have been one of the top teams in T20 over the last two years and I'm very excited to join such a great club that boasts several internationals."

Director of cricket Dougie Brown said:"Luke has played in the biggest limited overs competitions in the world and he is widely recognised as one of the finest wicketkeeper-batsmen in the game.

"His power and ability to consistently hit boundaries will bolster our middle-order batting line-up and I am sure that his performances will also be great entertainment for our fans at Edgbaston."