Jimmy Neesham signs up for Vitality Blast stint with Northants

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Jimmy Neesham

Black Caps allrounder Jimmy Neesham will join the Northamptonshire Steelbacks for the 2022 Vitality Blast.

A stalwart of the New Zealand side since his T20 debut in 2012, Neesham has now made close to 200 appearances in the abbreviated format.

Neesham has enjoyed previous stints in County Cricket with Derbyshire and Kent, so this won’t be his first rodeo.

“I’m excited to get going with Northamptonshire in 2022.” Neesham said in a statement on the Northants CCC website.

“The club has a fantastic history in the Blast and I hope that we can recreate those successes from 2013 and 2016.”

Neesham has 2,360 runs and 158 wickets to his name in T20 cricket, boasting an impressive strike rate of 136 with the bat.

Steelbacks Skipper Josh Cobb has had first-hand experience of what the experienced Neesham offers.

“Having spent time with him at the Welsh Fire in The Hundred last year I know what he can bring to us.” Cobb said.

“He’s a three dimensional cricketer with genuine power and a high strike rate in the middle order, but it was his character that stood out to me. He’s someone who wants to win and is very selfless, he’s a real team first kind of player.

“I’m looking forward to having him here as a leader, to pass on his experience and help drive us to be better.”

Subject to international clearance, Neesham will join the Steelbacks for the duration of the 2022 Vitality Blast and will also be available for selection for Northamptonshire in the LV= Insurance County Championship fixture in June.

“The opportunity to possibly play some First Class cricket for the county in Division One is also an exciting challenge.” Neesham said.

“I look forward to linking up with everyone at Wantage Road soon.”

Neesham’s last First Class match was in the County Championship last July in the fixture between Derbyshire and Essex.

The 31-year-old is currently turning out for Wellington in New Zealand’s ongoing Super Smash.

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