Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Derbyshire pick up Jimmy Neesham for T20

Derby looks set to turn into a satellite of New Zealand this summer, with the news that exciting young Kiwi all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has signed as our T20 specialist.

A side already boasting the not inconsiderable talents of Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom from Otago now adds their team mate Neesham, at 25 a cricketer with a very big future.

His record is already impressive and he boasts both runs and wickets across all formats and at international level, though his progress and place in the team has been slowed in the past twelve months with a stress fracture of the spine, from which he is now recovered.

Crucially for Derbyshire, Neesham has a batting average of 28 in T20, despite batting at six or lower most of the time. He has had two IPL stints and boasts a strike rate of 138 in the format, which suggests he could well be the 'finisher' that we lacked last year.

He has also taken plenty of wickets at around eight runs per over and is a cricketer who is only going to get better, adding brilliance in the field to make him a very dangerous cricketer in the format.

More from me later, when I will look at this in more detail.

I look forward to your thoughts through the coming days, but it is a big thumbs up from me .

Rutherford, Broom and Neesham make up a tasty trio, that's for sure...congratulations and thanks to all that made it happen.

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