Derbyshire sign all-rounder Neesham

James Neesham

James Neesham missed out on selection by New Zealand for the forthcoming World T20

Derbyshire have signed New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham for this summer’s T20 Blast competition.

The 25-year-old will join compatriots Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom at the County Ground.

Neesham has made 13 T20 appearances for the Kiwis and also played in nine Tests and 19 one-day internationals.

“He’s an exciting talent, with IPL experience, and has the capability to win games with both bat and ball,” said director of cricket Graeme Welch.

“To have three internationals, all of whom are team-mates in New Zealand, available for the entire T20 Blast campaign is massive and will provide us with stability on the field and within the dressing room.”

Teams are normally allowed to play only two overseas players in the T20 Blast, but Broom holds a UK passport.

“The three of us being able to contribute as a unit is a big attraction and should give us a real head start,” said Neesham.

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