Neesham Signs For 2021 Vitality Blast Campaign


Essex County Cricket Club are thrilled to announce that New Zealand all-rounder, Jimmy Neesham, has signed for the upcoming Vitality Blast campaign.

The 30-year-old will join up with the Eagles after his commitments with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and will initially be available for the group stages of the Vitality Blast.

Neesham is a regular in New Zealand’s ODI and T20 sides and has represented franchises all around the world, most notably Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, as well as Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League.

The all-rounder also played for Derbyshire Falcons and Kent Spitfires in their 2016 and 2017 NatWest T20 Blast campaigns. During his two stints in England, he scored 402 runs at an average of 26.80, whilst also picking up 29 wickets at an average of 29.10.

Essex Head Coach Anthony McGrath is elated to add Neesham to his squad and said: “We sat down at the end of last season and concluded that we needed to add another all-rounder to the T20 squad, and with all of his talent and experience, Jimmy fits the bill perfectly.

“He’s excelled with both the bat and the ball on the biggest of stages for his country, as well as in the global franchise competitions and it’s a great match for both the player and the Club.”

Neesham is equally pleased to be heading to The Cloudfm County Ground and added: “I am really looking forward to joining up with Essex Eagles for this year’s Vitality Blast.

“I’m excited about linking up with Ryan ten Doeschate again, having played with him for a few seasons when he was with Otago, and hopefully we can replicate the success of 2019.”

Essex’s Overseas signings are in partnership with Seven Investment Management.