New Zealand allrounder to arrive for group stage after completion of IPL

Jimmy Neesham, the New Zealand allrounder, is to join Essex for this summer’s Vitality Blast. The 30-year-old will arrive in England following on from the IPL and is set to be available throughout the group stage.

Neesham’s previous involvement on English soil came during the dramatic Super Over finish to the 2019 World Cup final. He has also had stints in county cricket with Kent and Derbyshire.

His arrival will strengthen Essex’s T20 options after the departure of Ravi Bopara to Sussex last year. Blast champions in 2019, their defence ended tamely as Essex finished second from bottom in the South Group, with two wins from 10 games.

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