Jimmy Neesham is set to make his Derbyshire debut after he was named as part of a 13-man squad for the NatWest T20 Blast opener at Lancashire Lightning on Saturday; 2.30pm start.
New Zealand international Neesham, who joins up with Otago teammates Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom, arrived in Derby earlier this week ahead of his spell with the Falcons.
Neesham was part of a strong Second XI side who beat Unicorns in two Twenty20 fixtures on Friday. The 25-year-old hit 65 off 41 balls, while Alex Hughes scored 54, Hamish Rutherford 35 and Captain Wes Durston struck 32.
Neesham said: “It’s all about the game on Saturday. I’m looking forward to taking on Lancashire with another of the Otago boys [Neil Wagner] on board for them as well so that should be interesting.
“I spoke to Neil and Hamish about the lads here and they said it was a great set-up. Graeme being a renowned bowling coach was also definitely one of the factors that made me decide to come here.
“It looks like I’ll be bowling in the middle and at the death and batting in the top six so it’s a pretty significant workload but one I’m used to in short-form cricket. Hopefully I can make a good contribution and we can make a good start on Saturday.”
3. Wes Durston (Captain)
72. Hamish Rutherford
3. Neil Broom
77. Wayne Madsen
5. Jimmy Neesham
22. Chesney Hughes
10. Scott Elstone
18. Alex Hughes
57. Shiv Thakor
20. Matt Critchley
23. Tom Poynton
36. Ben Cotton
7. Andy Carter
Reigning NatWest T20 Blast champions, Lancashire Lightning, will be attempting to become the first side to successfully retain the Twenty20 crown.
They will boast an experienced line-up which includes another Otago star, Neil Wagner, but former Derbyshire man Martin Guptill will not be available due to his commitments with Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
England wicketkeeper, Jos Buttler, will also be unavailable as he continues his spell in the IPL, also with Mumbai Indians.
Lightning Batsman, Karl Brown said: “Martin and Jos are great players. But as a team we’ve been brilliant over the last few years, and that’s what we live by – the team side of it comes first.
“Individual players of Jos’ standard are brilliant, but it’s always down to what the team does. It’s always great to have those sort of players available, don’t get me wrong, but we treat it as a bonus.
“We believe that there are lads in our second team who can come in and do really well as well.”
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