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Derbyshire add Neesham to Kiwi contingent

Derbyshire have announced the signing of New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham for the NatWest T20 Blast.

The 25-year-old, who has represented his country in all three formats, will be available throughout the campaign.

He joins fellow Black Caps Hamish Rutherford and Neil Broom at the 3aaa County Ground.

Neesham said: "The opportunity to play the entire NatWest T20 Blast this summer with Derbyshire is fantastic and it'll be great to join up with Hamish and Neil.

"The three of us being able to contribute as a unit is a big attraction and should give us a real head start. Hamish has told me a lot about the club and their ambitions for the NatWest T20 Blast, and I'm looking forward to joining up with the squad later this year."

Neesham has played 13 T20 internationals for New Zealand, scoring 102 runs and taking 11 wickets.

Derbyshire elite performance director Graeme Welch added: "Winning the race to sign James means we can add more quality and experience to our Twenty20 side.

"He's an exciting talent, with IPL experience, and has the capability to win games with both bat and ball.

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

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