Kiwi Nee­sham adds all-round power

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

Jimmy Nee­sham hopes his stint with Kent in the NatWest T20 Blast will help make the Spit­fires a bet­ter team, writes Alex Hoad.

The New Zealand all-rounder – who de­scribes him­self as mer­cu­rial – says he hopes to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on Kent’s South Group cam­paign after agree­ing to join in­ter­na­tional team-mate Adam Milne as the Spit­fires’ two over­seas play­ers this sum­mer.

Nee­sham has played 12 Tests, 41 ODIs and 15 T20Is for the Black Caps and en­joyed a suc­cess­ful spell at Der­byshire last sum­mer. He hopes his time with Kent will see him leave a last­ing legacy.

He said: “It’s al­ways a bit eas­ier com­ing back to a tour­na­ment for the se­cond time. You know what to ex­pect and there’s not too many sur­prises com­ing round the cor­ner. “At Der­byshire we made strides on where the team had been in pre­vi­ous sea­sons and that’s some­thing you can take pride in as an over­seas player – hav­ing im­proved the team a touch. I’ll be look­ing to do the same thing here at Kent.”

Nee­sham (pic­tured) said: “I was over here for the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy and was keen to stay on and play some more cricket.

“Mil­ney told me he was com­ing here and Tom Latham talked about last year and how he en­joyed it so I was more than happy to sign.”

Nee­sham has nearly 1,000 white­ball runs and 45 wick­ets and has also played for two sides in the In­dian Premier League and Guyana in the Caribbean equiv­a­lent.

He said: “One of the things about be­ing an all-rounder in the short­est form of the game is that you have that goal of con­tribut­ing in all three facets of the game in ev­ery game – although that’s wish­ful think­ing most of the time.

“The T20 com­pe­ti­tion in Eng­land is a more bou­tique ver­sion of the game com­pared to places like the IPL and CPL where you’ll see 45,000 people at a game but there’s no short­age of im­por­tance on it, whether you’re play­ing in front of 50 people or 50,000.”

He added: “We’ve got a pretty strong squad one to 11 look­ing at the guys on pa­per so if we can all make in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions and win one or two games in­di­vid­u­ally, as a team that will set us up well to reach the quar­ter-fi­nals.

“Hope­fully, I’ll get the jet­lag out of my sys­tem and have the chance to have a cou­ple of bowls out in the mid­dle and be rar­ing to go for the first game.” KENT’S NEXT FIVE GAMES T20 July 9 Es­sex (Beck­en­ham) .......... T20 July 18 Gloucs (Can­ter­bury).........

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