Star New Zealand National Cricket Team all-rounder James Neesham, who is a left-handed batter and a right-arm pacer, has parted ways with Wellington Firebirds after a four-year career.
Neesham had joined Wellington Firebirds in the 2018-19 season and he played a pivotal role in the team’s first Ford Trophy victory in the same season. He smashed 503 runs in 12 matches for Wellington Firebirds in the 2018-19 season and his runs came at an amazing average of 62.87. The all-rounder was very effective with his pace bowling as he managed to bag 13 wickets.
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While talking about his stint with Wellington, Neesham said that he enjoyed it a lot and experienced some serious success.
“I’ve absolutely loved playing for Wellington over the last four years. I’m so proud to have been part of this team and am thankful to the group for welcoming me and seeing the vision we’ve wanted to create,” Neesham was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“We’ve had some serious fun and experienced some serious success, and I know that the most successful era of Wellington cricket isn’t over yet, so I wish the team all the best for the future,” he added.
Neesham now doesn’t have a national as well domestic contract as he was was earlier excluded from New Zealand’s central contract list for the 2022-23 season. Currently, he has Indian Premier League and T20 Vitality Blast contracts.
James Neesham has been an integral part of the Wellington Firebirds – Cam Mitchell
Cricket Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell said that the Kiwi all-rounder Neesham was an integral part of the team for several years and labelled him as one of the most talented all-rounders.
“Jimmy has been an integral part of the Wellington Firebirds side that has experienced much success over the last four seasons,” Cricket Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell said.
“We’ve been so pleased to see Jimmy rediscover his love for the game since coming to Wellington and he has gone on to show that he is one of the most talented all-rounders in the game of cricket,” he added.
James Neesham also played a key role in guiding Wellington to four domestic championships across three competitions. Wellington won Ford Trophy in 2018-19, Plunket Shield in 2019, and back-to-back Super Smash titles in 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
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