James Neesham bids farewell to Wellington Firebirds after four-year career

I'm so proud to have been part of this team, asserted James Neesham.

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Star New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham has decided to leave his domestic team Wellington Firebirds. He is also not part of a New Zealand cricket team after being left out of the central contract list for the 2022-23 season. Neesham is currently contracted with Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals and English T20 Blast team Northamptonshire.

The 31-year-old all-rounder joined Wellington in 2018-19 and enjoyed a big success by winning four domestic trophies with them. Wellington won the Ford Trophy 2018-19 with Nessham scoring 503 runs in 12 matches with an average of 62.87 and also took 13 wickets. Then next year they won both Plunket Shield and Super Smash trophies. Wellington won the Super Smash in the 2020-21 season as well and were knocked out from the Eliminator round last season.

I’m so proud to have been part of this team: James Neesham

Neesham got a big boost to his international cricket for his consistently good performances with Wellington. He was a part of the 2019 ODI World Cup and 2021 T20 World Cup, where New Zealand reached the finals. The right-arm pacer has thanked Wellington and wished them to be more successful in the coming years.

“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. 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,” Neesham said.
Wellington Firebirds CEO Cam Mitchell thanked the player for his contribution to the team’s recent success. He also described Neesham as one of the best all-rounders in the game of cricket.
“Jimmy has been an integral part of the Wellington Firebirds side that has experienced much success over the last four seasons. 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,” Wellington CEO Cam Mitchell said. Neesham is currently playing in Vitality Blast 2022 with Northamptonshire and is in excellent form.

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