Surrey County Cricket Club has signed a contract with New Zealand paceman Kyle Jamieson ahead of the clash against Middlesex in the ongoing T20 Vitality Blast. The match is scheduled for June 25. Jamieson, who has signed his first English domestic cricket contract, will feature in the group stages of the competition.
Kyle Jamieson will also feature in the final two games in the group stage of the LV=Insurance County Championship, against Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl from July 4-7 and against Somerset at The Kia Oval from July 11-14.
The NZ bowling all-rounder has been picked up as the replacement for Australia’s Sean Abbott, who had to pull out of the competition due to his hamstring injury and had to travel back home. It was Abbott’s debut appearance for the club. West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach also flew back to his country for the national assignments.
Jamieson is currently with the Black Caps squad, which is playing the two-match Test series England. The team will then play the inaugural ICC World Test Championship against India.
Jamieson said: “I’m really excited to get the chance to play some county cricket after the BLACKCAPS tour. Originally I didn’t think this opportunity would be possible with the schedule this year, but with how things have unfolded it’s great to be able to join Surrey and experience both T20 and first-class cricket. Playing county cricket is something I’ve always wanted to do in my career, so to have the chance to do so now is awesome. I’ve heard a lot of great things about county cricket, particularly T20 Blast nights at The Kia Oval, and can’t wait to take up the opportunity with Surrey to continue to learn and grow whilst trying my best to contribute to the teams’ success.”
Alec Stewart, Surrey CCC Director of Cricket, said: “Kyle is a top quality cricketer and we very much look forward to him joining us when his commitments with New Zealand have finished.”
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