James Neesham

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James Neesham
Personal information
Full name James Douglas Sheahan Neesham
Born (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 28)
Auckland, New Zealand
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 264) 14 February 2014 v India
ODI debut (cap 178) 19 January 2013 v South Africa
ODI shirt no. 83
T20I debut (cap 59) 21 December 2012 v South Africa
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009/10–2010/11 Auckland
2011/12–2017/18 Otago
2014 Delhi Daredevils
2014 Guyana Amazon Warriors
2016 Derbyshire
2017 Kent
2018/19– Wellington
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 12 41 58 93
Runs scored 709 811 2,954 2,266
Batting average 33.76 27.03 32.82 33.82
100s/50s 2/4 0/4 5/14 2/14
Top score 137* 74 147 120*
Balls bowled 1,076 1,190 6,178 2,905
Wickets 14 34 105 96
Bowling average 48.21 38.02 33.97 30.33
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 3/42 4/42 5/65 5/44
Catches/stumpings 12/– 17/– 61/– 42/–
Source: Cricinfo, 1 December 2018

James Douglas Sheahan Neesham (born 17 September 1990), known as Jimmy Neesham, is a New Zealand international cricketer, who plays all formats of the game. He was born in Auckland and plays first-class cricket for the Otago cricket team.

Domestic career

Neesham began his first-class career with Auckland, but a move Otago Volts worked well for him, as he made some important contributions in the 50-over format in the 2011/12 season, making three 40-plus scores in seven innings, all of them coming at more than a run a ball.

He was among the wickets too, taking a career-best 5 for 44 against Wellington and 4 for 23 against Canterbury. The rewards came soon, as he was included in the limited-overs squads for the tour to South Africa.

Neesham was picked by IPL Franchise Delhi Daredevils For IPL 7. The next year, he was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 8 but could not even play a single match for them due to injury and was dropped from the squad the very next season.

Neesham played for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2014 Caribbean Premier League,[1] and for Derbyshire in the English 2016 NatWest t20 Blast.[2] In June 2017 he signed to play for Kent in the 2017 NatWest t20 Blast, making his debut in Kent's opening match of the tournament in July.[3][4]

In June 2018, he was awarded a contract with Wellington for the 2018–19 season.[5]

International career

Neesham made his test debut against India and scored 137*. This was the highest score by a number 8 batsman or lower on debut. On 9 June 2014 he made a century in his second test against the West Indies, becoming the first New Zealander to score centuries in his first two matches.[6]

He made his maiden test century in that game scoring an unbeaten 137, the highest debut hundred by a Test number 8 batsman.[7]

On 9 June 2014, Neesham became the first New Zealander and overall 8th batsman to score centuries in his first two test matches by scoring 107 against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston.

Neesham along with Matt Henry holds the highest 9th wicket partnership for New Zealand in ODIs(84)[8]


  1. ^ "New Zealander James Neesham joins Guyana Amazon Warriors". Guyana Times. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  2. ^ "James Neesham: Derbyshire sign New Zealand all-rounder for T20 Blast". BBC Sport. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  3. ^ Jimmy Neesham: New Zealand all-rounder joins Kent for T20 Blast, BBC Sport, 26 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ Panting M (2017) Jimmy Neesham shows what he can do with three wickets on Kent Spitfires debut, Kent Online, 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Central Districts drop Jesse Ryder from contracts list". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  6. ^ New Zealand 7 for 508 (dec), West Indies 0 for 19 at stumps on day two of first Test in Jamaica, after century by Jimmy Neesham
  7. ^ "Brendon McCullum hits 302 as New Zealand draw with India". BBC Sport. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | / | New Zealand | One-Day Internationals | Highest partnerships by wicket | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 September 2017.

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