Kiwi All-Rounder James Neesham was seen doing umpiring duties in a T20 Black Clash match on Saturday. The T20 Black Clash is an annual event in which the top rugby and cricket players compete in a T20 cricket match. The game raises revenue for the welfare budgets of New Zealand Rugby and Cricket Players Associations.
Neesham umpired in the match for the second year in a row. In the last year’s match at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval also, Neesham was the umpire. The game was played at the Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.
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Head coach of Chennai Super Kings, Stephen Fleming was the captain of “Team Cricket”. Some of the cricket stars that participated in the match were Grant Elliott, Nathan McCullum, Hamish Marshall, Adam Parore, Shane Bond, BJ Watling, Kyle Mills, Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram, Anton Devcich, and Brendon McCullum.
Explosive batter Brendon McCullum was a part of ‘Team Rugby’. McCullum is most renowned for his cricketing abilities, but he was also a skilled rugby player when he was younger. Meanwhile in the match, Team Rugby defeated Team Cricket by six wickets.
Team Cricket: 203-5 in 20 overs
Team Rugby: 204-4 in 19.1 overs
Jimmy Neesham set to earn big bucks in IPL auctions
The 31-year-old All-rounder is a T20 specialist. He has represented New Zealand in 38 T20Is and played 12 IPL matches. Neesham will be a popular choice in upcoming mega-auctions due to his abilities in all three departments of the game. He’s a powerful middle-order bat who can pick up crucial wickets with the ball and is also a gun fielder.
The Mega Auction for IPL 2022 will take place on the 12th and 13th of February, with the tournament tentatively set to begin on March 27.