James Neesham ruled out for SA20 2024

James Neesham

New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham has been ruled out for the remainder of SA20 2024. Neesham signed with the Pretoria Capitals and the franchise reported about the same and posted on its official handle ‘X’.

James Neesham suffered an injury during the previous match against Sunrisers Eastern Cape and has now been ruled out for the rest of the tournament. Pretoria Capitals have announced Jacques Snyman as a replacement for James Neesham.

Neesham played an important innings of 27 runs and was the team’s top scorer against Sunrisers Eastern Cape. Neesham scored 52 runs for Shane Dadswell and helped the team register 125 runs on the board. Subsequently, Pretoria Capitals were able to win the match by 3 runs.

Pretoria Capitals stated that James Neesham has been ruled out for the remainder of SA20 2024 due to the injury he suffered during the match against Sunrisers Eastern Cape on Thursday. The Capitals also wished Neesham a speedy recovery.

James Neesham ruled out for SA20, PC confirms

The tweet said, UPDATE. Jimmy Neesham has been ruled out for the recall #SA20 due to an injury suffered against Eastern Cape on Thursday. The Pretoria Capitals family wishes him a speedy recovery. Sterkte, Jimmy!

SA20 2024 has not been as good for James Neesham as he would have liked. The latter has scored 80 runs so far in 6 matches at an average of 13.33. His highest score has been 27 runs, while his strike rate is 103.89. James Neesham has also picked 4 wickets with the ball in 6 games with an economy rate of 9.45 and an average of 16.50.

Batting first against Sunrisers Eastern Cape, Pretoria Capitals did not get off to a pleasant start as they lost opener Will Jacks to Eastern Cape bowler Marco Jansen by a duck. Phil Salt couldn’t do much either and departed after scoring 20 runs off 9 balls and became Marco Jansen’s second victim. Kyle Verreynne was bowled by Daniel Worrall for 9 runs while Rilee Rossouw also returned after scoring 13 runs off 12 balls.

Colin Ingram didn’t do much either and returned after scoring 4 runs off 6 balls. Shane Dadswell and J James Neesham added the necessary runs for the sixth wicket and played a big role in helping the team achieve a fighting total in the first innings. Dadswell was dismissed for 24 runs by Liam Dawson, while James Neesham was dismissed by Aiden Markram.

Captain Wayne Parnell scored 13 runs off 14 balls while none of the lower order batsmen could add many runs. In the end, Pretoria Capitals’ innings ended before 20 overs.

Marco Jansen and Daniel Worrall picked up 3 and 2 wickets each for Sunrisers Eastern Cape, while Liam Dawson and Aiden Markram picked up 1 wicket each.

Chasing the target, Sunrisers Eastern Cape were reduced to 32/4 when Pretoria Capitals bowlers Eathan Bosch, Daryn Dupavillon and Adil Rashid broke the Aiden Markram-led team’s top order. Openers Adam Rossington and Dawid Malan were dismissed for 4 and 6 respectively, while Jordan Hermann and Markram fell for 8 and 3 runs.

Tristan Stubbs (35) and Patrick Kruger (22) added the necessary runs for the fifth wicket and created a 40-run stand off 35 balls. However, Pretoria Capitals continued to attack with the ball and after the departure of both batsmen, the lower order failed to add more runs. In the end, Sunrisers Eastern Cape finished their innings at 122/9 and lost the match by 3 runs.

Adil Rashid and Wayne Parnell picked up 3 wickets each with the ball, while Daryn Dupavillon and Eathan Bosch picked up 2 and 1 wicket each.