County news March 10, 2017

De Grandhomme signs for Birmingham Bears

ESPNcricinfo staff

Colin de Grandhomme has made his mark as a T20 batsman © Getty Images

Colin de Grandhomme, the New Zealand allrounder, has signed for Birmingham Bears for this year's NatWest T20 Blast.

De Grandhomme, 30, made an impressive Test debut against Pakistan in November, claiming 6 for 41 in the first innings to pave the way for an eight-wicket victory. However, it is as a T20 batsman that he has built his reputation, in which format he boasts a strike-rate of 171.04 from exactly 100 matches.

He recently forced his way back into New Zealand's team in all three formats following an impressive domestic season with Auckland Aces, which included 139 runs in four Super Smash T20 games at a strike rate of 220.63.

"Colin is a perfect addition to the team for our 2017 campaign, adding the batting firepower that we desire in our middle order, whilst adding depth to our bowling attack as an experienced seamer bowler," said Ashley Giles, Warwickshire's director of cricket.

"His batting strike-rate is unparalleled in the professional game. He has been in the best form of his career this winter and his power and ability to clear the boundary makes him on of the most exciting batsmen in the game.

"I have spoken previously about needing to recruit cricketers who are not only talented, but are hungry for success, can play the entire campaign and have the right character to become a Bear. We certainly get this with Colin and look forward to seeing him join up with the squad in July."

De Grandhomme will be joined in the Bears squad by his fellow New Zealander, Jeetan Patel, who is currently playing against South Africa at Dunedin.

"As a New Zealand cricketer, I am really excited by the opportunity to play to become a Bear," said de Grandhomme. "I look forward to meeting Ashley, the team, staff and its Members in July and working together to achieve our goal of a home Finals Day at Edgbaston."

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  • min70 on March 13, 2017, 1:47 GMT

    At FC level he's a genuine match winner

  • cricfan30019954 on March 12, 2017, 12:32 GMT

    Can you fit his name on a shirt ?

  • mooreic on March 11, 2017, 15:54 GMT

    Best name for a player that we've signed since R LeQ Savage.

    Should be a good acquisition.

  •   cricfan4267142646 on March 11, 2017, 12:28 GMT

    Seems a good signing and I hope 'WARWICKSHIRE Bears' march on

  • Cricinfouser on March 11, 2017, 8:29 GMT

    Re cricfan74822000: I really hope so but doubt it due to the club owing Birmingham council so much money for ground redevelopment (name change was part of deal apparently) Being a Warwickshire man, the celebrations weren't the same when the club won the 2014 T20 blast as other trophies won. On the subject of De Grandhomme, he looks an underrated and shrewd signing

  • cricfan4668340314 on March 11, 2017, 8:03 GMT

    Grand home can play for Zimbabwe . that can make Zimbabwe more strong team.

  • cricfan74822000 on March 11, 2017, 6:22 GMT

    Are Warwickshire ever going to remove that horrendous name which was disliked so widely by fans, restricting the counties' Twenty20 side to a single city many do not live in, and many do not support?

  • Qdzy on March 10, 2017, 18:02 GMT

    Former Zimbabwean, Colin de Grandhomme is a product of Zimbabwe cricket

  • Cyrus_The_Virus on March 10, 2017, 16:19 GMT

    Good to see De Grandmother signed by various T20 franchises. He is a perfect T20 player.

  • cricfan4668340314 on March 10, 2017, 16:09 GMT

    Grandhome is good t20 player. Power hitter down the batting order.

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