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Welsh Fire's Lungi Ngidi, Liam Plunkett ruled out of rest of the Hundred

Welsh Fire extend Jimmy Neesham's contract in their absence

Matt Roller
Matt Roller
Jimmy Neesham's contract has been extended to cover the rest of the tournament  •  Getty Images

Jimmy Neesham's contract has been extended to cover the rest of the tournament  •  Getty Images

Lungi Ngidi and Liam Plunkett have been ruled out of the rest of the Hundred through personal reasons and injury respectively, with Welsh Fire extending Jimmy Neesham's contract to cover the rest of the tournament in their absence.
Ngidi, who joined up with the squad ahead of their win against Southern Brave in Cardiff last week following South Africa's tours of the Caribbean and Ireland, was due to replace Neesham ahead of Monday night's fixture against Oval Invincibles, but will now return home instead. Neesham was due to play for Essex for the remainder of the Royal London Cup, but has agreed an extension and is available for the Invincibles fixture.
Plunkett played in the Fire's opening game against Northern Superchargers at Headingley - his first professional appearance since the T20 Blast final in October 2020 - and conceded 42 runs from his 15 balls, and has since been ruled out with another injury. The Fire confirmed in a statement that he would play no further part in the Hundred.
The Fire have also recruited two domestic players as replacements. Matt Milnes, the Kent seamer, has replaced Plunkett, while Northamptonshire's left-arm spinner Graeme White has been brought in with Jonny Bairstow on England Test duty as the Fire look to re-balance their squad.
Both players are available for the fixture against the Invincibles. The Fire won their first two games of the competition, beating the Superchargers and the Brave, but were beaten in their first game without Bairstow, at home to Manchester Originals on Saturday.

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98