Somerset sign Neil Wagner

New Zealand International, Neil Wagner has signed for Somerset as an overseas player for the final three LV= Insurance County Championship matches of the season.

The left-arm seamer will arrive at the Cooper Associates County Ground in time to be in contention for Somerset’s trip to Hampshire on September 3rd.

The 37-year-old has featured in 63 Tests for his country, claiming 258 wickets at an average of 27.50 with a best of seven for 39. During his career he has featured in a total of 199 First Class matches in which he has taken 807 wickets at an average of 27.09. He has taken five or more wickets in a First Class innings on 36 occasions and 10 wickets or more in a First Class match twice.

After signing for the Club, Neil said: “I’m looking forward to joining up with Somerset and hopefully I can help them finish the season strongly. I’ve played English County Cricket before and it’s something that I really enjoy.

“Division One is very competitive again this year and there are no easy games, but I’ll be doing everything that I can to make sure that Somerset finish as close to the top of the table as possible.”

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry added: “We have been working extremely hard to secure the services of a quality international bowler for the last three red-ball fixtures of the season. Neil is a proven performer at the very highest level and has vast experience as well as a thorough understanding of Championship cricket.

“He is a real competitor, and alongside our other highly rated bowlers, we believe we have the capability to consistently take 20 wickets as we enter the final phase of the Championship season.”