NATHAN McCullum will be hoping to replicate his brother’s headline-grabbing performances for Glamorgan after signing for the Welsh county for their forthcoming T20 campaign.
The Kiwi all-rounder has been drafted in to replace Aussie pace bowler Dirk Nannes, whose arrival at the Swalec Stadium was scuppered by a back injury.
McCullum was in action in Cardiff yesterday — for New Zealand against England in a rain-affected Champions Trophy match.
And he follows in the footsteps of younger brother Brendon — the Black Caps skipper — who enjoyed a spell with Glamorgan in 2006.
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During his time at the county the hard-hitting wicket-keeper smashed an 18-ball half century in one T20 contest at the Swalec Stadium.
And while Nathan may not offer the same pyrotechnics as his brother, he is a shrewd acquisition for Matthew Mott’s men.
The 32-year-old is an experienced off-spinner and provides valuable lower-order runs, as he showed in a man-of-the-match performance for New Zealand in their thrilling Champions Trophy win over Sri Lanka last week.
“I’m looking forward to joining up with the Glamorgan squad at the end of this month,” said McCullum, who has played nearly a century of T20 matches for his country.
“I’ve spent a bit of time in Cardiff over the past few weeks and have enjoyed playing at the Swalec Stadium.
“Spin bowling plays an important role in T20 cricket and I hope to be able to help the team progress to the knock-out stages.” McCullum will be the Dragons’ second overseas player for the tournament, joining Aussie batsman Marcus North.
Glamorgan’s head of elite performance Mott said: “We are delighted to have secured Nathan’s services for this year’s Friends Life t20 competition.
“He is an experienced T20 cricketer and we believe he will be a valuable addition to our squad.”
Meanwhile, Glamorgan’s hopes of a second LV= County Championship victory of the season were frustrated once again as their clash with Kent at Canterbury petered out into a draw.
The Welsh county had gone into the final day with expectations high, with Kent struggling on 254-4, a lead of only 11 having been asked to follow on.
But a partnership of 163 for the fifth wicket between Ben Harmison (64) and Darren Stevens (119) took the game away from Glamorgan with Kent eventually declaring on 489-9 to bring proceedings to a close. Left-arm spinner Dean Cosker finished with figures of 5-120.
The draw, Glamorgan’s fourth of the season, keeps Mark Wallace’s side in seventh place in the second division table, although they do have a game in hand over all but one of the sides above them.
Glamorgan are next in action on Wednesday when they take on Leicestershire Foxes in a YB40 tie at Grace Road.