Grantham sign Zimbabwean Test spinner - 13/01/19


Grantham have signed former Zimbabwean international John Nyumbu for their 2019 Lincolnshire League campaign.

Nyumbu (33) was, up until his final Test in August 2016, Zimbabwe’s front-line off-spinner who shared his nations spin duties with former skipper Graeme Cremer.

He earned his selection following ten years on the domestic circuit, shouldering the responsibility as Matabeleland Tuskers’ go to tweaker. However, over the past 12 months, national selectors have favoured Sikander Raza and Sean Williams as spin support for Cremer.

However, he returned to the National side for 2 T20 internationals against Pakistan and Australia, respectively, in July 2018, following an outstanding domestic season in both first-class (21 wickets at 24.42) and List A (11 wickets at 18.45) competitions.

Nyumbu made a headline-grabbing Test debut against South Africa in Harare in August 2014, taking 5 wickets (5-157) to become only the second Zimbabwe bowler to take a five-for on Test debut.

He played his first ODI later that month, also against South Africa, but his patchy form - 11 wickets from 10 matches at 37.63 - led to him being cut from the side after the fifth ODI against Bangladesh, a series where Zimbabwe were whitewashed 5-0.

Nyumbu, though, continued to produce solid numbers in domestic cricket, helping his team to the final of the Pro50 Championship.

 The established off-spinner, who boasts an impressive record in Zimbabwe’s Logan Cup, is set to embark on his maiden UK league stint in 2019 having recently signed with Lincolnshire County Board Premier League club Grantham. 


Check out John's CricX profile here


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