26 Jun 2021

World Test Champions go head-to-head

9:51 am on 26 June 2021

Three Black Caps have returned to cricket just two days after being a part of the World Test Championship winning side.

New Zealand players Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Latham talk as they leave the pitch for lunch New Zealand BlackCaps v India.
Day 2 of the ICC World Test Championship Final at Southampton, England on Saturday 19th June 2021.

Photo: Photosport Ltd 2021

Kyle Jamieson, Devon Conway and Colin de Grandhomme have turned out for their respective sides in the English Twenty20 competition barely 48 hours after beating India in the WTC final in Southampton.

Conway and de Grandhomme came up against each other at Taunton, with the all-rounder dismissing the new test opener for just five in his Somerset debut.

De Grandhomme then blasted 66 from 34 deliveries with the bat for Hampshire but Conway had the last laugh as Somerset held on to win by seven runs.

Jamieson, who was man of the match in the WTC final, went wicket-less in his three overs for Surrey but his new side beat Middlesex by five wickets at The Oval in London.

Black Caps all-rounder Daryl Mitchell, who didn't feature in Southampton, struck 58 from 36 balls in his second match for Middlesex.

Glenn Phillips celebrates his maiden T20 century 2020.

Glenn Phillips. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Glenn Phillips was the stand-out performer of all of the New Zealanders on show overnight.

Phillips smashed a second straight 94 not out for Gloucestershire to lead them to a 27 run win over Sussex at Hove.

The Black Caps batsman took just 41 balls to reach the mark against Glamorgan, but was slightly slower against Sussex, with his 94 taking 58 deliveries.

It included seven fours and five sixes.

Gloucestershire now sit atop the south group.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (Worcestershire), all-rounder Jimmy Neesham (Essex), fast bowler Lockie Ferguson (Yorkshire) and young opener Finn Allen (Lancashire) are also playing in the competition.