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Yorkshire swoop for New Zealand international

— 14 August 2013

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club are delighted to announce the signing of New Zealand top-order batsman Kane Williamson, who has been recruited to strengthen the Club’s batting department going into the final five matches of the LV= County Championship season.

Williamson, 23, will join up with Yorkshire next week and will be available to play in the Club’s next LV= Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge commencing on August 21. 

“We have moved swiftly to strengthen the side going into the final five matches of the season,” said Yorkshire Head Coach Jason Gillespie, following the news that in-form batsman Gary Ballance has been selected in the England Lions squad that will face Bangladesh A and will not be available to play against Nottinghamshire in the crucial Championship match. 

“Once we knew that Gary (Ballance) was unavailable, because of his international call-up, we made a conscious effort to bring in a proven international batsman to help bolster the squad. The decision was made in consultation with Martyn Moxon, Andrew Gale, and Michael Vaughan, representing the Board on cricketing matters, also played a pivotal role in bringing in Kane (Williamson). It is the right thing to do and he is a quality player with a proven first-class record. 

“It is imperative that we give ourselves every chance of bolstering the squad for the final run-in. Kane will be with us until the end of the season and will be available for selection in our five remaining Championship fixtures.” 

Williamson, who plays his domestic cricket in New Zealand for Northern Districts and was part of the New Zealand touring party that toured England earlier in the summer, is relishing the prospect of helping Yorkshire maintain its position at the top of the LV= County Championship table. 

“Once I knew Yorkshire were in for me, I jumped at the chance of being part of their plans in the final part of season,” added Williamson. 

“It is a Club steeped in history and with some important cricket still to be played this season, I hope I can make a difference and help Yorkshire realise its dream of winning the Championship crown in its 150th anniversary year. 

“Outside the international arena, the County Championship is regarded as a tough uncompromising competition. To play for Yorkshire will enhance my game and give me every opportunity to score some runs as I get ready for the summer back home in New Zealand. “ 

The Tauranga-born batsman, averages just over 40 with the bat in First-Class cricket with a top score of 284 not out. He also had a stint with Gloucestershire in 2011 and 2012.