Kiwi paceman Mills joins Panthers for t20

Middlesex have snapped up New Zealand paceman Kyle Mills for this season’s Friends Life t20 campaign.

The 34-year-old is in the Black Caps’ squad for two t20 internationals against England at The Oval this week but will join up with the Panthers in time for Friday night’s opener against Kent Spitfires at Canterbury.

Mills took four wickets against England in the 50-over ICC Champions Trophy earlier this month and enjoyed one of the best economy rates in the tournament.

He will be available for all of Middlesex’s t20 matches, including finals’ day on August 17 should the Panthers progress that far.

Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser said: “Kyle will bring experience and quality to our attack, with his presence also allowing the club to manage the workload of a bowling attack that is competing in all three domestic tournaments.

“This season we play two County Championship matches in the middle of our t20 campaign and, ideally, we want to keep our fast bowers as fresh as we can. At the moment we have two or three bowlers who are either injured or recovering from injury.

“Corey Collymore is not contracted to play t20 cricket and we will also lose Tim Murtagh to Ireland for a week in early July.”