- Date of birth:
- Role: Batter
- County Cap:
- County Debut:
- First Class:
New Zealand batter Finn Allen will represent Yorkshire during the second half of this season’s Vitality Blast, and he promises to add to the Vikings already exhilarating top order.
A 22-year-old from Auckland who now plies his domestic trade with Wellington, Allen is a tall opener who can also keep wicket.
He caught the eye of interim director of cricket Darren Gough during last year’s Hundred, in which he represented beaten finalists Birmingham Phoenix.
He is a six-time T20 international with the BlackCaps and is representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League prior to arriving at Headingley.
Allen, a T20 title winner with Wellington Firebirds, was also amongst the top 10 run-scorers in last season’s Blast, posting 399 runs in 13 games for Lancashire Lightning.
He joins a select band of players to have represented both Roses counties, a list which includes the likes of David Byas, Simon Katich, Glenn Maxwell and Keshav Maharaj.
He debuted in T20 cricket for Auckland in 2017 before making his List A and first-class debuts for the same side a year later.
The right-hander is amongst a host of modern batters who find the stands with ease, and him joining a batting order which includes Adam Lyth, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Harry Brook, David Willey and Will Fraine et al is a mouthwatering prospect.
He has only played 16 career first-class matches, though made his international debut for New Zealand against Bangladesh in Hamilton last March.
Allen posted a best of 71 off only 29 balls in his home city, at Eden Park against the same opponents in his third appearance.
He moved to Wellington ahead of the 2020/21 New Zealand summer and straightaway helped his new side to silverware.
A close friend of Yorkshire’s Blast overseas player last year, Lockie Ferguson, Allen was the breakout star of that summer’s Super Smash, scoring a tournament high 512 runs from 11 games with six half-centuries.
Allen posted scores of five and 22 in last year’s Roses games against Yorkshire.