Worcestershire CCC supporters can look forward to watching the second highest run-scorer in T20I history when Martin Guptill returns to Blackfinch New Road for a second spell this summer for the Vitality Blast.

The New Zealander has scored 2272 runs from 76 innings at a strike rate of 132.71 with two centuries and 14 fifties.

The 32-year-old was the leading run-getter of all time in T20I until overhauled by India’s Rohit Sharma in the recent series with New Zealand.

Guptill missed that series through injury but has hit three centuries in his last four completed innings in all cricket – two in ODIS for New Zealand and one for Auckland in the Plunket Shield.

He is available for 11 out of 14 Blast group games PLUS any quarter-final or finals day if the Rapids qualify.

A reminder that it costs just £99 for a 2019 Worcestershire Rapids Vitality Blast Season Pass.

It guarantees entrance to all seven home North Group matches and is a saving of up to £81 compared to purchasing individual match tickets.

Guptill is currently in the top 20 of both the latest T20I and ODI rankings released by the ICC.

The Auckland born player is placed 14th in the T20I rankings with 650 points and 19th in the ODI charts with 683 points.

*Guptill is unbeaten on 16 not out after his first innings 120 at the end of day three of Auckland’s Plunket Shield match with Northern Districts at Whanganei.

Auckland will resume on the final day on 31-0 – an overall lead of 123 after Norther Districts were bowled out for 376 in reply to 468-9 declared.

*Callum Ferguson was dismissed for 16 on day one of South Australia’s Sheffield Shield encounter with Western Australia in Perth.

The Worcestershire 2019 overseas player, who has been in prime form, stuck it out for 51 balls on a day dominated by the bowlers before he was leg before to left armer Liam Guthrie.

South Australia collapsed from 60-0 to 155 all out but then reduce their opponents to 75-4 by the close.