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The Lions

After announcing the signing of Luke Kenworthy as our new overseas guest player, we took some time to have a chat with our new man.

Firstly, welcome to Llandudno Luke. We look forward to welcoming you over later in the year in what will hopefully be an excellent season. As an introduction, can you tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thank you for this opportunity, I cannot wait to get stuck in! I have been living in New Zealand for the past eight years after coming over here straight after sixth form. I was born in Huddersfield and grew up in West Yorkshire until I was 14. I moved to North Yorkshire to live on Thornton Dale when my Mum remarried. I played a lot of my cricket in West Yorkshire for Meltham CC in the Huddersfield Drakes League until I decided to move to New Zealand. Really looking forward to getting back to the UK and getting involved in a new challenge with Llandudno. 

Excellent to hear. Can you tell us a little bit about your club in New Zealand and your role within the club?

Since moving to New Zealand I have played most of my seasons for Taradale Cricket Club in Hawke’s Bay, after I had played one season with Napier Marist Cricket Club. I have been the Premiers wicket keeper since moving here and play an important role with the bat too, with my position being dependant on the format of the match. I have also captained the side for 6 of the last 7 seasons. I love to be involved with coaching programmes put on by the club in the local schools, as well as helping our junior coach with our junior teams. I look forward to being able to do the same in North Wales.

Every cricketer at every level has a player that they look up to. Who is your cricketing role model and if you had to liken your style of play to anyone, who would that be?

I have to say one of my favourite cricketers is Chris Gayle (West Indies). His confidence, aggression and relaxed look at the crease is quite admirable. In terms of likening my style, I think I have probably picked up bits from different cricketers when watching them as a youngster. So not too sure I would really say I am likened to anyone, perhaps that’s something to look out for. 

What is your proudest moment on a a cricket field, and also off field?

Scoring 100's is something that I always get immense individual pride from but winning games and competitions. I’ve been lucky enough to win two One-Day titles in Hawkes Bay. Hopefully we can add a North Wales title too.

Who is the best player you have played with (and against) and why?

The best batsman I have played with has got to be Dean Foxcroft. He is a young South African cricketer who has just burst onto the New Zealand scene. Has played at Taradale for the last 3 years but is also now playing for the Central District Stags (First Class) and is playing exceptionally well.

The best batsman I have played against against is a guy called Matthew Sinclair. He is an Ex-Blackcap who looks excellent when scoring runs. I have been lucky enough to also play with him, but more so against. 

Looking at the bowlers I have played with Ajaz Patel. You may have seen him playing for New Zealand, he made his Blackcap debut and took 5-fer over in UAE against Pakistan. I am lucky enough to have kept to him and he is also a great guy off the field.

Ben Wheeler is a bowler I have faced a few times. He plays for Central District Stags and has previously made Blackcap appearances. He bowls absolute gas and him being a left armer, bringing it back into the right hander makes it even worse.

Do you have any personal aspirations/targets and is there anything you are hoping to achieve during your time with us?

I would love to be part of a winning season and leave a legacy at the club. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with Llandudno Cricket Clubs youngsters as well and developing my own coaching skills. 

What three things sit top of your 'bucket list'?

1. Go to an NBA game in America. 

2. Play a cricket game under lights.

3. Travel more

Quickfire Questions:

Football Team - Huddersfield Town

Favourite Food/Meal - Pizza

Best TV show(s) - Brooklyn 99

Most Played Song/Artist - Changes all the time!

Greatest Film(s) of All Time - Rocky

Beverage of choice after a day on the field - Lager Top

Favourite Holiday Destination - Spain

Favourite Sporting Event - Boxing Day Test (preferably Ashes series)