Toti cricketer makes ‘Welsh waves’

2016-06-15 06:00
Toti cricketer, Robin Smith. Photo: supplied

Toti cricketer, Robin Smith. Photo: supplied

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TOTI cricketer, Robin Smith, was signed by the Llandudno Lions in Wales this year. In a short space of time, Smith has proved to be a great acquisition for the Lions, participating in eight games. In eight innings he scored an 68.7 average and just under 500 runs, and is at the top of the batting statistics.

Smith attended Hillcrest High School, and earned school colours in hockey, cricket and softball. He was the captain for cricket and softball and the vice-captain for hockey. Smith earned his outdoor colours for baseball and indoor cricket colours, which includes SA colours U16. He was appointed head boy of sports and prefect.

Llandudno Lions caption, Jack Remmington, said Smith has been batting “wonderfully well, scoring some big runs in a tough start”.

“His keeping has been excellent too. An unbelievable leg side stumping off our opening bowler, on 7 May showed that. He has been positive, bubbly and a great example for the young lads in the team.
“He has done lots of work in local schools and they are delighted with the work he is doing. Robin has been working hard with our juniors, which is great to see. But more importantly he has settled into Llandudno like a duck to water,” said Remmington.

The club published the following introductory interview online.

“Llandudno Lions CC welcome their new signing, Robin Smith on Tuesday, 9 April. Smith is an aggressive left-handed opening batsman and wicket-keeper from Durban in South Africa. Having attended Hillcrest High School, where he was on a sports scholarship, Robin showed his all-round sporting prowess by earning his school colours for not only cricket but also hockey and baseball.

“A former provincial age group player, Robin's path could have been much different had his brief stint in the U.S. at a baseball clinic panned out differently, especially with his ability to hit both left and right-handed. Described as a role model among his school peers, Robin is a naturally-gifted sportsman who upon completion of his schooling, ventured to the Republic of Ireland in 2015 to join the strong Merrion Cricket Club in the Leinster Cricket Union competition.

“During the season, he accrued an impressive 726 runs at 42.71 including a match winning 88* against CSNI in the Irish Senior Cup to secure a place in the final.
“A tidy keeper, Robin is also a more than capable off-spinner who is also a Cricket South Africa level 1 coach.”

The club caught up with Robin and found out a little bit more information about our new man.

• What are you looking to achieve while you are with us?

RS: The best results possible from a team aspect. I also want to grow my own individual game playing in a new country and enjoy the different culture of Wales. I hope to have a great experience and create a new family. I love club life and cannot wait to meet all the members and get involved.

• What are you most looking forward to in your time over here?

RS: Scoring runs, as many as possible, but also looking forward to meeting everybody and having another family away from home.

• Who is your cricketing hero and have they affected the way you play?

RS: Adam Gilchrist is, to me, the best keeper and/or batsmen of all time. The way he exploded at the start of an innings is the way I like to play.

• If you could describe your style of play in one sentence, what would you say?

RS: Aggressive opening batsmen with a “take on the bowler-type attitude”. Play with heart and passion and never give up.

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‘During the season, he accrued an impressive 726 runs at 42.71 including a match winning 88* against CSNI in the Irish Senior Cup to secure a place in the final. A tidy keeper, Robin is also a more than capable off-spinner who is also a Cricket South Africa level 1 coach’

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