Toti cricketer returns from Wales

2017-03-15 06:03
 Photo: tania sandbergEnjoying an afternoon cricket coaching session (from left) are Kaden McKenzie, coach Robin Smith and Kyle Akal.

Photo: tania sandbergEnjoying an afternoon cricket coaching session (from left) are Kaden McKenzie, coach Robin Smith and Kyle Akal.

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TOTI cricketer Robin Smith had been signed by the Llandudno Lions in Wales in January 2016.

He joined the team in April 2016 and in a short space of time, Smith proved to be a great acquisition for the Lions. Participating in 21 innings, he scored over 700 runs and came second in the batting statistics and second in the fielding statistics.

Reporting back on his 2016 season, his Llandudno Lions captain Jack Remmington said Smith batted “wonderfully well” scoring some big runs in a tough start.

“His [wicket] keeping was excellent too. He has been positive, bubbly and a great example for the young lads in the team. He has done lots of work in the local schools and they are delighted with the work he has done. Robin worked hard with our juniors, which was great to see. More importantly he settled into Llandudno like a duck to water,” said Remmington.

Smith returned to South Africa in February this year.

“I have been playing cricket for as long as I can remember. My dad was umpiring when I was little and I was always watching from the age of four or five, but I started playing properly at school at the age of seven,” he said.

“I went to Bryndell Primary and later to Hillcrest Primary and Hillcrest High School. We relocated to Amanzimtoti halfway through my Matric year, but I travelled to Hillcrest to complete my year,” Smith said.

Having completed his schooling Smith started playing for Berea Rovers and through sports agents, he got the opportunity to go to Ireland in 2015. When he returned he started playing for Amanzimtoti Cricket Club, and then signed with Wales for the 2016 season.

He made the provincial cricket team at age 17 and the SA World Cup Action Cricket team at the age of 16 and is passionate about sharing his skills by coaching youngsters at Amanzimtoti Cricket Club and local schools and when overseas in Ireland and Wales.

“Wicket keeping is my strength. My role model is AB de Villiers. His method is similar to the way I play and no-one gives him any trouble about the way he goes about it. Going overseas has helped me grow. When I was in South Africa, everybody was always telling me what to do, but [in Wales] it was mostly self-teaching and learning my own way while I was helping them,” he said.

In the long term it is Smith’s hope to move to Wales and play cricket full term.

“My short term goal is to finish this season in SA and see what happens when I get to Wales,” he said.

When he is not playing cricket, Smith is mostly playing other sport.

“I always had a natural talent for sport and played hockey, soft ball and baseball. Lately I have also been playing a lot of tennis and golf, but golf is becoming a bit expensive,” he said.

“The best advice ever given to me is to trust yourself more, but listen to others and take their advice and use it if you can. My mom is a big part of my life and I would not have been able to do it without her and my aunt, who I live with six months a year,” he said.

Smith has once again been signed up for Llandudno Lions in Wales and is due to fly out early April 2017. In the meantime he coaches at schools and privately and can be contacted on 071 352 2923.



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