Luke Ronchi loving life at the County Ground
Luke Ronchi, who has joined Somerset as one of our oversea’s players for the Nat West T20 Blast, is very much enjoying his time with the County.
Shortly after finishing a work out in the gym, the New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman said: “Its has been awesome and the guys have been really welcoming to me. To get the chance to play at a county like Somerset and have a stint playing in England has been fantastic. It would have been nice to have had a couple more wins in the NatWest T20 Blast games I have played in so far but I’m going well and enjoying every minute of my time here.”
Luke hit 49 from 23 balls against Gloucestershire last week about which he said: “It was nice to score some runs here on Friday but you always want to do better. Unfortunately we didn’t win but it was nice to get a few runs and return some of the faith that has been shown in me.”
Can Somerset still book a place in the last eight of the competition? “If we can win our four remaining games then we can easily qualify,” he said. “We have just got to play some good positive cricket and hopefully we will get the results we want and get into the next stages.”
Reflecting on his time in England this season Luke said: “I have been on a New Zealand tour of England before and played some club cricket in Hampshire but not first-class cricket so it has been cool to be involved and get that opportunity. Growing up back home you always talk about English county cricket and the teams and the venues they play at. I have been over here for two and a half months now and have got around to a lot of places I haven’t been before and played on a lot of cool grounds so it has been a lot of fun.
“The whole club is awesome and everyone has been great. Taunton is a nice quiet little town and its easy to get about so it’s a nice area to spend a few weeks in.”
Would he ever consider coming back to play cricket here again? “If the opportunity ever arose Id jump at the chance,” he said. “You don’t get to play cricket forever so if it popped up again I’d be saying yes!”
Luke was on hand at our Schools Day on Tuesday where he spent some time signing autographs for the hundreds of children who were in attendance.