Luke Ronchi all set for his Championship debut
Luke Ronchi who has joined Somerset as their overseas player for the rest of the 2015 season in place of Abdur Rehman, has arrived in Taunton and was at the County Ground on Friday ahead of making his championship debut for the county against table topping Yorkshire at Headingley on Tuesday.
The 34 year old batsman/wicket-keeper returns to the county after appearing in five Nat West T20 Blast matches earlier in the season.
When Ronchi left after his short T20 stay he said that he would like to return sometime, but didn’t expect it to be this season.
“Its great to be back at the County Ground but I have to say that I didn’t expect to be back here quite so soon. I had some good fun when I was here before and now I am looking forward to being able to hopefully help the team out in the last month of the season.”
“It was a very nice surprise to get a text message from Matt Maynard to ask if I would like to come back to Taunton and I hope I can help out as much as possible and help get some wins on the board.
“Somerset is a great place to be, they are a great bunch of guys to lay with, I love the ground, there is a good coaching staff and the supporters are always right behind you and I loved it so hopefully it will be the same again.”
The New Zealand international will make his first appearance for the county in their crucial championship match at Headingley starting on Tuesday, a ground he has fond memories of.
“The one time that I have played there was good and I made 88 for New Zealand against England so it would be nice to replicate that.
“I have never played championship cricket here in England and it is always something that I have dreamt about doing, so to be given the chance is pretty cool. Hopefully I can go out and perform and help.”
Ronchi added: “The fans are something special and they have made me feel really welcome. They always want the side to do well and win so it’s great to have that sort of backing.”