LLANDUDNO Cricket Club have announced the signing of Luke Kenworthy as their overseas guest player for the 2019 season.

The Lions have moved quickly to bring in a fresh face after the departure of Keegan Armstrong to Fleetwood Cricket Club after the wicketkeeper-batsman made a huge impression for the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division side last term.

Kenworthy, who will be 27 when he arrives in North Wales, is an English born top order batsman and keeper who has spent the last eight years playing Premier cricket in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

He travelled to the southern hemisphere after completing his schooling, and after attending the Bracewell Cricket Academy in 2010/11, decided to stay on in New Zealand and study a Bachelor in Sport and Recreation.

Before moving, Kenworthy played club cricket in Yorkshire for Meltham in the Huddersfield Drakes league, breaking into the first team at aged 15.

Kenworthy also enjoyed a very successful spell with Taradale Cricket Club as a 19-year-old and has now played over 150 Premier games for the club.

The Englishman has captained Taradale Premiers for six of the last seven seasons, playing alongside current Central District and New Zealand international players.

Over the last few years, due to his strong performances at club level, Kenworthy has broken into the Hawkes Bay Cricket Association Representative side, playing on ten occasions.

As a wicket-keeper, Kenworthy has consistently finished at the top of the catching and stumping charts, in addition to scoring five centuries and 13 half centuries batting in various positions at the top of the order.

In addition to his exploits on the field, Kenworthy is also a qualified coach and will be working with the Lions’ youth set-up upon his arrival.