While he considers himself an all-rounder, it was his bowling this year that Kieran Lloyd has been recognised for.
A member of Southland’s representative team, Lloyd was recognised as its standout performer over the course of it playing four other minor association teams for a chance to challenge for the Hawke Cup.
The 25-year-old learned his trade at Gore’s Albion Cricket Club but when the team dropped down a tier to play in the Southland combined country competition in 2013, he went to play for Appleby Cricket Club in Invercargill.
Lloyd said he had a good season with the ball for Southland, with his best result being 6 for 40 against Mid Canterbury.
“That was my first five-wicket haul for Southland,” Lloyd said.
“I was very pleased with that.”
He was a medium-pace bowler who opened the bowling.
“I can get it to swing both ways and just do a little bit off the pitch, especially with the new ball.”
Usually his first bowling spell was about six overs long.
“My job was to try and take wickets upfront for the team and get us off to a good start.”
Taking 17 wickets overall, he averaged 2.8 runs an over and 13 runs per wicket.
“I bowled some economical spells.”
The two-day format of the Hawke Cup games suited him as a bowler.
“I was able to get into the groove.”