Scottish International and former Western Fury and current Essex cricketer Leigh Kasperek has joined the Wellington Blaze squad preparing for the the domestic women's season, which starts Karori Park from 23-25 November when the Blaze host the Central Hinds in the opening round.
Kasperek a top order batswoman and right arm off spinner was awarded Player of the Year at Essex and also averaged 40 in the Australian Domestic championship last year playing for the Western Fury.
Cricket Wellington Women's Coordinator Mark Coles said Kasperek coming to Wellington is great for female cricket and she will involve herself with our young female cricketers and help with the coaching of our junior female representative teams.
Coles say, "I had a lot to do with Leigh in Australia and she is a very good cricketer who will bolster the Blaze squad. Anyone that averages 40 in Australia and then be named Player of the Year for Essex is a class player and we are lucky to have her play for the Blaze".
Kasperek Q and AUpon her arrival last week, Cricket Wellington caught up with Leigh Kasperek and asked her a few questions:
Playing Style: Right hand top order bat and right arm off spin bowler
Secondary School Attended: Firrhill HS
Earliest Cricket Memory: My first time playing cricket, aged 17. Boys and I, running around a field smashing tennis balls in all directions
Favourite Ground to play: Carlton CC
Most memorable cricket moment: 50* to win an Australian domestic women’s game against Queensland last year
Favourite player growing up: Shane Watson
The non-cricketing sports person or team I most admire: The European Union.
If I wasn’t a Blaze I’d be: …at home in Scotland getting a cold.
Favourite superhero: Neo from the Matrix. Serious skills
Favourite holiday destination: Australia
In my spare time I like to: Be active, listen to music, paint.
My signature dish is: My soup
My favourite song is: Ennio Morricone-The Mission
My favourite movie: Man On Fire
My favourite food is: Grapefruit
Chores as kid: Everything apart from laundry
Favourite school subject: None
Worst school subject: All
Do you have any pets: Yes
If I could have anything: I would want a specially designed portable super telescope.
The biggest influence on my cricketing career is: My mother.
Something you didn’t know about me is: ...I was in UKs X factor