Grey High 1st XI skipper and 2013 Head Boy, Lloyd Brown chats to SSN about his T20 success, Coke Week and looking like Ryan Reynolds.
Brown has already been captain of the Grey High 1st team for a year and he will also lead the Eastern Province U19 team at the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week in December.
With a steady head on his young shoulders, Brown scored seven 50′s in just nine matches of the high-profile Coca-Cola Schools T20 Cup earlier this year. Grey have been the dominant cricket school in the Eastern Province region for some years winning the Warriors T20 title several times and Brown will be crucial to maintaining the schools outstanding record for next year.
Warwick Austin from SSN caught up with Lloyd…
You got handed the captaincy reins of the Grey 1st XI quite early on in your career. Has it been a difficult task?
I have been playing in the 1st team since the end of my grade 9 year. Captaining is something that I really enjoy and try to work on as much as the other aspects of my game. It was a bit weird captaining in Grade 11 at the beginning of the year, but the team has supported me and I have enjoyed the challenge.
How has 2012 gone for both you personally and for the Grey 1st team?
We have had an up and down year as a team, obviously winning the Warriors 20/20 champs was a highlight but it was disappointing not to go on to win the national title. We haven’t performed to our full potential in declaration cricket, but we have had a very successful year in limited overs cricket. A personal highlight for me was making 7 half centuries in 9 games in the 20/20 champs this year as well as my 112 against Westville.
Grey is a phenomenal sporting school with several youngsters like Siya Kolisi, JJ Engelbrecht, Wayne Parnell, David White and Colin Ackerman making massive strides in professional sport. Does that inspire you?
We often joke about sport being the core business at Grey and the guys are really passionate about it. Guys like Siya, David White and Colin Ackerman are definitely role models for me because I watched them play at grey while I was in grade 8 and always wanted to achieve what they had achieved.
You guys are busy with the early stages of the Coca-Cola Schools’ T20 Challenge. Talk us through some of your experiences in the competition and what your expectations are this year?
We have been Warriors champs for the past two years but have never made it to the National Final. We’ve learnt a lot as a team over the past two years and hopefully we can use that experience to our advantage looking forward to next year. Playing at Newlands and Senwes Park were both great experiences for the guys. The tournament is definitely a priority at Grey and we are looking forward to the 2012/2013 competition. Our main competition is definitely St Andrews (Grahamstown) however Framesby (Port Elizabeth) look to be a strong side for next year.
Which do you prefer between T20, 50 over and declartaion cricket? Do you try and change your approach for each?
There isn’t any particular format I enjoy playing the most, I try not to change my game much and keep it simple.
You are also captain of the EP Week Coke Week side. Are you looking forward to the challenge of pulling together guys from different ‘rival’ schools? Will it be difficult to conduct training with all the terrible weather in the EC?
I am looking forward to the challenge, we have a great bunch of guys in the team and have been playing together for a while now. I don’t think there will be any animosity amongst the guys and we are looking forward to representing our province. With regards to training, we have a great indoor facility so the weather won’t be an issue. The Grahamstown guys will have to travel a little further but I don’t think it will be much of an issue.
Have you played for EP before and what are you looking to achieve on a personal level at Coke Week?
I have played for EP before, I captained EP U15 and U17 and played for the U19 three day team last year. I think I’m looking to just enjoy myself at Coke Week and express myself. Cricket is a tough enough sport as it is, there’s no use placing yourself under unnecessary pressure.
Do you guys have any pre-game rituals?
We like to play music in the change room before our games. Our song choice depends on the team song at the time, in the past it has been, Levels (Avicii), Young Wild and Free (Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg) and Don’t You Worry Child (Swedish House Mafia).
Are there any sporting heroes that you aspire to?
None specifically, I like to watch a lot of different players play, but I’ve always looked to my dad when there is something I need to know.
What other sports do you play at Grey and how have you done in them?
I play rugby for Grey. I played 2nd team this year and I am in the 1st team squad for next year. I also play the violin in the orchestra.
I believe you are a New Years baby! Got anything exciting lined up for the holidays…?
I am indeed! It has its pros and cons, ummm….Plett for New Years should be enjoyable haha.
A movie producer phones you and wants make a movie about you…who do you cast to play you and why?
Ryan Reynolds, I’ve been told I look like him.
Name: Lloyd James Wynne Brown
Date of Birth: 01 January 1995
Batting Style: Right-Hand Batsman
Bowling Style: Right-arm Medium
Playing role: Batting all-rounder
Food – Matron’s samp and beans,
Music – Whatever is playing the dorm
Movie – Step Brothers
TV Show – Suits
Sportswoman – Ana Ivanovic
Sports team – Warriors and Lions rugby (Joburg boy)
Quote – “Pain may last a minute, an hour, a day, weeks, months or even years, but one day it will subside and something else will take its place. It just depends on how badly you want to succeed.”