Alrewas is delighted to announce the re-signing of their kiwi sensation, Nick Kwant, for their 2023 Derbyshire Premier League campaign.
Kwant is an explosive opening bat looking to break back into professional cricket, following his move to New Zealand’s deep south, this summer.
The talented youngster moved to Dunedin due to limited opportunities with Canterbury in recent years, following his brief Super Smash stint with the Kings in 2017/18.
Kwant, who plays his club cricket for Taieri in the Dunedin Premier Competition, has recently earned an Otago A call-up where he hopes to impress and break down the Volts’ door.
A few years ago Kwant was plucked out of obscurity by Canterbury to open the batting in the Super Smash courtesy of his “power-hitting” ability. He went on to play 7 T20 matches alongside the likes of Ben Stokes and Blackcaps contingent Todd Astle, Andrew Ellis, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, and Tom Latham.
His best innings in Kings colours was his 35-ball 48 in their successful run chase against the star-studded Otago Volts side featuring Neil Wagner, Jimmy Neesham, and Mark Craig.
The big-hitting left-hander was recruited by Kings’ coach Gary Stead, who suggested Kwant “hits a big ball and plays with no fear. If he gets going, he can take an attack apart and that’s what we like about him”.
Kwant featured for Canterbury through the age groups and has been an ‘A’ team regular at the National Provincial tournaments. He also plays for Riccarton in the Christchurch Metro Competition – arguably New Zealand’s strongest club competition. In 2020/21, he averaged 50.33, 38, and 34.57, in the Two-Day, 50-Over, and T20 formats for the club, then backed up with a one-day average of 38.25, before his move to the deep south this summer.
The explosive left-hander has also enjoyed two prolific UK stints. In 2019, Kwant played for Middlesbrough in the strong North Yorkshire and South Durham Premier League hitting 841 runs at 32.35 in both league and cup cricket. Last summer (2022), Kwant dominated for Alrewas in the Derbyshire ECB Premier League hitting 1,406 runs at 54.08 across all forms of cricket (1,040 runs at 54.74 in the Premier League itself). He also featured for the Derbyshire 2nd XI in a 50-over match against Northants, whacking 35 from 31 balls (3x4s, 3x6s) against an opening attack including Nathan Buck, and Brandon Glover.
The UK Ancestry Visa holding kiwi run machine is in the form of his life and given his success last season has agreed to return to Alrewas for a second Derbyshire League stint in 2023.