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Thursday, 22 November 2012 10:33

Cricket: David Bedingham- Best Gloveman in SA?

Should de Villiers be keeping? What about Morne Van Wyk? Darryn Smit?These are comments thrown around almost consistently by South African cricket lovers. The fact of the matter is that players like Adam Gilchrist or MS Dhoni, who can combine excellent glovework with superb attacking batting ability, are one in a generation. Or are they?

 

dbName: David Bedingham

School: Wynberg BHS (Cobras Franchise)

Wicket-Keeper/RH Batsman

Enter David Bedingham. Arguably one of the best schoolboy glovemen in the country. Oh, and there’s little fact that he’s also Top/Middle Order batsman. His ability was highlighted a few years ago in a match against Grey High at Newlands during the Standard Bank Schools Pro 20. He showed superb timing and managed to find the boundary on numerous occasions on a ground much bigger than those that schoolboys normally play on, the highlight being a superbly timed lofted drive through cover over the in-field which blew even Brett Proctor away.

I’ve always been a huge advocate of club sport. I feel that it provides you with a tactical and growth opportunity that school sport simply does not always provide. Chatting to Bedingham it is easy to see the profound impact that playing Club Cricket has had from a very young age.

“I started playing cricket when I was 7, just playing with bat and ball in the garden. My dad, seeing that I had some talent, encouraged me to join Milnerton Cricket Club and I really honed my skills and played their till Grade 6 while I was at Table View Primary School.”

It was around about this time that David was offered a scholarship to one of South Africa’s premier cricketing factories, Wynberg Boys High, following in the footsteps of name’s such as Lamb, Kallis, Telo and Levi.

“While I was at Table View I was offered a scholarship to Wynberg Boys in Grade 7 and that’s where my cricket went to another level. It was far more intense both competition and training.”

His journey has not always been smooth sailing. The transition from Junior to High School was particularly tough as he had to encounter the cream of the cricketing crop at U14 level at Wynberg BHS.

“The pace at U14 level was like I never experienced. I struggled at first but I kept telling myself that I have to put in the extra effort to deal with it. I worked very, very hard in the nets and then everything started to click for me. The runs started coming very easily.”

His record so far with regards to Provincial selection is impeccable. He has made the WP rep side in every age group since Grade 7, yet despite this there is still something which nags him.

“I used to struggle to get past the 100 mark consistently. On tour last year I got four 50’s in four games. Then I had five 87’s! It was very frustrating for me! But this year I have reached the three figures several times and have put that obstacle behind me.”

What really is exciting about this talented young keeper/batsman is that he is very astute about his future. His maturity both on and off the field belies his age and while he is determined to be the best he is also approaching the task with a level head.

“It’s all about the short term goals for me. The first of these was to make the WP Coca-Cola Week side. That was my prime and only focus and I was not thinking about anything else. Once I achieved that the next target was the SA Schools and the big target was the SA U19 World Cup side in 2012. What I’m really focusing on is trying to achieve my small goals to perfection and the big one’s will take care themselves.”

The best part? He is only 17 and currently in Grade 12. Already he has staked the claim to be arguably the best gloveman at U19 level in the Western Cape. Throw in the fact that his batting performances have been consistent, technically beautiful and plentiful and you begin to realise that David Bedingham will make a big impression sooner rather than later.

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