CAPE TOWN - Cape Cobras centurion David Bedingham admits he was very “nervous” ahead of this week’s on-going four-day tussle against the Highveld Lions at the Wanderers.
Bedingham, 24, is playing in only his second franchise game for the Cobras after making his debut last week at Newlands against the Knights. Although the stylish right-hander made positive starts in both innings with scores of 26 and 23, he would have known that at this level he was required to produce something much more substantial after doing the initial hard work.
The Cobras’ No 4 has shown that he is a quick learner, rectifying his previous week’s mistakes, with a classy 102 off 189 balls against the Lions. It formed part of a 178-run partnership for the third wicket with fellow pup Janneman Malan (137 off 249 balls) that propelled the Cobras to a massive 529 all out – a gigantic lead of 425 runs.
“I was very nervous, because last week didn’t go according to plan, but it was very nice to score some runs and do well for the team,” Bedingham told SuperSport after day two at Bullring.
Although the soft-spoken Bedingham was happy to “do well for the team” the innings would have brought a great deal of satisfaction for the former Wynberg Boys’ High prodigy. The last couple of years have been a road of self-discovery for Bedingham after his career never rose to the expected heights since his match-winning century for the SA u19 team against England u19 at Boland Park back in 2013.
Although it has not been a meteoric rise to the top, he kept working hard at his game down at Stellenbosch University with the likes of former Maties coach Andrew Wylie and at Boland. He also survived a horrific car crash a couple of years back that stalled his career progress.
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However, Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has certainly been impressed with Bedingham’s courage, worth ethic and class, and ultimately rewarded him with an opportunity this season.
Bedingham also earned the praise of the opposition, with former Cobras left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks, who is now playing his cricket up in Johannesburg, applauding the youngster.
“Credit to them, they batted quite well. The wicket has changed compared to day one. It was good to contribute and try to restrict them to a low score, but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” Hendricks said after claiming 5/101.
The Lions will resume on Wednesday morning on 11/0, still trailing the Cobras by 414 runs, and will need to bat for the remaining two days to avoid an innings defeat.