Star youngster picks Durham over Cape Cobras

David Bedingham (Gallo Images)
David Bedingham (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cape Cobras batsman David Bedingham has signed a season-long contract with English county Durham.

The 25-year-old will therefore be unavailable for selection for the One-Day Cup which gets underway this weekend.

Bedingham, who is in his second full season as a Cobras-contracted player, expressed his appreciation to a franchise he has supported all his life.

“I’m obviously upset to be leaving my Cobras family which has been an environment that I’ve thrived in since joining at the start of the 2018/19 season. I want to thank my coaches Ashwell Prince and Faiek Davids for giving me the opportunity to play for this proud franchise. I’ve always supported the Cobras since I was a young boy so to play for this team was a dream come true and I hope to always have an affinity with the franchise.”

In explaining why he joined Durham, Bedingham, who has an ancestral UK visa, said he was looking forward to the challenge.

“The opportunity to join Durham is one that I am excited about and the kind of person I am, I thrive on challenges, after having overcome a number of them during my life to date, and instead of being daunted by the challenge, I am confident that I will continue my growth as a cricketer.”

“Finally, I’d like to thank Cape Cobras CEO Mr Nabeal Dien for the guidance since I was 11-years-old, he has seen my progression through the WP ranks and I hope to continue the teachings he has imparted on me throughout the years.”

“I wish my Cobras team-mates everything of the best for the One-Day Cup and for the future.”

Dien expressed his sadness at losing a player of Bedingham’s quality in the Cape.

“I’ve known David since he was a young boy and have seen him go through an horrific car accident and come back even stronger and I was very proud when we were in a position to offer him a full franchise contract. Although I’m sad to see him leave this franchise, he goes with my best wishes.”

The Cape Cobras begin their One-Day Cup campaign against the Warriors on Sunday.

The match takes place at The Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn from 10:00.

The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 8770 votes
Cricket
11% - 2232 votes
Football
19% - 4014 votes
Athletics
2% - 513 votes
Boxing
1% - 186 votes
Cycling
2% - 483 votes
Golf
5% - 1024 votes
Motorsport
8% - 1767 votes
Tennis
3% - 713 votes
Water sports
1% - 195 votes
American sports
1% - 257 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 651 votes
Vote