Bedingham casti Kiwis with 100

Henry

David Bedingham left his mark on Test cricket with his first century in Hamilton today.

Yes, it may be a watered-down Protea touring team, but the 29-year-old batsman still managed the feat against a strong New Zealand bowling attack.

He batted nicely offensively and he hit 14 boundaries in his innings of 110 runs from 141 deliveries.

There are many who would agree that Bedingham should have been given much more playing time on the international red-ball cricket stage.

He regularly ranks among the leading run-scorers in England’s County Championship and Ashwell Prince warned at the time that Cricket South Africa should pull up its socks before a batting diamond slips through its fingers.

“We cannot continue to pretend that there is nothing wrong. It is high time that KSA did a little investigation and not turn the tables on why players are walking,” said the former Protea batsman.

Fortunately, Bedingham put his plans to qualify for England on hold and he got his chance in the recent series against India.

Now, in the absence of Aiden Markram and co, he is arguably the most agile Protea willow bat swinger in New Zealand.

It is thanks to his batting prowess that the Proteas were able to score at least 235 runs in their second innings. Keegan Petersen (43 runs) also looked good in front of the wickets, but eight of the other South African batsmen were taken out for less than 20 runs.

William O’Rourke ran amok among the batsmen to boast a bowling analysis of 5/34.

The Kiwis need 267 runs for a historic series victory against the Proteas and Tom Latham together with Devon Conway ensured a good run-up to their innings.

However, Dane Piedt caught Conway leg before wicket in the last over of the day.

Maybe there is still a bit of Protea hope.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 242/10 in 97.2 overs: Ruan de Swardt 64, David Bedingham 39 and William O’Rourke 4/59.

New Zealand 211/10 in 77.3 overs: Kane Williamson 43, Dane Piedt 5/89 and Dane Paterson 3/39.

South Africa 235/10 in 69.5 overs: David Bedingham 110, Keegan Petersen 43 and William O’Rourke 5/34.

New Zealand 40/1 in 13.5 overs: Tom Latham 21* and Dane Piedt 1/3.