- D.O.B.: 20/08/1993
- Player Type: Batting All-Rounder (Spin)
- Availabilty: Yes
- Nationality: South African
- Playing Role: Right-handed Top Order Batsman and Right-arm Leg Spin
- Coaching qualifications: Cricket South Africa Level 2 (ECB Level 3 Equivalent)
- Recent teams: Delfos CC (Gauteng Premier League)
- Entry route: Standard Visitor Visa
- Available: April to September
*****Available for Ireland & Holland Only*****
David Rhoda is an exceptionally talented cricketer from Johannesburg, South Africa. A stroke-making, Right-handed Batsman capable of batting anywhere in the order, he is an equally adept Right-arm Leg Spinner. Not a youngster anymore, this former Schoolboy star has ridden the almost tidal wave-like ups and downs of cricket life more than most.
One of the first names picked for his native Gauteng throughout the age groups, he was a regular for the province through the age groups from U13 all the way through to U19, playing alongside Quinton de Kock and Keaton Jennings. David’s performances at age group level resulted in him being selected in the South Africa U19 side to contest the 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia. Whilst only featuring in one group match, he and Calvin Savage (3-14) destroyed the New Zealand U19 side in the 3rd place play-off, David collecting 4-26 (9.5) as SA rolled the Kiwi’s for just 90 and securing 3rd place. He had already been handed a First Class debut for Gauteng earlier that year.
Not able to really make his mark on the professional game, David sought to keep working on his game overseas and ventured to Merrion CC in Ireland (2015) and North Petherton CC (2016) to find that X-factor. His two seasons combined yielded 1397 runs @ 49.89 and 73 wickets @ 15.94, clearly talent was not the issue for David. He even turned out for Somerset 2nd XI in 2016, bagging 3-44 against Hampshire.
Like many bright young prospects, the ability to handle the spotlight or lack thereof can make or break a young athlete. Despite his outstanding performances for North Petherton CC in 2016 and still having genuine prospects in South Africa, David was not at the best place within himself. David walked away from Cricket, torn between the life he thought he had to pursue and the life that he wanted to.
A spell away from the game has seen David mature and return to Cricket with a new found love for the game and a desire to make the most of his talent, he re-joined the strong Old Edwardians CC for the 2021-22 summer.
Seeking a return to the UK/Ireland/Scotland for next summer, David will be an excellent pick up for any club seeking a genuine, proven all-rounder that can contribute significantly in all disciplines.
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