David Hemp was an elegant strokemaker with the left-hander playing for Glamorgan from 1991 until 2008, including a short sojourn with Warwickshire from 1997 until 2001, with the Bermudan-born batsman also leading Glamorgan from 2006 until 2008.
David had made his Glamorgan debut in 1991 after a prolific record with Millfield School, Welsh Schools and the junior Glamorgan teams. He was a member of Glamorgan`s team that won the Sunday League in 1993, and there was confirmation of his potential in 1994/95 when he went on the England A tour to India and Bangladesh. This followed a fine season during 1994 when he amassed 1452 runs, followed by an innings of 157 against Gloucestershire at Abergavenny during 1995. Early the following season, David sustained a nasty rib injury in a match at Cambridge, and spent several weeks on the sidelines.
In 1997 David joined Warwickshire, and he subsequently established himself in their top order, playing for the Midlands county until returning to Glamorgan for 2002. After a brief spell as Glamorgan`s opening batsman, David reverted back to a berth in the middle order, and struck a typically elegant century against Northants, as he and Matthew Maynard added what at the time was a Club record 252 for the second wicket. He also played a crucial innings in Glamorgan`s thrilling victory at Canterbury that secured the Norwich Union League title.
David enjoyed a good summer in both formats during 2004, with the left-hander sharing a match-winning stand with Matthew Elliott against Warwickshire in the T20 quarter-final at Cardiff as Glamorgan clinched a place at Finals Day. Later in the summer, his calm and assured 83* lead Glamorgan to a record-breaking victory at Chelmsford after Essex had scored 642 in their first innings, yet ended up on the losing side. His efforts helped the Welsh county clinch promotion back into Division One of the County Championship, and David was in prolific form with the bat again in 2005, ending the season as both the county`s leading run-scorer.
That year David began qualifying to play for Bermuda, and he subsequently appeared in 22 One-Day Internationals from 2006/07 to 2008/09, including the 2007 World Cup where he celebrated his appearance in the world’s premier one-day competition with a fine half-century against India. David took a coaching post in Australia at the end of 2008 – his Benefit Year – but he continued to play for Bermuda until 2013/14. His son Cameron has played for Glamorgan 2nd XI and Swansea CC.
HEMP, David Lloyd
Born – Hamilton, Bermuda, 8 November 1970.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 171 v Kent at Canterbury, 2005; 3/23 v South Africa A at Sophia Gardens, 1996.
In List A cricket – 121 v Combined Univs. at Sophia Gardens, 1995; 3/11 v Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl, 2004.
In T20 cricket – 74 v Somerset at Taunton, 2006.