David Rushmere has represented Eastern Province throughout all the age groups as a batsman and as a wicket keeper. He has remained devoted to the sport and his own game at all times, and we have all witnessed his relentless passion for the game. He works hard on his batting technique but does so without curbing his natural attacking instincts. David’s ball striking has entertained his supporters for a number of years and the rate at which he scored his runs allowed his peers to bat alongside him with less pressure in match winning partnerships.
His safe pair of hands behind the stumps provided comfort for the College fast bowlers, spinners and his coaches, assuring the completion of hundreds of dismissals. David is a student of the game and provided valuable knowledge and support to all the teams that he represented. Over the years he matured as a person and as a leader, and he provided the field of play and the dressing room with a positive environment in which both the senior and junior players could thrive.
He represented the College 1st XI on 105 occasions and in his final year he scored 1 465 runs with a batting average of 48.83 and a match wining 99% strike rate. This along with the year’s 60 dismissals earned him a position in the Eastern Province U18 Coke Week Team.
At Coke Week he led the team up front scoring a 100 and 2 x 50’s which helped drive the Eastern Province team in their successful week. These performances earned him selection in the elusive and prestigious SA Schools Cricket team as well as the Warriors Franchise Cubs team.
David was a leader in Upper house and on the sports field. He encouraged the junior cricketers around him and provided energy in every cricket environment and is a well-deserved recipient of Cricket Honours at College.