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Hemp in frame for Cleveland vacancy

Hemp is a target for Cleveland County

David Hemp, the former Glamorgan and Bermuda cricket captain, is among the candidates being considered for the vacant coaching job with Cleveland County.

The post became vacant this week when Clay Smith opted not to stay on beyond his contract that expired at the end of last season.

Carlton Smith, the Cleveland president, said that the former Bermuda captain had notified the club on Monday that he was no longer able to continue as Cleveland’s coach after taking the reins of the Bermuda Under-19 side, as well as continuing his coaching duties with the senior team.

Smith confirmed yesterday that Hemp is among the shortlist of candidates for the job.

“David Hemp is one of the options we’re looking at,” Smith said. “He is coaching in Australia but is available during our season so we are looking into the possibility of him coming here to coach at Cleveland.

“He is one of three or four potential coaches we’re looking at but as of now nothing is confirmed.”

Hemp was born in Smith’s, the parish where Cleveland are based, but has never played at club level in Bermuda.

“He was born on Knapton Hill and so he is eligible to play Eastern Counties,” Smith added.

“We have actually invited him to play counties for us in the past but he was always unavailable because of his commitments with Glamorgan.”

Hemp has been coaching Australian women’s team VicSpirit since succeeding Barry Neivandt in the role in June 2015 and also had a coaching stint at Solihull School in England after retiring from English county cricket in 2008.

He made his Bermuda debut in 2006 against Kenya at the ICC Intercontinental Cup in Nairobi where he scored a Bermuda record and unbeaten 247 against the Netherlands which stood as a tournament record until the Dutch team’s next match, when Ryan ten Doeschate scored 259 not out. Hemp then represented Bermuda at the 2007 World Cup where he scored an unbeaten 76 against India at Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain, the first-ever 50 scored by a Bermuda player at that level.

At World Cup qualifiers in South Africa in 2009, Hemp amassed the most runs (557), led the batting averages (185.67) and stroked the highest individual score of 170 against Uganda — one of three unbeaten centuries he achieved at the tournament having scored 124 against Oman and 107 against Kenya.