New Year’s Day, 2018. 21-year-old Tim David makes his Perth Scorchers debut in front of a sold-out WACA crowd. David ended up scoring a quickfire 17 off ten not out to secure the Scorchers a last over victory against the Sydney Sixers.
Ever since that day, he has been growing and developing his skills as a quality batting all-rounder – even in the most unusual of circumstances.
David has lived in Perth for most of his life and has represented local club Claremont-Nedlands since day one. David made a name for himself at an early age in both the Western Australia First Grade competition as well as the Western Australia Private Schools Association’s Darlot Cup. At 20, David had begun representing WA’s second team in the Toyota Futures League.
He first began to raise eyebrows of many a cricket fanatic around the country when he scored a fantastic 137 in the Futures League against South Australia. This was a crucial innings in his career as – in late 2017 – a touring England team would be playing against a Western Australia XI in a two-day game in preparations for the upcoming Ashes Test in Perth.
Fortunately David was chosen to play in this tour match and managed to somewhat hold his own, scoring a solid 39 before being dismissed by young gun Mason Crane. Also, at around the same time David played for the Perth Scorchers against a visiting England Lions squad in a T20 and scored a great score of 55 off 39 deliveries.
This success caused David to make his Perth Scorchers debut at the start of 2018. He continued to represent the Scorchers for the rest of the season, even helping lead the side to the semi-finals of the 2017-18 Big Bash League season. In the 2018-19 season, David became the back-up batsman in the Scorchers line-up.
He was also offered his first Western Australia Rookie contract. Unfortunately he got little to no playing time for WA, having still to this day not made his Sheffield Shield debut. On top of that, for the current 2019-20 season David was not offered a contract for Western Australia or any other state.
David comes from a cricketing family as his father Rod David represented Singapore in the 1997 International Cricket Council Trophy and is currently president of Claremont-Nedlands Cricket Club. Due to his father’s family, David has always been able play for the Singapore National Team, but he is usually too busy training with Western Australia.
However – as David was not offered a Western Australia contract for the 2019-20 season – he decided to represent Singapore in 2019.
Nevertheless it has to be mentioned that he has been in great form recently, as in October 2018 he scored 183 for Claremont-Nedlands against South Perth. Plus in the 2018-19 season David lead Claremont-Nedlands to victory in the WACA First Grade competition alongside Joel Paris, Mat Kelly, Nick Hobson and Jim Allenby.
As of today David has played for Singapore in 12 T20 Internationals – averaging 37.09 – with a top score of 77. Also, David has been quite handy with the ball picking up three wickets along the way. He has been a key player in the 2020 T20 World Cup qualifiers, the T20 Tri-Series against Nepal and Zimbabwe and the Asia Cup qualifiers.
David’s selection to the side has led to Singapore making global headlines as they defeated strong cricketing nations such as Bermuda, Scotland and even Zimbabwe.
Currently Singapore are in sixth position in their group of seven for the 2020 T20 World Cup qualifiers but – with 14 matches still to come before the end of the group stage and with only four points between first placed Papua New Guinea and them – it’s still anyone’s game.
In conclusion, at age 23 Perth boy Tim David has achieved a plethora of international cricketing success this year. Not bad for someone who didn’t even receive a state contract.