Whimple's Cameron Kidd targets a bright cricketing future
PUBLISHED: 13:43 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 20 December 2018
Whimple cricketer Cameron Kidd looks set to have an exciting time ahead of him.
The Whimple teenager was recently named as the latest winner of the Devon Cricket League’s Bob Bridges Young Player of the Year trophy, which has previously been won by future England players Chris Read (1994), Mark Lathwell (1991) and both Overton twins (jointly, in 2011).
So we decided to have a chat with the youngster about his cricketing life to date – and his future hopes.
We began by asking him what his recollections are of his first experiences of the sport.
Cameron said: “I first began playing cricket when I was about eight.
“The first memory of the start of my cricket was going to watch Ben [Whimple skipper Ben Silk], when he was dating Mum. She would score whilst Ben played cricket, so I would pick a bat up and start to mess around with a few people within the team or their sons and daughters.
“I remember playing in the back garden of my granny’s house and getting her to throw balls down at me and running between the wickets that we’d made. I must have only been about eight or nine.
“I was put forward to trial for East Devon when I was younger. I think it was Under-9s. I was successful and played for East Devon for a good few years, where I would have to re-trial every year. I trained to play for Devon U12s, but was unfortunate not to make the team that year.”
He continued: “This did not put me off playing or loving cricket. It just made me try harder and with East Devon U13s I had the chance to travel to Guernsey on tour, but, unfortunately, I was taken ill with meningitis which meant I had to miss out on my first cricket tour! But, once again, this did not dampen my enthusiasm for the sport.”
“My district level performance over the seasons meant I was recognised by county managers and was then selected to play for a few matches where I developed in cricket and made some invaluable friends.
“I remember one Sunday afternoon in 2016 when I had a phone call from Ben telling me that I had been invited to represent Devon in their development tour in South Africa in February 2017.
“The trip cost around £3,000 and my mum and family soon got on board with fundraising. I turned 15 whilst I was out in South Africa and I have some great memories from that tour.”
So were there any other sports that Cameron played when he was younger? He replies saying: “Cricket was my main sport and I would play football in the winter. I started playing a lot more sports when I started secondary school at Kings School in Ottery St Mary. I was playing many sports representing the school, including rugby, badminton, basketball, hockey, football and obviously cricket.”
Next up we asked him what his feelings were about winning the Bob Bridges trophy. Cameron said: “When my name was read out for the Bob Bridges award, I was very shocked but at the same time happy to get the award. This made me happy because of two reasons: one being a personal achievement and the other being an award for a Whimple Cricket Club member.”
So where does he hope to take his cricket in the future? He says: “At the moment I would like to spend another season with Whimple to continue my development.
“Perhaps in a year or two I can look to move on to challenge myself and see what my potential would be within the higher divisions and harder games.”
We then asked Cameron who, or what, has been the biggest influence on him and his developing cricket. He replies: “The biggest influence that has got me to where I am today within cricket is the easiest question of the all. Without thought, I would have to say Ben Silk; he influenced me to start playing cricket and has occupied a lot of his time for me.
“Whimple Cricket Club has also been a great support for me as well.
“Many of the players have given me guidance and lifted my spirits when I have perhaps felt I’ve not played at my best. I am aiming to take my cricket as far as it will take me – I’d love to perhaps one day play for England!”
We wish Cameron every success as he continues to take wickets and score runs!