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David Harris      

Full name David Harris

Born 1755, Elvetham, Hampshire

Died May 19, 1803, Crookham, Hampshire (aged 48 years)

Major teams Hampshire

Batting style Left-hand bat

Profile

"Good" David Harris was a right-arm fast bowler of renown, described by John Nyren as "masculine, erect and appalling", who changed the game almost single handed. He practised bowling on a length and got balls to spit at batsmen - cricket until that time had been largely played on the ground - leaving victims' fingers "ground to dust against bat, his bones pulverised, and his blood scattered over the field." The result was that the old hockey-style bats soon gave way to the modern-style flat-faced types. The other change was that forward defensive shots became necessary to counter the bowling, and the new types of bats were more suited to that as well.

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Country Fixtures Country Results
Gloucs v Durham at Bristol - Apr 21-24
Gloucs 303 & 175/3 (53 ov) Durham 419
Hampshire v Yorkshire at Southampton - Apr 21-24
Hampshire 455 Yorkshire 231 & 178/3 (61 ov) (f/o)
Lancashire v Somerset at Manchester - Apr 21-24
Lancashire 109 & 423/7 (149 ov) Somerset 278
Leics v Glamorgan at Leicester - Apr 21-24
Leics 420 & 200/3 (56 ov) Glamorgan 426
Middlesex v Essex at Lord's - Apr 21-24
Middlesex 507/7d & 239/3d Essex 295 & 19/0 (6 ov, target 452)
Warwickshire v Surrey at Birmingham - Apr 21-24
Warwickshire 332 & 162/4 (57 ov) Surrey 437
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