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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2nd Test: West Indies v England at St George's - Apr 21-25
West Indies 299 & 307 England 464 & 70/1
Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street
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Gloucs v Derbyshire at Bristol
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Hampshire v Notts at Southampton
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Lancashire v Kent at Manchester
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Leics v Northants at Leicester
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Somerset v Middlesex at Taunton
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Surrey v Essex at The Oval
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Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Leeds
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