Full name Simon Ross Harmer
Born February 10, 1989, Pretoria, Transvaal
Current age 27 years 346 days
Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, South Africa A, South African Universities, Warriors
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|Test debut||South Africa v West Indies at Cape Town, Jan 2-6, 2015 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v South Africa at Nagpur, Nov 25-27, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Eastern Province v Griqualand West at Port Elizabeth, Nov 5-7, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warriors v Cape Cobras at East London, Jan 12-15, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Eastern Province v Easterns at Port Elizabeth, Feb 6, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warriors v Knights at East London, Feb 7, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Eastern Province v Western Province at Port Elizabeth, Nov 6, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Border v Easterns at East London, Sep 9, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/102, 5, 1/36||Warriors||v Cape Cobras||East London||12 Jan 2017||FC|
|3, 0/82||Warriors||v Dolphins||Durban||5 Jan 2017||FC|
|0, 2/22, 4, 1/62||Warriors||v Knights||Port Elizabeth||3 Nov 2016||FC|
|2/105, 28, 4/92, 42*||Warriors||v Lions||Johannesburg||27 Oct 2016||FC|
|21*, 2/176||Warriors||v Cape Cobras||Cape Town||20 Oct 2016||FC|
|3/31, 4, 4/63||Warriors||v Titans||Port Elizabeth||11 Oct 2016||FC|
|0/124, 22, 0||Warriors||v Dolphins||East London||5 Oct 2016||FC|
|2/12||Border||v Easterns||East London||9 Sep 2016||T20|
|0/5, 59, 3/51||Warriors||v Lions||Port Elizabeth||7 Apr 2016||FC|
|3/25, 24, 2/22||Warriors||v Knights||Kimberley||31 Mar 2016||FC|
An aggressive offspinner seldom finds a place in South African cricket but Simon Harmer was determined to be different. He carved a niche for himself at the Warriors franchise after he moved to the Eastern Cape from his home on the Highveld, where he was schooled at Pretoria Boys' High School, the alma mater of Eddie Barlow.
Harmer made his first-class debut for provincial Eastern Province in the 2009/10 summer and was soon promoted to the franchise team. Two seasons later, he was topped the first-class competition bowling charts with 44 wickets at 31.75 for the Warriors but could not stake a claim for higher honours with Paul Harris in the national side.
Instead, Harmer made regular appearances for the A side and was left to work on other areas of his game. He added lower-order impetus with the bat to his repertoire, with a first-class hundred and several fifties, but still could not break through.
It was only when the South African attitude towards spin turned, and they began to look to include more than one in a squad, that Harmer came into contention again. But by then, he had a competitor. In the 2013/14 season, Harmer was the second-highest wicket-taker in the 2013/14 season after Dane Piedt - and Piedt was selected ahead of him to tour Zimbabwe in August 2014.
Harmer only his find his way into the South African side when Piedt was injured during the home series against West Indies the following season. He made his international debut in the 2015 New Year's Test and too seven wickets in the match. He toured with South Africa to Bangladesh in July that year and was included as one of three spinners to play against India in November 2015.
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