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
2nd Investec Test: England v Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street - May 27-31
England 498/9d Sri Lanka 101 & 309/5 (84 ov) (f/o)
Northants v Essex at Northampton - May 28-31
Northants 444 Essex 274/2 (75 ov)
Notts v Durham at Nottingham - May 28-31
Notts 534 Durham 193/4 (45 ov)
Somerset v Surrey at Taunton - May 28-31
Surrey 264 & 94/6 (52 ov) Somerset 102
Sussex v Derbyshire at Hove - May 28-31
Derbyshire 150 Sussex 342/4 (90 ov)
Kent v Leics at Canterbury - May 29-Jun 1
Leics 340/8 (96 ov)
Middlesex v Hampshire at Northwood - May 29-Jun 1
Middlesex 342/3 (96 ov)
Worcs v Gloucs at Worcester - May 29-Jun 1
Worcs 341/8 (96 ov)
Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds - May 29-Jun 1
Yorkshire 301/9 (95.2 ov)
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