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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
Group A: Gloucs v Derbyshire at Bristol - Jul 29
Derbyshire 274/5 Gloucs 20/0 (4.5/48 ov, target 284)
Group B: Lancashire v Middlesex at Blackpool - Jul 29
Middlesex 161 Lancashire 55/2 (10.1/50 ov)
Group A: Somerset v Durham at Taunton - Jul 29
Somerset 327/8 Durham 45/0 (6/50 ov)
Group A: Surrey v Yorkshire at The Oval - Jul 29
Surrey 265/8 Yorkshire 49/1 (9.3/50 ov)
3rd Investec Test: England v Australia at Birmingham - Jul 29-Aug 2
Australia 99/7 (29.2 ov)
Group B: Essex v Warwickshire at Chelmsford - Jul 29
Essex 87/0 (17.3/50 ov)
Group A: Northants v Leics at Northampton - Jul 29
Northants 63/2 (16.1/50 ov)
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