Young Lion Harris on brink of historic landmark

Seam bowler James Harris will look to celebrate his recall to the England Lions squad for the forthcoming series against Sri Lanka A by becoming the youngest Glamorgan player to reach 200 first-class wickets.

Harris, 21, goes into Glamorgan’s LV County Championship match against Northamptonshire, starting on Wednesday July 27, needing only one more victim to get to 200. Harris has so far taken 185 first-class wickets for Glamorgan plus 14 for other English representative teams.

Only 24 bowlers in the history of the game worldwide have reached this landmark at a younger age and Harris will smash the Glamorgan record, currently held by Darren Thomas who claimed his 200th first-class wicket for the Welsh county aged 23 years and 201 days.

Harris is back in the Lions side after a useful summer so far which has seen him take 35 first-class wickets at an average of 25.45. That was after he toured the West Indies with the Lions in January,

He will be in the squad for a four-day match in Scarborough from August 2-5, which is followed by a three-match one-day series which is staged at Worcester on August 12 and 14 and at Northampton on August 16.

“I’m very happy to have got the recall,” said Harris. “I had a pretty good tour to the West Indies in January and was hoping to be selected this summer, but there’s a good squad of English bowlers to pick from.

“With a couple of good performances I can hopefully be knocking on the door of the senior side soon. I’m in the right place and being seen by the right people – the main thing now is that I keep performing well for Glamorgan.”

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