Memorable ten-wicket haul for Harris

Derbyshire Cricket 2014, A J Harris, academy coach
Derbyshire Cricket 2014, A J Harris, academy coach
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Buxton’s former County professional AJ Harris played a starring role for his club side last weekend as he sealed a remarkable and historic ten-wicket haul.

Derbyshire CCC Academy Director Harris, aged 40, turned out for Tintwistle against Broadbottom on Saturday in Division One of the PS Derbyshire & Cheshire League.

By the end of the match he was walking off to applause all round, having collected all ten wickets – the first time it has happened in Tintwistle’s 179-year history.

Harris admitted afterwards it was a “lucky wicket” that kicked off proceedings, as the Broadbottom batsman dragged the ball onto his own stumps.

However, once he was into his swing there was no stopping the former Derbyshire man.

Further wickets fell at regular intervals including a leading edge caught at cover and the odd LBW which saw the haul increase.

With the realisation that the wicket was slow and hard to play on, Harris then turned to slower balls and cutters to try and make life even harder for the batsmen.

Having disposed of nine visiting batsmen, he returned to his mark with the ball in his hand and one last delivery remaining to take the final wicket.

Broadbottom’s number 11 tried a swipe to leg and the back-pedalling mid-wicket fielder made no mistake, sparking wild celebrations between Harris and his team-mates.

The memorable feat was achieved in just 11 overs and for the loss of just 24 runs.

To cap a memorable day, Tintwistle reached their target with consummate ease as they romped to victory, losing just three wickets.

Harris tweeted his pride after achieving the feat: “An incredibly proud day! “I am very emotional after such a special day.”