Still on the right side of 30 years old, Harrison – or Desmond as Cricinfo informs me he is sometimes known – has notched more than 250 scalps in 102 first class games, with a best of 7-45 against Worcestershire last year. He falls two short of 100 List A wickets (98 at 30.26). To complete the set of statistics, Twenty20 – 21 at 33.66.
I’m sure there are plenty of batsmen in Division Two that will be breathing easier knowing that a 6ft 4 South Walian won’t be powering in from the River Taff End. And it is equally disappointing that Glamorgan no longer have such a weapon in their attack. But perhaps this weekend saw a glimpse of the Dragons’ pace future.
Harrison will remain at the SWALEC in a coaching capacity, which will see his 13 seasons of county – and England A – experience passed on to the new generation of Welsh quicks. And one man at the front of the queue right now is Will Owen, a great performance at Old Trafford versus Lancashire most recently behind him.
A week ago, Owen was subjected to a slight hammering down at Taunton. Slight, in the sense that his two overs went for 40 runs. But he came back in Manchester with 3-24 in six overs to stifle Lancashire’s rain-affected chase. He’s only 22 and so becomes the latest in a LONG LINE of those younger and better than me…
The win at Old Trafford was cemented with a dominant ton from Gareth Rees, a man coming into form nicely right about now across both four-day and one-day formats. Alviro Petersen looks as if he’s also coming to the boil too, with 88 in an abandoned game against Essex before a 44 at Old Trafford.
All of this is, naturally, underpinned by the return of Jim Allenby. Let’s ignore an understated contribution with the bat (although a brisk 30 off 39 at Lancashire is hardly poor), but Allenby certainly helped Owen to keep the hosts in check with a return of 2-26 off 6.1. In Jim We Trust.
Both Allenby and Owen are in the squad for the County Championship match-up with Kent at the SWALEC, which is followed by a Clydesdale 40 game against the Gloucestershire Gladiators in Cardiff on 15 May. Such convenient scheduling – it surely resulted in instant dismissal for someone at ECB Towers.