Author: Dafydd Jones
Glamorgan Cricket have announced the signing of all-rounder James Harris on a two week loan deal from Middlesex.
The former Glamorgan bowler returns to Sophia Gardens ahead of the County Championship clashes against Northamptonshire and Kent.
A product of the Welsh county’s youth system, Harris made his first-class debut for the club in 2007 aged just 16.
Having impressed in the early stages of his career, the all-rounder became the youngest ever bowler to take ten wickets in a County Championship match.
Harris took an impressive 12/118 against Gloucestershire aged just 17.
In 2012, the all-rounder left Sophia Gardens to join Middlesex but returned on a short-term loan in 2014.
The 30-year-old Welshman has 148 first-class matches under his belt, taking 494 wickets at an average of 28.73.
Director of cricket, Mark Wallace, said, “We’re delighted to welcome James Harris back to Glamorgan for the next two weeks.
“We’ve suffered injuries to Ruaidhri Smith and Jamie McIlroy over recent weeks and Timm van der Gugten experienced muscle tightness during the Sussex match which has meant we’ve needed to strengthen the bowling department and bring cover in.
“James is a fantastic bowler with a very strong first-class record who knows the club inside out and will slot seamlessly into the squad.”
Commenting on his return to Sophia Gardens, Harris said, “It’s really exciting to represent my boyhood club again.
“Glamorgan is a club very close to my heart and when I found out there was an opportunity to join on loan I jumped at it.
‘”I know Mark Wallace and Matt Maynard really well and have a great respect for both of them and can’t wait to get started and hopefully contribute to the team for the next two weeks.”