Simon Harmer Castle Will Young.© Twitter
While English courts are famous for their seams and rotation, County games often produce some incredible serves from spinning players. While the camera is in English Matt Parkinson usually artists, provided several candidates for the “ball of the century”, the newest candidate for the unofficial contest from South Africa off-spinner Simon Harmer. Bowling for Essex against Northamptonshire in Division 1 of the County Championship, Harmer produced a peach serve leaving New Zealand Will Young completely trezled.
Harmer, in the fourth inning of the game, threw the ball over the edge of goal. Wide enough for the Northamptonshire captain to cross a tree trying to leave the ball.
However, the ball spun sharply and hit the tree and caused Young to lose his hand.
Watch: Simon Harmer’s “ecstatic” delivery with Will Young
That. To be. Cruel.
– LV = Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) September 29, 2022
It was just the beginning of Harmer’s great spell as he bowled Essex with a 47-time win.
He finished with six shots in the fourth inning as Northamptonshire was beaten by 163 points, chasing a goal of 211.
Half a century from captains Tom Westley and Ben Allison helped Essex post 263rd in their first inning.
After that, Allison went on to get five points as Essex led 100 runs in the first half.
Jack White’s six-stroke result then meant Essex were beaten 110, setting a target for Northamptonshire at 211.
But Harmer’s great spell on Day 4 helped Essex win.
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