Time at the crease invaluable for Harris
HARWOOD V TUCABIA: Harwood's Doug Harris has been at the top of the Clarence River Cricket Association totem pole for several seasons but this summer the all-rounder has struggled to find form with the willow.
That was until Saturday when Harris, pushed up the order to number three to gain extra time at the crease, systematically took apart one of the best bowling attacks on the Clarence on his way to his first century in two seasons.
"I was a bit nervous at first, going out there at first drop," Harris said.
"My innings was a little scratchy for pretty much most of the innings. I got dropped pretty early on but I guess you need the luck to go your way when you get a big score.
"It was a pretty tricky wicket to get started on, there was definitely a bit of bounce for the seamers.
"There was a period halfway through the innings where I faced about five or six overs without scoring any runs but I got a couple of edges through a vacant slip region which was good just to have the runs ticking again. They filled the slips again which opened up a few gaps that I was able to work the ball into."
Harris, who has had several starts this season but failed to convert them into big totals, attributed the lack of runs to a general form slump which he hopes to have overcome during Saturday's innings.
"I guess we all have bad runs of form at different stages and I guess it is just my time," he said.
"I'm finding it harder and harder to get to training nowadays and things I guess I used to just take for granted.
"I guess you just have times like these but the time in the middle is pretty invaluable. I was given a chance to go up the order and I was happy to get a chance to help the team out by scoring runs."
It is the first century Harris has scored in front of his 18-month-old son Oscar who will be reminded of the innings in the years to come.
"It was my first century in front of the little one but he was none the wiser I bet," Harris said. "He was just happy when I got out so he could run around with dad's cricket bat."