Wednesday 18 June 2008 

Nottinghamshire's Harris Off On Loan To Gloucestershire

Nottinghamshire bowler AJ Harris is to join Gloucestershire on loan until the end of the 2008 season, the Trent Bridge club has announced.

Harris, in his benefit year at Nottingham, is expected to go straight into the Gloucestershire Gladiators squad to face the Glamorgan Dragons in tonight's Twenty20 Cup clash in Cardiff.

“Gloucestershire have given AJ the opportunity to play first team cricket which will be far more beneficial to him than playing for our Second Eleven,” said Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket Mick Newell.

“We have strength in depth in our bowling unit and the signing of Andre Adams and the emergence of Darren Pattinson has meant that AJ could find first team opportunities limited at Trent Bridge this season.”

Gloucestershire captain Jon Lewis commented: “At present our results are not going as planned, I feel that our seam bowlers have been under performing and need some more experience to help with the workload of the season. A fresh face will help to give us some impetuous for the rest of the season. AJ Harris is an experienced fast bowler with a good record and knowledge of winning competitions and I hope that he will enjoy his time here at Gloucestershire.”

34-year old Harris is an attacking swing bowler whose 49 wickets, including three 5 wicket-hauls, helped Notts win the Championship in 2005.

Gloucestershire Chief Executive, Tom Richardson adds: “We are endeavouring to get Andrew Harris registered for the game tonight against Glamorgan Dragons and we are also working on getting another bowler on loan very soon.”