Cricket World Player of the Week - Simon Harmer
Simon Harmer has played a massive role in taking Essex to three titles in four seasons and led them to their maiden Vitality Blast triumph in 2019. The off break bowler continues to be the star performer for the side.
Simon Harmer has been the top wicket-taker for Essex with 34 wickets in the ongoing County Championship season. He has bowled at an average of 23 and an economy rate of 2.31.
UK's withdrawal from the European Union has meant that Harmer can now stake his claim for a spot in the South African team and he did take his first few steps towards it after representing Titans in South Africa's domestic season. However, that has not impacted his County returns as Harmer continues to pick up heaps of wickets.
With England struggling with quality spin bowlers at the moment, Harmer's consistent performances over the last few years in the County Championship, in not the most conducive conditions for spin bowling, truly stand out.
What. A. Catch. Simon Harmer, you're magic! ?— LV= Insurance County Championship (@CountyChamp) May 15, 2021
He finished with career-best first-class figures of 9/80, as Essex toppled Derbyshire for 146!
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Harmer's efforts have taken Essex to the top spot in the County Championship 2021 Group 1 points table. The team has registered 2 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws from their 6 matches.
Harmer has already picked up three 5-wicket hauls from his first six matches in the ongoing County season. He bagged a 10-wicket match haul in Essex's match against Durham. Harmer pocketed figures of 9/80 against Derbyshire to take Essex to a massive victory by an innings and 15 runs.
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