Howzat for an effort against ex-England star?

Alnwick cricketer Dave Wright. Picture by Steve Miller
Alnwick cricketer Dave Wright. Picture by Steve Miller

Alnwick cricketer David Wright spun himself a great tale to tell – by dismissing a former England star for a second-ball duck.

On Saturday, the 46-year-old from Seahouses took the wicket of two-time Ashes winner Steve Harmison, who is currently playing for Ashington.

David, a right-arm spinner, sent Harmy back to the pavilion with a caught-and-bowled dismissal.

But while he was delighted with that, he was even more pleased to survive a hostile spell of bowling from Harmison – previously considered to be one of the world’s best fast bowlers – on his way to an unbeaten 34.

He said: “It was great to be able to go home and tell my little lad that I got Harmison out but I was more chuffed with my batting against him.

“It was a thrill to face him and he came at me pretty hard for a few overs.

“He still has a long run up and he was very rapid and he bowled a few bouncers but I managed to survive.

“I was more pleased with my batting, but it was nice to get him out. He didn’t play the best shot to be honest. He knocked it back to me quite hard and I managed to hold onto it.”
David says that the match was slipping away from Alnwick at the time and Ashington went on to win the league fixture.

Earlier in the season, Alnwick’s young bowler Jonny Roxburgh had Harmison’s wicket with his first ball, dismissing Harmy for 17 in a Division A2 League Cup Group One match.