Simon Harmer

Country: South Africa
Born: February 10, 1989, Pretoria, Transvaal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Simon Harmer Bio

Simon Ross Harmer is a talented cricketer hailing from South Africa. Born on December 10, 1988, Harmer has had a remarkable journey in his cricketing career, experiencing both highs and lows.

Harmer began his cricketing journey by making his first-class debut for Eastern Province in the 2009-2010 season. It didn’t take long for him to catch the eye of the selectors, and he was soon promoted to the franchise team at Warriors. In just his second season at Warriors, Harmer emerged as the leading wicket-taker in the first-class competition, showcasing his exceptional bowling skills. With 44 wickets at an average of 31.75, he proved himself to be a force to reckon with.

Despite his impressive performances, Harmer faced fierce competition from established spinners, such as Paul Harris, and struggled to make it to the national side. However, his consistent performances earned him a spot in South Africa’s A-team, where he further honed his skills and strengthened his game. Additionally, Harmer showcased his batting abilities, notching up several fifties and even a first-class hundred, making him a valuable all-rounder.

Harmer’s breakthrough finally came when the South African cricket fraternity underwent a shift in their attitude towards spin bowlers in the mid-2010s. This change in mindset paved the way for Harmer to receive a call-up to the Test side as a second spin option behind Dane Piedt. However, it was not until Piedt got injured during the home series against West Indies in 2015 that Harmer got his chance to don the national colors.

Making his debut in the New Year’s Test of 2015, Harmer made an instant impact, taking seven wickets and impressing both critics and fans alike. He continued to showcase his talent during South Africa’s tour of Bangladesh and India later that year, where he finished with impressive bowling figures.

Unfortunately, Harmer’s international career hit a roadblock, as he struggled to find a place even in the South Africa A side. Faced with limited opportunities, he made the difficult decision to sign a Kolpak deal with Essex County Cricket Club in England. This move proved to be a turning point in his career as Harmer flourished in county cricket.

In his debut season for Essex, Harmer played a pivotal role in the county’s first Championship title win in 25 years, taking a remarkable 72 wickets at an average of under 20 each. He continued his brilliant form the following season, contributing 57 wickets as Essex battled to defend their title. Moreover, Harmer showcased his all-round skills by leading the team to their first T20 Blast success, exhibiting his prowess with both bat and ball.

In a surprising turn of events, Harmer received a call-up to the South African Test side in 2022 for the two-match series against Bangladesh. South Africa deployed two spinners, including Harmer and Keshav Maharaj, and the duo wreaked havoc, claiming 29 of the 40 wickets on offer. Harmer played an integral role in this remarkable victory, bowling unchanged in two of the four innings and displaying immense control and skill.

Simon Harmer’s cricketing journey is a testament to his resilience and determination. From battling for a place in the national side to gaining prominence in county cricket, Harmer exemplifies the importance of perseverance. With his exceptional bowling skills, handy batting abilities, and an unwavering passion for the game, Harmer has solidified his place as a talented cricketer, both in South Africa and abroad.

Simon Harmer Career Stats

Simon Harmer Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 10 14 2 221 47 18.41 624 35.41 0 0 19 1 4 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 205 301 59 5927 102* 24.49 12407 47.77 2 31 685 61 208 0
List A 98 83 25 1223 68 21.08 1248 97.99 0 1 95 30 64 0
T20s 175 104 35 1098 43 15.91 862 127.37 0 0 79 37 97 0

Simon Harmer Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 10 16 2105 1075 39 4/61 7/124 27.56 3.06 53.9 4 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 205 358 49133 23431 902 9/80 15/207 25.97 2.86 54.4 39 57 14
List A 98 95 4734 3858 100 4/42 4/42 38.58 4.88 47.3 1 0 0
T20s 175 165 3252 4136 155 4/18 4/18 26.68 7.63 20.9 5 0 0

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