Essex ace Harmer named as one of Wisden’s elite

POPULAR ESSEX ALL-ROUNDER, Simon Harmer, has been named amongst Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year.

The 31-year-old became the twenty-sixth Essex player to receive the accolade – the first being Frederick Bull, an off-break bowler who came to the fore with 85 wickets in 1896, 120 in 1897 then 101 in 1898 when he was handed the honour.  

Harmer has produced a string of stellar performances, making him a firm favourite with the Cloudfm County Ground crowd. He captained the Eagles to a dramatic Vitality Blast T20 title in 2019 as well as taking 83 Specsavers County Championship wickets as the club secured their second Division One title in three years.

Speaking to www.essexcricket.org.uk, a delighted Harmer said: “I think the biggest thing is the tradition that goes with this award.

“I can remember as a 12 or 13-year-old reading who the Wisden Cricketers of Year were and it’s a pretty prestigious list that’s been going for well over a hundred years.

“It’s something I am extremely proud of because it’s not something I set out to achieve, but when you have a good season and the team wins trophies, these things come along with it. I’m genuinely proud of what we’ve achieved as a team and what I have achieved personally as well.”

The list of previous Essex players to receive the honour is as follows;

1898: F.G. Bull

1902: C.P. McGahey

1904: W. Mead

1905: P.A. Perrin

1915: J.W.H.T. Douglas

1922: H. Ashton

1923: C.A.G. Russell

1934: M.S. Nichols

1939: K. Farnes

1947: T.P.B. Smith

1950: T.E. Bailey

1956: D.J. Insole

1972: B. Taylor

1974: K.D. Boyce

1974: K.W.R. Fletcher

1978: K.S. McEwan

1979: J.K. Lever

1980: G.A. Gooch

1987: J.H. Childs

1988: N.A. Foster

1991: M.E. Waugh

1998: S.G. Law

2003: N. Hussain

2012: A.N. Cook

2018: J.A. Porter

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Brian Jeeves

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