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The return of the prodigal son…Harry is back

The GDCC is pleased to report that Harry Evans is back with the Stags after two seasons in the Tasmania Premier League. While his results last season were excellent, the Tasmanian selectors were not prepared to pick Harry, so he has returned to Sydney and is in training for our first game on September 23.

Harry is congratulated by Elliot Richtor for his century against Manly in the 2014/15 season.

For those with short memories, Harry played for Gordon from 2006 to 2015 and scored 5,191 runs in all grades at an average of 38.74. In first grade Harry scored 3,667 runs at an average of 40.30. One of his most impressive statistics is his average is the third highest for Gordon in First Grade (over 3,000 runs) and beaten only by Charlie Macartney (48.10) and Charles Kelleway (45.88). Charles Kelleway was an Australian Test cricketer who played for Gordon from 1922 to 1934 after fighting on the Western front during the First World War. We all know Charlie Macartney.

Certain cricket commentators had made the point that all of Harry’s 9 centuries for Gordon were at Chatswood Oval, but he has now blown away that statistic by scoring five centuries in Tasmania last season for Kingsborough District Cricket Club. In total Harry scored 1090 runs last season at an average of 68.13 which included scores of 153, 145, 126, 116 and 110. The Tasmanian Shield team batting must be very strong!

While Harry was with us for 9 seasons we can easily forget that he is only 27 years of age and hopefully still has the opportunity to play first class cricket.

Harry will join a strong first grade batting line up for the coming season, while his bowling will also assist our attack. With Steve Colley taking on the reins again as captain, Harry will be able to provide a mentoring role for our younger first graders.

Welcome back Harry and we look forward to a few more centuries at Chatswood…or wherever he would like to score them.

Paul Stephenson


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