Harris excels with bat and ball

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James Harris

James Harris has made a dramatic start to his county career with Glamorgan

Teenager James Harris continued to rewrite the record books as he and ninth wicket partner Robert Croft batted Glamorgan into a useful position on the second day against Division Two leaders Nottinghamshire at Swansea.

In reply to Glamorgan’s 429 all out – the first time Nottinghamshire have conceded 400 this season – Stephen Fleming’s side had been reduced to 199 for five by the close – 230 behind needing another 81 to avoid the follow-on.

Following his feat of becoming the youngest player in county cricket history to take 10 wickets in a match – 12-118 against Gloucestershire last month – 17-year-old Harris became the youngest Glamorgan player to score a championship half-century.

In the end he was only 13 runs short of becoming the youngest century-maker in county championship history.

Harris, playing in only his fourth first-class match, shared in a 185-run stand in 55 overs with Robert Croft - who struck the seventh century of his career.

The pair produced a record ninth-wicket stand for Glamorgan against Nottinghamshire.

They had come together in the first over after tea on the first day with Glamorgan precariously placed at 193 for eight - but they went on to secure Glamorgan four batting points.

Robert Croft

Robert Croft was at his combative best © Getty Images

Harris, just 17 years and 21 days Harris, had to endure plenty of short-pitched bowling from Charlie Shreck.

But he displayed his all round qualities in reaching 50 from 160 balls with eight fours.

At the other end Croft soon followed Harris to his own landmark – a 158-ball century – his first three-figure score at his home ground.

The pair batted together for another 92 minutes in the morning before Croft was caught behind off Mark Ealham to leave Glamorgan 378 for nine.

It also gave Nottinghamshire a third bowling point in the last possible over.

But Glamorgan were not finished there. Harris and Dean Cosker, who was caught at slip off Graeme Swann, added 51 as Glamorgan’s last two wickets realised 236.

Nottinghamshire’s reply suffered a setback when Bilal Shafayat edged a wide Alex Wharf ball behind.

Jason Gallian and Mark Wagh put on 113 in 43 overs on a turning pitch, before Dean Cosker struck twice in consecutive overs.

The slow left-armer had Gallian well caught by Wharf above his head at mid-off and then Croft produced a stunning left-handed catch at slip to remove Fleming.

David Hussey was dropped in the space of two balls on 10 and 11 by substitute fielder Huw Waters at mid-on and wicket-keeper Mark Wallace off Cosker and Croft respectively.

But 20 minutes before the close Harris came on after 48 overs of uninterrupted spin and claimed the wickets of Wagh and Chris Read.

Wagh was trapped leg before wicket with the first ball of his spell, and Read was well caught at mid-wicket by Nicky Peng, completing a memorable day for the youngster.