Big-hit­ting Har­ris will be chas­ing bound­aries

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

IT’S her fourth sea­son play­ing for the Bris­bane Heat in the WBBL, but trav­el­ling around the coun­try, play­ing the game she loves pro­fes­sion­ally and hear­ing young fans yell her name from the bound­ary still has a sur­real el­e­ment to it for Grace Har­ris.

“I feel pretty proud and pretty priv­i­leged, to be hon­est, to have the younger girls and younger boys know who you are,” said the 25-year-old big hit­ting bat­ter.

“I’ve played a lot of cricket in a lot of years where the younger fans only knew the Chris Lynns and the Bren­don McCul­lums,” she said.

“So it’s pretty cool to hear a young kid call out ‘go Grace’ or ‘good luck for the next game’.

“It’s re­ally en­cour­ag­ing and shows how far we’ve come in the women’s space in cricket.”

Har­ris said the amount of sup­port the team had in Mackay last week­end was “in­sane”.

“We’re hop­ing Cairns gets be­hind us pretty much the same, maybe even more.”

A swash­buck­ling right- han­der who can lay claim to records in­clud­ing the first ever WBBL cen­tury, as well as the fastest (42 balls), Har­ris is known for her no-frills ap­proach when at the crease.

Her gung-ho bat­ting style has earned her many an ad­mirer, no mat­ter where she plays.

The Heat open­ing bat said she had re­cently taken on a new motto with her bat­ting, mod­elled off the mantra of In­dian bat­ting stal­wart Viren­der Se­hwag.

“I just want to see the ball and hit it,” she said.

“I don’t re­ally care about form.”

With a pen­chant for find­ing the bound­ary line, Har­ris also ad­mits she isn’t too fond of ones and twos.

“I don’t want to run a lot be­tween the wick­ets,” she said.

“I just want to hit bound­aries, so I’m go­ing for that.”

SWASHBUCKLER: Grace Har­ris

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