Harmison warms up with a hat-trick

Despite being overshadowed initially by 2 other bowlers – Davies in the first innings and Plunkett taking 3 top-order wickets – Harmison today took his first 5-for for Durham against Worcestershire in 2 years, including a hat-trick (his second in his career – first being last year in an ODI). As excellent news this is, it should be noted that four of his wickets (including the hat-trick) were numbers 7, 9, 10 and jack.

It’s still very encouraging news – especially since he’s hitting the stumps. Four out of his five second innings wickets were bowled, and he took eight in the match. It’s early days, and means virtually nothing in terms of his form – but will give his confidence a massive boost, as it will David Graveney, chairman of selectors, who apparently was watching.

Perhaps more importantly, this was a crushing victory for Durham to go along with their other one against Leicestershire. If only Cricinfo was up, I could check Durham’s stats…