Hurricane Harley: Zimbabwean cricketer Arthur Harley has started the 2016-17 Sydney Shires Cricket season with a bang after having spent the best part of 15 years out of the game. Picture: Simon BennettAfter being out of the sport for the best part of 15 years, Arthur Harley has started the 2016-17 Sydney Shires Cricket season with a bang.
The newcomer has two half-centuries in three innings as well as a six-wicket haul in his first game of the season.
Originally hailing from a farm just outside of Harare in Zimbabwe, Harley’s cricketing pedigree is undeniable, having played international cricket for his country at under 16’s level, including a tour to South Africa in early 1999.
“I just thoroughly enjoyed cricket at the time and obviously learned a lot going through,” he said.
“On those tours, it was really good in terms of the level of cricket and the sportsmanship and the friendships you get from it.
“I suppose there was an element of professionalism that was starting to come through at that age but to be honest, I just enjoyed it.”
The squad included future Zimbabwean national team membersHamilton Mazakadza and Stuart Matsikenyeri.
Harley first came to Australia in 2001 to study in Perth, before returning to Africa.
After getting married, he decided to move back to Australia in 2010, only playing cricket sporadically during since 2010.
Having settled in Kellyville, Harley said he got back into cricket for his two young children.
“By the looks of it, and it’s still very early, but they look like they love their sport, so I thought I’d get around a club environment,” he said.
“It’s for themto be associated with that culture and atmosphere and friendship.”
Hurricanes first grade captain Daniel Johnson said the 33-year-oldwas “a real find anda terrific guy who’s really embraced the club culture”.
Batting at number 10 in the first game for the Hurricanes after defending premiers Strathfield, Harley scored 64 off just 50 balls before being promoted to open the batting.
Averaging 56.3after three innings, Harley said he’s just looking to enjoy his cricket.
“It’s been very good coming back into it considering I haven’t played for a while,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of, dare I say,keeping the form I’m inbut it seems like a really good comp with a goodstandard of cricket being played.”
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