Harriet's Big Day Out
Harriet Bell loved her cricket. And in a time before the creation of the Perth Scorcher’s Girls League, Harriet chose to play cricket in a mixed team at the Quinns Rocks Junior Cricket Club.
When Under 14’s came around in Season 2009/2010, Harriet was part of a pretty strong team. With future stars like Matthew Hatch and Nathan Alexandre is the team, the QRJCC Under 14’s were going to be in for a good season. But it was Harriet who would turn in a performance that would be long remembered.
It was the 12th of December, 2009; Round 5 of the season and Harriet’s team were taking on Joondalup-Kinross Gold, at Addison Park in Merriwa. Joondalup’s innings had begun fairly well and they were looking to build a big score on a notoriously slow outfield. But that was all about to change, thanks to Harriet.
On this particular day, thanks to player rotations, it was Harriet’s turn to bowl eighth in the Quinns bowling line-up. When Harriet came on to bowl, in the twentieth over of the morning, Joondalup had reached 3/53. By the end of Harriet’s first over, things would be completely different.
Harriet’s spell began slowly enough, with a no-ball, a single and a two being scored off her first three deliveries. But then Harriet struck. The fourth and fifth balls of her over netted wickets, and she narrowly missed her hat-trick before picking up a wicket with her sixth delivery. Joondalup had slumped to 6/57 and batsmen were scurrying to get their pads on as quickly as they could. Harriet already had the figures of 3/4, but there were more wickets to come.
Harriet’s next over was a wicket maiden, picking up a dismissal on the sixth delivery and giving her 4/4. Her third over of the day went for just two runs, before Harriet claimed wickets in her fourth and fifth overs to finish her spell with the incredibly impressive figures of 6 wickets for just 8 runs, resulting in Joondalup being dismissed for a total of 111.
Not only had Harriet dismissed the top scorer for Joondalup, caught by Jordan Tate, she’d cleaned bowled batter’s 6, 7 and 8 and picked up a further two dismissals with catches taken by Nathan Alexandre. The full scorecard of Joondalup’s innings is shown below.
After scoring 212 runs in their first innings, Quinns had won this game handsomely, thanks in large part to Harriet’s match turning efforts with the ball.
Impressively, Harriet’s efforts on this day remain the best bowling performance by any player, male or female, at the Quinns Rocks Junior Cricket Club, since the Club began in 1984. Her figures of 5 overs, 1 maiden, 6 wickets for 8 runs have remained unbeaten by any player since Harriet’s ‘big day out’ with the ball at Addison Park on the 12th of December, 2009.