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In Western Australia’s current Sheffield Shield match-up with Tasmania, fast-bowler Lance Morris picked up career-best figures of 5/94 in Tasmania’s first innings.
Just in case Western Australia didn’t already have enough young-gun pacemen (Matt Kelly, Aaron Hardie, Cameron Green, Liam Guthrie, Jhye Richardson and David Moody), Morris, 22, adds another level of depth in WA’s line-up.
Hailing from Dunsborough, two and a half hours south west of Perth, Morris began playing for Scarborough Cricket Club at the age of 17.
In recent times, Morris has performed very well in the WACA First Grade, averaging 17.18 with the ball in 11 matches in the 2019-20 season. This earned him his first senior contract with Western Australia this year. Also, he has made a name for himself in the eastern states, playing six games for the Melbourne Stars in BBL|09.
This year has started off well for Morris, making his Sheffield Shield debut against South Australia in Round 1 and his second game against Tasmania in Round 3.
His recent 5/94 included the prized scalps of Australian internationals Jackson Bird, Ben McDermott and current Test captain Tim Paine.
Since the most recent Big Bash, Morris has adopted speed demon Shaun Tait’s nickname, ‘The Wild Thing’.
Although the nickname has been around him for many years now, it got picked up by the Australian media in January of this year when Morris represented the Melbourne Stars against hometown rivals, the Melbourne Renegades.
On the last ball of his first over, Morris bowled outside off to Shaun Marsh who then played a cover drive straight to the fielder.
Marsh’s bat snapped in half longways causing many Australian broadcasters and members of the cricket community to popularise the Western Australia young gun’s nickname further.
The nickname first originated in November 2017 during a Tour match against England where his unpredictable bouncers at the WACA were likened to those of Tait.
Lance Morris’ journey from Dunsborough Cricket Club to getting a 5fa in the Sheffield Shield is fantastic for both metropolitan and regional Western Australia cricket fans.
His talent is immense, and his name should be one to keep an eye out for for many years to come on the domestic cricket scene.