Harry Frei

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Harry Frei
Personal information
Full name Harald Frei
Born (1951-05-01) 1 May 1951 (age 63)
Nuremberg, West Germany
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1982–1986 Queensland
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 37 13
Runs scored 489 10
Batting average 13.21 3.33
100s/50s 0/1 0/0
Top score 57 5
Balls bowled 7330 696
Wickets 91 13
Bowling average 38.00 33.38
5 wickets in innings 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 6–52 2–17
Catches/stumpings 19/0 4/0
Source: CricketArchive, 5 December 1986

Harald 'Harry' Frei (born 1 May 1951 in West Germany) is a former Australian first-class cricketer who represented Queensland.

Frei was originally an Australian rules footballer and appeared six times for Footscray during the 1973 VFL season. He later played with the North Launceston Football Club.

It wasn't until the age of 31 that he made his first-class cricket debut, picked to play against a Bob Willis led England XI. In a match that Queensland won, he dismissed Test player Graeme Fowler for single figures in both innings and as well as David Gower twice. Even though he was picked primarily as a fast-medium bowler, he managed to top score for Queensland with the bat in their first innings. His 57 runs, which came off just 36 deliveries and included five sixes, ended when he was bowled by Norman Cowans.[1]

As a result of his strong showing against England, Frei made his Sheffield Shield debut the following week and went on to take 20 wickets at 38.75 for the 1982/83 season.[2] He performed better in Queensland's 1983/84 shield campaign with 23 wickets at 24.08, helping them to their inaugural Final which they lost to Western Australia.[3] Frei took 30 wickets and played in another final in 1985/86 before his form began deteriorating. He managed just eight wickets at 67.37 the following season and never represented Queensland again.[4]

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