Harry Chamberlain bats back for Canterbury

22 Jul 2021

Old Boy Harry Chamberlain (13967) has won a professional contract with Canterbury for the 2021–22 season following an impressive return to top-level cricket.

Harry, who was at College from 2009–2013, shone in the Plunket Shield competition this year, with a stylish innings of 132 runs, including 18 fours and a six, over six hours.

The 25-year-old right-hander has overcome injury following an outstanding age-group career while at College and Canterbury A success as a top-order batsman.

Harry recalls that College “gave me good facilities and coaching to help develop my game”.

“It also provided good opportunities to help me succeed and grow, through 1st XI cricket, traditional games and overseas trips,” he says. “My 1st XI coach, Warren Lidstone, was always very good to talk to and would make the game simple, remind you of the fundamentals, as – at times – you can overcomplicate the game in your own head.”

Harry says that outside College, former Blackcaps Peter Fulton (11423) and Shanan Stewart have both been very influential mentors over the years.

He also credits his father – Old Boy Don Chamberlain (9300) – for his success.

“Apart from throwing me a lot of balls when I was younger, he has always supported me throughout my career. Which has meant a lot, as there have been lots of up and downs along the road. Also, having watched a lot of my cricket, he has picked up key aspects to my batting over the years and is never afraid to speak his mind.”

Harry’s brothers, Sam (13680) and Ben (14418), also attended College.

Harry aims to continue to grow and develop as a player as he looks forward to his upcoming Canterbury season.

“Entering a successful team and strong environment such as Canterbury, I want to contribute to the team and help them win games and titles,” he says.

“Longer-term, I would love to represent our country and play for the Blackcaps.”

Harry urges young cricketers coming to College to never “limit yourself – there are opportunities for everyone”.

“You have an awesome platform and pathway at College. If you work hard and stick at it, you will get your opportunity and, hopefully, you can take it.”