Gareth Harte: Durham sign South African top order batsman for the 2017 season

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Durham have signed South African top-order batsman Gareth Harte on a contract until the end of the season.

Harte, 24, impressed for the county’s second XI against Northants last week, scoring 183 off 218 balls as opener.

He can bat anywhere, but may replace opener Stephen Cook, who is joining up with South Africa ahead of the ODI series against England.

The former MCC Young Cricketer has previously played second XI cricket for Kent, Sussex, Middlesex and Somerset.

Harte could make his debut in Durham’s One-Day Cup match against Nottinghamshire on Thursday.

Durham are fourth in the One-Day Cup North Group, with three wins from five games.

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