David Harris, as a 15 year old left hand batsman and wicketkeeper with special talent, who after strenuous opposition from rival clubs for his services, chose to come to Richmond from Geelong to play in the Tiger’s Dowling Shield team of 1982.
A century against Prahran showed his class and he was a regular in Victorian under 16 and 19 teams of this period. David was playing for the Richmond senior team at 18 and in his debut season of 1984-85 he headed the District batting averages for all clubs in both the first and second grade competitions.
David went on to play 243 senior games for the Tigers scoring 7,508 runs with 10 centuries, the second highest aggregate in Richmond’s history. His highest score of 239 against Carlton in 1992-93 has only been bettered by a Richmond player on the Punt Road oval once, way back in 1881-82 by the Richmond Test Player Sam Morris. His exceptional concentration was again evident in 1994-95 when he scored 185 against South Melbourne. David was Club Champion twice, he won 4 Batting Awards and scored 500 or more runs in a season 6 times.
He captained the senior team for 8 seasons, with two of his greatest moments in cricket coming in the 1999-2000 grand final at the Albert Ground. After scoring a vital century he was the Richmond captain to hold aloft the Premiership Cup. David was also a member of the Tiger’s senior Premiership side of 1989-90. Although he rarely kept wickets at Richmond after his days as a Dowling Shield player, he was an excellent close to the wicket fieldsman and in this role picked up over 100 catches in the first eleven.
Between the seasons of 1989-90 and 1993-94 David played 8 First Class and Domestic One Day Games for Victoria, he was awarded Life Membership of the Richmond Cricket Club in 1997 and inducted into the club’s 2009 Hall of Fame.