Born in Underwood on December 6th, 1908, Charles Browmar Harris was a right hand batsman and right-arm medium-pace bowler.
In August 1924 he accepted an offer the join the Trent Bridge ground staff for the following season. He played only twice for the 2nd XI in his initial season making just 13 runs in 4 innings.
In 1926 and 1927 however he was a regular member of the side and performed usefully, if not spectacularly. Two centuries for the 2nd XI plus 15 wickets at 15 runs each in 1928 led to his baptism in first-class cricket.
The Nottingham Journal wrote: 'When on Saturday I arrived at Trent Bridge for the Yorkshire match, I found the Nottinghamshire team selectors in difficulties, for with only five minutes or so remaining before the start of play, they were still concerned with the problem of choosing the side. Larwood, Stapes and Gunn, it appeared, were all on the injured list and unable to play. Payton and Keeton were still unfit and the services of Matthews were also unavailable." Despite this terribly weak position Nottinghamshire managed to draw the match and Harris, coming in at No. 8 made 6 not out. His only other game of 1928 was the final match at Cardiff when he played for Sam Staples who had sciatica.
In the Championship season of 1929, Harris made a solitary appearance but failed to score and in 1930 his efforts were entirely confined to the Second team, though he was also playing for Gainsborough Britannia in the Bassetlaw League.
His re-introduction into the county side in 1931 was almost a carbon copy of his 1928 debut as Larwood, Sam and Arthur Staple and Voce were all injured when they faced Yorkshire at Trent Bridge.
Harris was awarded his county cap on 22nd August 1931 and celebrated with a score of 64, his highest to date.
Harris partnership with Keeton began in 1932. The famous pair opened together for the first time in the second innings of the first game of the campaign versus Sussex. When George Gunn suffered his tragic injury in the second game, Harris slipped into his place as Keeton's permanent partner. They would go onto make 45 three figure opening stands.
It was not until June 3rd, 1933 that Harris scored his first hundred in important cricket. He chose a suitably important occasion for this milestone, the Whitsuntide match against Surrey in making 132 out of 267, in front of a crowd of 11,000.
Harris would make more than 150 for Nottinghamshire on five occasions: 234 v Middlesex (Trent Bridge, 1933), 153 v Essex (Trent Bridge, 1934), 179 v Surrey (The Oval, 1938), 196 v Essex (Trent Bridge, 1939), 239* v Hampshire (Trent Bridge, 1950).
He failed to score a single hundred in 1935 but still scored 1,700 runs with an average of 37.15 Six others made 1,000 that year without a century, but all had averages under 30. Keeton was absent for half the summer, so that Harris's utter dependability was of even more value to the team.
The war found Harris playing for Yeadon with considerable success in the Bradford League and in 1946 he returned to Trent bridge staff. The first post-war summer was a poor batting one for Nottinghamshire, who relied heavily on Keeton and Harris for their runs, the pair duly produced them.
Illness reduced Harris' cricket in 1947 and in August he was forced to undergo an operation. In 1948 he again missed several matches and his best innings was 146 Glamorgan.
Against Worcetershire he surprised everyone by coming on as a fourth change and taking 5 wickets for 19 - his bowling which had been almost dormant for a decade and a half came briefly back into the headlines.
During 1949, Simpson took over as Keeton's opening partner and Harris generally came at no. 5, illness again prevented him from appearing in several matches. In 1950, his last full year, he saved the side versus Somerset at Weston. Three wickets had gone for 15, when Harris arrived to make 88 in a stay of 190 minutes. His great innings was against Hampshire when he was restored to open the innings and carried his bat out of the highest total of his career - 239* - the next best innings was 48.
His final first-class match for Nottinghamshire was against Hampshire at Trent Bridge starting July 11th, 1951. He scored 18,823 first class runs in 362 games for Nottinghamshire. He also took 196 wickets at an average of 42.83.
In August 1951, the Club offered Harris £300 to terminate his contract, which had a year to run, this he agreed to do and in 1952 he was engaged by the West of Scotland Club. In 1953 ill health forced him to retire from active cricket and in 1954 he appeared on the first-class umpire's list, but illness compelled him to resign after four matches.
Harris died in Nottingham on 8th August, 1954. One of the most cheerful and companionable of cricketers his loss a the early age of 45 was deeply mourned.