Welcome to the official website of the Gentlemen of West London Cricket Club.
We were founded in 1988 by Mark Wynford Harvey Ashton, a legendary figure who dominated the club’s early and middle years, and a group of friends from the University of York who at the time were living in West London. The team was boosted by Mark’s younger brother Bob and sundry friends. Aside from the Ashtons, the early sides were abundantly untalented (the first seven games were lost) but the spirit was good and rewards were achieved with a brave draw and a win in July 1989. A few short weeks later, Bob Ashton died just 24 after a brief illness, causing grief beyond computation to his family and friends. The GWLCC carried on though, inspired by Mark’s vision and energy, and will do so for a long time to come.
This site is continuously being updated with reports and statistics charting our 29 seasons' history but please look around the content we've already added. If you would like to play us in 2017 then email the Secretary:
Gents 183-8 beat St. Anne's Allstars 69 by 114 runs.
Sunday 25th June 2017
The Gents were frustrated when Hale failed to raise a side and advised us too late for a replacement opposition to be sourced.
Sunday 18th June 2017
Hounslow Hurricanes 92-3 beat Gents 91 by 7 wickets.
Sunday 11th June 2017
Kingstonian 160 beat Gents 101 by 59 runs.
Sunday 4th June 2017
Gents 257-8 beat Northfields 145-5 by 112 runs.
Monday 29th May 2017
Gents 111-5 beat Gubbays
106 by 5 wickets.
Monday 22nd May 2017
Wimbledon United 176-8 beat Gents 53 by 123 runs.
Monday 15th May 2017
Millfields 190-5 beat Gents 186 by 5 wickets.
Monday 8th May 2017
Gents 154 beat Hounslow Hurricanes 152 by 2 runs.
Monday 1st May 2017
We welcome Hamza Pervez and Ahmed Khan to the squad.
Friday 14th April 2017
The Gents will have their second net sesion at Teddington SC on Sunday 26 March 12-2pm. Don't forget to put your clocks forward one hour.
Sunday 19th March 2017
We are sorry to have to report that the Urban Associates player Charlie Clift has died aged 56. His funeral on 10th March was attended by many former players. Charlie was a hard late-order hitter who put several games beyond the Gents in the 1990s. He died in a mountaineering accident in Scotland. May he rest in peace.
Wednesday 15th March 2017
Gent 155 is out today with details of nets, fixtures and a look back at the debuts of some club legends.
Tuesday 7th March 2017
The card is now complete. We play Mighty Wanderers on 4 June.
Saturday 4th March 2017
We will host White Swans (Southall) on 2 July. Contrary to rumours, they are alive and well.
Monday 19th February 2017
Nets have been arranged for 12-2 Sundays 12 March and 26 March at Teddington SC. Subject to demand, an Oval session will be arranged mid-season.
Sunday 15th January 2017
Sumit Kumar has indicated his intention to continue as Captain in 2017. Sanjay Patel has stood down his nomination and has indicated his full support for Sumit, who will therefore continue as Captain. Congratulations to Sumit and thanks to Sanjay for his selflessness.
Sunday 8th January 2017
Nineteen fixtures are now confirmed, including a return to Crown Taverners, who have reinstituted their Sunday side. The matter of the Captaincy is being resolved and an announcement should be made soon. Thank you for your patience.
Sunday 8th January 2017
Eleven fixtures are confirmed and others are being arranged. Sadly, White Swans (Southall) have folded.
Monday 5th December
The Committee of the Gentlemen of West London Cricket Club apologises both for the poor communication of the list of candidates for last Saturday’s election of Captain and the manner in which the voting was administered.
The Constitution of the Club states that “Nominations for officers of the Management Committee shall be sent to the Club Secretary before the AGM.” Since this was not done, the election was unconstitutional and has been declared null and void.
GWLCC will therefore now proceed to a new election of Captain. The Secretary will formally seek nominations in due course. Once nominations are received, the vote will be conducted electronically and administered by a third party unconnected to the Club.
All future elections and awards will be conducted by secret ballot.
The Committee hopes that these actions will be satisfactory to all Members and address their concerns.
Saturday 26th November
After a dramatic evening, Sanjay Patel was elected as captain, replacing Sumit Kumar, to whom thanks are due. The new vice-captain will be Praveen Bocha and the new treasurer Vamsee Krishna. Pavan Kota won batsman, bowler and all-rounder of the year, Karthik Jampala fielder and Praveen Bocha most improved.
Saturday 19th November
The AGM will be on Saturday 19th November at the Windermere pub by South Kenton tube followed by a meal at Club 182 in Wembley. Starting time 6.30pm.
Saturday 24th September
The Gents ended 2016 P21 W14 D1 L6. Top run-scorers were Pavan Kota (480), Captain Sumit Kumar (334), Treasurer Praveen Bocha (300) and Vice-captain Jonny Small (252). Stout work from the Commitee. Spin twins Kota (30) and Hemin Patel (25) took most wickets and Small (11 catches and 2 stumpings) most fielder dismissals.
Wednesday 21st September
Hale 127-8 beat Gents 125 by 1 wicket
Sunday 18th September
Gents 158-6 beat Salix 157-7 by 4 wickets
Sunday 11th September
Gents 210 beat Millfields 159-6 by 51 runs
Sunday 4th September
Gents 202 beat Battersea Eagles 125 by 77 runs
Sunday 28th August
Gents 257-5 dec. drew with Bricklayer's Arms 131-6
Sunday 21st August
Gents 206-8 beat Clapham In 167 by 39 runs
Sunday 14th August
Back copies of club magazine The Gent have been uploaded to the Fanzone.
Thursday 11th August
Gents 171-7 beat Pak 137-7 by 34 runs (T20)
Gents 178-6 beat Pak 79 by 99 runs (T20)
Sunday 7th August
Ashford 196 beat Gents 116 by 80 runs
Sunday 31st July
Gents 234-7 beat Monty RH 201-7 by 31 runs
Sunday 24th July
Bengal Troopers 185 beat Gents 121 by 64 runs
Sunday 17th July
Hounslow Hurricanes 137-7 beat Gents 136 by 3 wickets
Sunday 10th July
Gents 71-6 beat St. Anne's Allstars 69 by 4 wickets
Sunday 3rd July
Gents 122-9 beat Yarl 121-8 by 1 wicket
Sunday 26th June
Gents 146 beat Alexandra Park 77 by 69 runs
Saturday 18th June
Gents v. Hale cancelled (rain)
Sunday 12th June
Gents 223-9 beat Judd Street Tigers 202 by 21 runs
Sunday 5th June
Gents 87-3 beat White Swans (Southall) 86 by 7 wickets
Sunday 29th May
Northfields 238-3 beat Gents 237-9 by 7 wickets
Sunday 22nd May
Gents 139-7 beat Gubbays 135 by 3 wickets
Sunday 15th May
Gents 159-5 beat Wimbledon United 157-7 by 5 wickets.
Sunday 8th May
Bengal Troopers 244 beat Gents 100 by 144 runs
Sunday 1st May
The Gents have signed Pavan Kota as an all-rounder for 2016.
Monday 21st March
Seventeen members and one guest attended the Annual General Meeting of the Club. The main points were:
- Income for 2014/15 of £3,572.00 exceeded expenditure of £3,318.41 by £253.59.
- New Committee: Chairman Peter Denton, Captain Sumit Kumar, Vice-captain Jonny Small, Treasurer Praveen Bocha, Secretary Andrew Burman
- Playing Awards: All-rounder Karthik Jampala, Batsman Jonny Small, Bowler Sanjay Patel, Fielder Karthik Jampala, Most Improved Sumit Kumar
- No increase in playing charges, which remain at £60 per annum membership and £7 match fee.
Saturday 14th November
The latest editon of club magazine The Gent is now available to view online.
Thursday 5th November
Our season finale ended with a 12th. victory for 2015, giving us a win ratio of 57% for the year. Not quite as high as the 72% acheived under skipper Greg Newcombe in 2012 or the 1980s West Indies-esque 92% achieved under Sanjay Patel in his final season as captain. However, considering there were some close-run losses as well as a couple of phenomenal performances from opposition batsmen, the overall mood is that this season was generally a good one.
Wednesday 30th September
All good things must come to an end and the Gents late summer revival ended against the talented Gubbays, although not without a fight, as you can read here.
Saturday 19th September
Despite a lot of red ink at the start of the summer, the Gents have found a way to grind out victories and are now making a strong finish to the season. Sunday saw the club's 7th consecutive victory, a comprehensive win over dear friends Salix. Match report and full scorecard can be found here.
Thursday 10th September
Hot off the press! The latest edition of club magazine, The Gent, is now available online.
Monday 7th September
The Bank Holiday fixture saw the Gents overcome strong league opponents, Battersea Imperials and break into double figures for season wins. The full match report and scorecards from Sunday's encounter are available to view here.
Wednesday 2nd September
Our 4th win in a row finally brings the numbers in the W column ahead of those in the L column for the first time this season. Full match report and scorecard from Sunday's victory over Bricklayer's Arms CC can be found here.
Wednesday 26th August
A pulsating match with pyrotechnics from batsman, guile from bowlers & superb ground-fielding from both teams, saw the Gents edge victory over the hugely talented & all-round nice blokes of Clapham In CC. Full match report & scorecard can be found here.
Tuesday 18th August
Old friends QMC PAK turned up on Sunday with a mixture of stalwarts from hard-fought battles of yesteryear and their now teenage & fiercely-competitive offspring. As always the games were played in great spirit. Full match report and scorecards of the two Gents victories can be found here.
Wednesday 12th August
New opposition Blue Marlins didn't endear themselves to the Gents XI who played on Sunday. Defeats we can handle in good spirit (almost always) but poor hosting coupled with excessive appealing, questionable umpiring and the subsequent discovery of overcharging for pitch fees certainly left a very sour taste. Details of the day's events including two quick-fire defeats can be found here.
Thursday 6th August
After last week's wash-out it was nice to get a full quota of overs in. Click here for the match report and scorecard from Sunday's comprehensive victory over the Bricklayers' Arms
Wednesday 22nd July
A promising match against regular opponents, Baker Street Irregulars, was halted during the 2nd innings due to divine intervention. The weather washing away a solid first innings performance by the Gents. Full match report and scorecard can be found here
Monday 20th July
This year's annual fixture with Sumit and Nilesh's Close PF team turned out to be a veritable run-fest, with only 6 wickets falling in the entire match. Sadly Sachin's maiden ton for the club turned out to be in vain as Sumit decided to slip in an ex-Pakistan U.18 player. We may not have noticed if he hadn't scored 164 of the 200 runs they were chasing! Full scorecard and match analysis can be found here.
Friday 3rd July
Make that 3 in 3. After a fruitless May, June is turning out to be a much more profitable month for the Gents after a closely-contested affair with olf friends, London Rams, gave the club it's 3rd victory on the spin.
Friday 3rd July
Maybe it's just a coincidence or maybe it's something more divine, but the arrival of the new kit featuring the club's badge and the player's names arrived from official kit supplier TITAN CRICKET has since heralded three straight victories. The first, against St. Anne's Allstars, included a record unbeaten partnership of 212 between Jonny Small (131*) and Sumit Kumar (74*). Read the match report here. The second victory was deep in the jungles of Surrey against Hale CC and included an all-round masterclass from Sanjay Patel. Full details to be found here. Details of the Gents' 3rd victory of 2015 are to follow.
Tuesday 23rd June
Despite posting an impressive 260 in their 40 overs, with half centuries from Vijay & skipper Sumit, the Gents went down for their 4th successive defeat of 2015. Northfields opener, John Elmes, dismissed for a duck in 2014, wreaked exact revenge this time around with an imperious 165*. Match report can be found here
Tuesday 23rd June
The Gents 3rd straight loss sees them winless for 2015. You can read the match report and scorecard here
Wednesday 20th May
Thursday 14th May
Chairman, Naveed Khan, has announced his decision to stand down from the role at the end of the 2015 season. He expressed thanks to the entire squad for their support and in particular his fellow committee members. He is immensely proud of all that was acheived during his tenure.
Friday 1st May