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Gent 176
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14.1.23

Cricket at Archbishop Tenison’s ground will be played no more. The decision was inevitable ever since Old Tenisonians CC ceased operations in 2021 and withdrew from the Surrey County League. Casual cricket rentals could not cover the £70k per annum expense of ground maintenance so it will be football-only from now on, AFC Wimbledon’s women’s team and the like. At least this trim ground is not being turned into houses.

 

The Gents closed on 98 games there, second only in number to Victoria RG in Surbiton with 133. From 2009-2012 25 games were played at Crown Taverners in Minley and from 2019-2022 11 were played at Wycombe House, so Old Tens did not have a monopoly on home grounds. It is interesting that Crown Taverners CC now thrives, with two senior and three junior XIs. Cricket is played there every Sunday.

 

Gents had a generally happy time at Archbishop Tenison’s. The first game there was in August 2005 when Dhruv Patel first negotiated a hire with ground manager Alan Baker. Jay Bharat won. The last was in August 2022 when Plastics were beaten. Mr Baker, a good friend to us, died in 2018. There were three groundsmen in our time there, Alan Landymore, John Crawford, whose accent became more and more Scottish the angrier he became (climaxing when he put an axe through the bonnet of his BMW Tourer and went for a drive with the instrument protruding), and Christian Hall.

 

Relations between Gents and Old Tenisonians were never close, though four fixtures were arranged between the clubs. When the hosts folded for the July 2011 match the eleventh hour replacement was Clapham In, now good friends whom we played there eight times (other frequent visitors were Pak with seven and Battersea Eagles with six).

 

Senior players Hemin and Sanjay Patel believe the wickets were significantly improved in 2022. Certainly run scoring benefited from the No.1 crop given to the outfield and the facilities were neater than before. With the bar closed, socialising took place in the Earl Beatty pub.

 

It was not all roses. The frustrating Motspur Park microclimate caused a number of cancellations and the ground was not popular with some opponents. Lack of access to the bar was a problem and the kitchen was often dirty. The scoreboard was a thing of malice and declared war on its operators, several numbers dislodging themselves and attacking the scorer in 2022. But it was home, and for the most part a good one.

 

Perhaps the best games there were the ties against West London Invitational XI in 2008, a narrow defeat to West XI in the same year and the tie against Judd Street Tigers in 2013. Pavan Kota’s 160* against Squirrels in 2022, one of ten centuries there, was a club record and nobody will ever forget when Squirrels were undone by a piece of magic in 2018 when Ranjith Chatharaju drove the final possible ball of the game over long-on for six, when four were needed for victory.

 

The question becomes: where will the Gents now play their home games? Negotiations are afoot.

 

13.1.23

Twenty games are confirmed. Home venues and the remaining fixtures are being worked on. There are some changes this year: we will play Putney twice and Byfleet are back after last year's glitch. We hope to reinstate Battersea Eagles if a date can be agreed.

 

Because of the uncertainty around home venues, most games in the first half of 2023 will be away.

 

See you at nets, two lanes for two hours so your attendance will be appreciated.

 

Sat 28 January, Nets 12-2 Teddington SC

Sat 4 March, Nets 12-2 Teddington SC

Sat 25 March, Nets 12-2 Teddington SC

Sat 8 April, Crossbats A

Sun 16 April, Hook and Southborough A

Sun 23 April, Byfleet A

Sun 30 April, Binfield A (TBC)

Sun 7 May, Putney H

Sun 14 May, TBC

Sun 21 May, Northfields A

Sun 28 May, Redbourn A

Sun 4 June, Putney A

Sun 11 June, Teddington Town A

Sun 18 June, Salix A

Sun 25 June, Fighting Stars H

Sun 2 July, TBC

Sun 9 July, Whalers A

Sun 16 July, St Anne’s Allstars A

Sun 23 July, TBC

Sun 30 July, TBC

Sun 6 August, Northfields H

Sun 13 August, Clapham In H

Sun 20 August, Plastics H

Sun 27 August, Mpingwe H

Sun 3 September, Millfields H

Sat 9 September, Lydd A

Sun 10 September, New Romney and Littlestone A

Sun 17 September, Salix H

Sun 24 September, TBC

Sun 1 October, TBC

 

10.1.23

Old Tenisonians will no longer host cricket, so the Committee is scouting alternatives.

 

9.12.22

As promised we have looked at run outs and some interesting facts emerge. The era under review is 2009 onwards because it is hard to obtain data for prior periods. There were 287 games in those 14 seasons in which 4,404 wickets fell, 2,131 Gents’ and 2,273 opponents’. Run outs accounted for 5% of Gents’ wickets and 7% of opponents’.

 

The barmiest seasons for Gents’ batsmen were 2010 (17 run outs) and 2016 (14) many in the chaotic T20 format. Run outs happen for all manner of reasons. Annals record hyped up partners running down to the batsman’s end for no apparent reason (Luke Corbett the victim of Pavan Kota in 2019 and Murali Kalidindi sawn off by Ravi Inkollu ten years before), Hemin Patel forgetting to ground his bat, also in 2009, and bowlers deflecting a drive onto the stumps with the non-striker stranded. In his only run out Srinivas Namilikonda having scored 151 against Putney in 2022 was famously done like this by Sumit Kumar (playing straight as ever).

 

Clutches of run outs were recorded in T20s against Pak in 2010 (three) and Close PF in 2016 (four) while in  2021 at Lampton School Chiswick ran out three Patels, Jay, Raj and Sanjay. Conclusions from the individual merit tables may be inferred but not without qualification of number of dismissals and, more subtly, state of the game or innings. Nilesh Dubey has been run out 11 times (11% of his dismissals) and Sumit Kumar eight (7%). Wayne Caveney and Sanjay Patel are on six, Hemin Patel and Vamsee Krishna five.

 

Aamir Ahmed has never been never been run out for the Gents though he did hit his own wicket once and was sawn off by Vasi Shaikh in the colours of Wycombe House.

 

7.11.22

A batsman’s summer

After stumps had been drawn at Lyne RG the statistics could be finalised. It was immediately clear that we had witnessed a uniquely prolific season of run scoring. At times the scorer had found it difficult to keep up, whether in the book or on a tablet. Constraints of space meant that it was not possible to do justice in Gent 176 to the splendid feats of both Gents and opponents.

 

Bowlers who toiled on often perfect batting wickets during the longest ever season would testify to this. Their successes were certainly well earned and they deserved to put their feet up at the end of September. But it was the batting that shone, six breaking the 300-run barrier. It would be remiss not to observe that the phenomenal scoring feats of Kota and Namilikonda added 6.2 and 5.4 runs to their career batting averages. They scored 38% of all runs off the bat.

 

The main records created and those eclipsed (in brackets) were:

 

26 matches played (previously 25 in 2010)

5,311 runs by Gents (4,623 in 2019)

4,327 runs by opponents (3,558 in 2010)

204 average score by Gents (193 in 2019)

539 runs in a match Gents v. Millfields (532 Gents v. Fighting Stars the week before)

16 scores of 200 or more by Gents (9 in 2014)

8 scores of 200 or more by opponents (6 in 2018)

27 individual scores of 50 or more by Gents (24 in 2019)

18 individual scores of 50 or more by opponents (16 in 2010)

6 centuries by Gents (3 in 2011 and 2014)

3 centuries by opponents (2 in seven seasons)

160* HS by a Gent Kota v. Squirrels (158* by Jones v. West XI in 2002)

1,185 individual runs by Kota (previously 756 by Wright which was also beaten by Namilikonda 820)

168 third-wicket stand by Gents, Kota and Namilikonda v. Squirrels (166 Husain and Kain v. London Saints in 2007)

139* fifth-wicket stand by opponents, Taylor and Smith of Clapham In (121 Payton and Harding of New Romney and Littlestone in 2021)

72* ninth-wicket stand by opponents, Farooq and Mehmood of Fighting Stars (68 Heafield and Wall of London Rams in 2001)

89 catches by Gents (80 in 2019)

92 catches by opponents (88 in 2010)

115 fielding dismissals by Gents (105 in 2009)

24 fielding dismissals by Sudireddy 14 ct./10 st. (Namilikonda 19 16 ct./3 st. in 2019)

 

Regarding appearances, Chatharaju, Krishna and Kota joined the 100 Club with new captain Sudireddy only one match shy. Kumar joined the 150 Club. Dubey took his hundredth wicket and scored his 2,000th run.

 

24.10.22

New Committee is:

 

Chairman Sanjay Patel

Captain Ratnakar Sudireddy

Vice-captain Ranjith Chatharaju

Treasurer Jay Patel

Team Secretary Nilesh Dubey

Fixtures Secretary Andrew Burman

 

Minutes above.

 

Awards for 2022 were:

 

All-rounder V. Gulati, P. Kota (tied)

Batsman P. Kota

Bowler R. Chatharaju

Fielder C. Puli

Most improved R. Patel

 

12.10.22

Gent 176 is published.

 

8.10.22

AGM invitation published

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