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Gents v. Ottershaw 26.6.22.
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Salix v. Gents 19.6.22.
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Teddington Town v. Gents 12.6.22.
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Gents v. Mpingwe 5.6.22.
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Gents v. St Anne's Allstars 29.5.22.
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Northfields v. Gents 22.5.22.
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Batting dismissals 2021
How Gents' wickets fell.
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Bowling dismissals 2021
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26.6.22

Old Tenisonians. Gents won toss. Cloudy, 21C

 

Gents 250-9 (40)

Kota 123

Namilikonda 40

R. Patel 33

T. Chaudhry 3-60

 

Ottershaw 135 (27.3)

O. Timizi 43

H. Patel 5-8

 

Gents won by 115 runs.

 

The Gents welcomed Ottershaw to our favoured home ground for what was a wonderful game of cricket played in good spirit, writes Hemin Patel. The ground was immaculate, the groundsman had prepared a glorious batting wicket and once Gents’ skipper and his helpers had moved the boundaries we were ready for battle. Hemin had subbed in Gents’ vice-captain Ratti to go for the toss due to his luck in gambling and he did not disappoint , won it and elected to bat. Hemin and Srini opened the batting against world-class swing bowling with both batsmen struggling to time the ball. A few overs in, Hemin made a match- winning decision and selflessly got out, edging behind, to get Gents’ superstar Pavan into bat, as he knew that he would not disappoint and score yet another 100.

 

Srini and Pavan took the attack to the bowlers scoring at ease and putting the pressure back on them. Srini was then caught and with Ratti bowled soon after, in came the under-pressure, double golden-duck superstar Raj. Could Raj survive at least one ball? Yes he could, met with cheers from the bench and the umpires. Raj soon got into the groove and his confidence grew. A strong partnership with Pavan of 115 ensured that the run-rate was high and increased the momentum. Pavan was at his fluent best and to his surprise brought up his third ton of the year and looked like he would beat the club’s highest individual score of 158. The Gents continued to score freely and as wickets fell each batsmen did his best to keep the runs ticking along. Gents ended on 250-9 and felt confident going into the break.

 

Vamsee and Bobby opened the bowling and an angry Bobby, who was not invited to Amsterdam by his friend, took it out on the batsmen and was aggressive and accurate. His consistency soon earned him his first wicket of Shan Ramasamy, caught behind. Sanjay took a clinical fumbling catch to give Bobby his second and shortly after he cleaned bowled Omar Chaudhry. With three wickets falling, the skipper felt confident we would secure victory easily, but brilliant batting from Omar Tirmizi and Sarosh Ahmed soon quietened the Gents, both batsmen using the pace of the bowlers to score quickly and effectively.

 

The skipper decided this was the time to take the pace off the ball, thought world-class spin bowling the way to go and bought himself on: a decision that changed the course of the game. Aiming for the rough outside the off stump Hemin was in the groove straight away bowling Sarosh Ahmed. The ball turned a mile! He then had the wicket of Kannuri, neatly caught by Srini. Then it was the key wicket of Omar Tirmizi, a ball that can only be described as the ball of the day. Flight and guile confused the batsman who ran past it and Ratti neatly took off the bails.

 

With a five-for in sight the skipper ignored the will of the team to take a breather and took two further wickets. Some would say this is probably the best spell of bowling the Gents have ever seen and the writer has no grounds to disagree. Old-timer Sanjay then took a clean caught and bowled and superstar fielder Chandra, who had been excellent all day, ran out Toop to secure the victory. Overall a great game of cricket, with standout performances from Pavan, Raj, Srini and Chandra but Hemin Patel outshone them all.

 

19.6.22

Chiswick House, Gents won toss. Cloudy 19C

 

Gents 200-5 (35) (Gulati 49, Kota 37, Namilikonda 32, Krishna 22*, Kumar 21)

Salix 46 (21.1) (Chatharaju 3-4, Dubey 3-16)

 

Gents won by 154 runs

 

After a mature batting performance the Gents’ seamers shot out Salix for the lowest score by any club in eight years to record a huge margin of victory. They certainly bowled well but the filthy wicket, which was the centrepiece of a £295 rental fee but had not seen a roller all year, had deteriorated and become unplayable. Batsman after batsman trudged to the middle fortified only by gallows humour, to see length balls fly over their heads or pearoll before being mercifully bowled or caught.

 

The day was marred by a serious injury to Ranjith Chatharaju, who was hit a fearfully hard crack on the head by the ball during his follow through. He attended West Middlesex A&E who eventually gave him the all clear. Chandrasekhar Puli, who had already treated the team to pizzas to stave off the cold, kindly did taxi and a convoy was set up to ensure the poor man’s car was driven back to Hounslow. Salix provided two substitute fielders and behaved very well throughout an appallingly difficult day for them.

The run up to the game was instructive. The ground authority Chiswick CC was reluctant to honour the booking which was made by Salix in December. No alternative was available but Chiswick eventually let the game go ahead. Upon arrival it was clear that the facilities were run down. The bathrooms were dirty and the mottled pitch had a prominent ridge.

 

Despite being urged to bowl first Hemin Patel batted without hesitation and again rotated the order, sensible tactics with a preponderance of all-rounders in the team. He hoped for 150. Namilikonda and Kumar started well, Namilikonda hooking for six in the third over before being pinned in the seventh for an exciting 32. Kumar went through the gears before holing out in the 17th. The battle between the leg-spinner Unadkat and Kota was one to savour. He fizzed several past the maestro’s bat but could not find the edge. Upon his dismissal poor Raj Patel lasted only one ball, being adjudged to have glanced Sadhra to a diving ’keeper, great athleticism from Long. Gulati (seven fours) was in prime form before skying to Long and it was left to Krishna and Puli to see up the 200, Puli assisting the cause with a huge straight six into the trees though he couldn’t quite clear them as he did in 2021.

 

Eager for involvement, Chatharaju and Dubey set to their task. Here in 2019 Raja Pentakota produced one of the great spells of swing bowling in the modern era of the club, bowling four Salix. Chatharaju was as good here, and from the same end. Here’s the timeline:

 

3.4 overs Chatharaju hoops one in to bowl Henig, 2-1

3.5 ditto, captain Sadhra goes for a golden, 2-2

6.0 ditto, Dodd is castled, 12-3

7.0 Dubey produced an astonishing lifter which Kulasingam gloves high to Sudireddy, 21-4

9.1 Long drives a full-toss and fells Chatharaju. Play is delayed for 20 minutes

11.2 Long clubs Raj Patel to long-off Gulati, 21-5

12.4 Spurr is bowled Dubey, 30-6

13.0 Dean is bowled by a Dubey delivery that keeps low, 30-7

19.3 Islam is lbw to a well-crafted slower ball from Raj Patel, 44-8

20.1 Balasubramaniam is bowled Gulati, 46-9

21.1 Match ends when Krishna’s only ball spits and takes Sarifs’s edge into slip Sadhra’s safe hands, 46-10

 

The players were shaken up by the injury and there was no socialising after. Salix to their credit recognise that they need a new home ground and are in discussions with Marble Hill Park for 2023. We wish them well as this is a premium fixture.

 

Two statistical footnotes arose. Fourteen times opponents have been dismissed for fewer than 46. And seventeen times a Gents game has yielded a score of 200 or more without a 50, most recently two weeks before against Mpingwe.

 

12.6.22

Teddington Town, Teddington Town won toss. Sunny, 21C

 

Teddington Town 216-3 (40.0) (Hunt 100*, Pereira 62*, Hilmy 21)

Gents 220-3 (31.3) (Kota 72*, Dubey 54, Sudireddy 43*, Sudireddy 22)

 

Gents won by 7 wickets

 

The Gents beat their friendly hosts on a successful day on and off the field. Symmetrical innings each comprised a large opening stand, a fourth-wicket partnership of more than 100 and only three dismissals. On a pitch that remains perfect, it is better to chase and so it proved here. Sixteen-year-old Town opener Freddie Hunt scored his maiden century, adding 133 with their 1s player Pereira. It was steady going against a persevering attack who enjoyed their few successes, including a direct hit run out by Wagharalkar on debut and the day’s only catch, by Sumit Kumar at silly mid-off. At 62-0 off 20 both sides were satisfied but though 154 came in the second half Gents were not downcast. The bowling was generally accurate and the fielding a competent 7/10.

 

Captain Patel and his batsmen were undaunted at tea. A score of 216 can seem intimidating but 40 overs were available, on a flat, true pitch and 65 off 58 balls by the retained opening pair of Nilesh Dubey and Ranjith Chatharaju was a dream start. After they went Pavan Kota and Ratnakar Sudireddy were in no mood to hang about and struck 10 and four fours in adding 115 off 102 balls. Dubey scored his tenth 50 and his first since 2018 in just 40 balls and Kota his third of 2022 to set aside his two centuries, poor Raj Patel notched a golden duck and Sudireddy, forever captured on Twitter, survived a first-ball drop that would have given Singh a hat-trick to smash 43. It was pleasant to get to know a few of the hosts after the match and share tales of the circuit’s criminals and eccentrics.

 

There is the question of retirements. At New Romney and Littlestone in 2021 Payton and Harding, having hit 29 off the 29th. over to take their stand to 121, both retired. Their mates added 11 in the final six overs and Gents hunted down the 203 needed. Here Hunt and Pereira, having by coincidence also added 121, walked off to give their pals a bat, 11 runs coming in the final two overs off a tiring attack. Town believed they had enough credit in the bank to see out the game. They hadn’t. This is Sunday cricket with no points at stake, and it is good for the captains to try to involve everyone, but Hemin Patel was correct in both matches to insist on no retirements. This is now club policy.

 

The Gent recorded Payton and Harding as retired out though they later resumed their innings for a few balls. The Law states:

 

A batsman retires out if he retires without the umpire's permission and does not have the permission of the opposing captain to resume his innings. If such a return does not occur, the batman is marked as ‘retired out’ and this is considered a dismissal for the purposes of calculating a batting average.

 

Though the catching by both sides in Bushy Park was, shall we say, imperfect, it was remarkable that only six wickets fell all day. Excluding abandoned and short-format games, this has only happened once before (2015, Gents 201-4, Close PF 206-2). Only against 12 Angry Men in 2000 have Gents overhauled a bigger total than Town’s 216.

 

There were two firsts for dark side technocrats . Singh’s hat-trick ball was captured on Twitter and went viral, and the whole game was scored live on PlayCricket, Gents’ innings by Vamsee Krishna to whom thanks are due. Teddington Town kindly invited Gents to return in 2023 and the wise ones will make themselves available.

 

5.6.22

Raynes Park SG, Gents won toss. Cloudy, 15C

 

Gents 206 (34.5 overs) (Chatharaju 47, Dubey 29, Namilikonda 28, Sudireddy 28, Parvathaneni 26, Najeeb 3-34, Kashif 3-44)

Mpingwe 122 (26.1 overs) (Kashif 37, Asif 32, Kamida 5-29)

 

Gents won by 84 runs

 

Nilesh Dubey should have a pavilion named after him in honour of his endeavours preceding the match. Two bailed on the Thursday. He then had a new player commit to the game then withdraw for our old friend ‘personal reasons’ five minutes later, which must be a record. Such is the life of a team secretary, but instead of shouting at clouds he calmly got on with the job and secured, very late, the services of debutants Sruthanth Kamida, proud servant of South Yorkshire’s Rother Valley CC who was down south for a party, and Mani Kollipara. Thanks also to Messrs. Parvathaneni and Kota who helped him.

 

A fascinating day’s cricket, played out in murk on a green, seaming pitch, then saw Gents victorious. There was little between the teams but the late blast by Namilikonda and Parvathaneni of 50 off 25 balls gave the hosts a position of slight advantage that they never relinquished. Mpingwe, well led by Aadil Gaffar, fought all the way and it was no surprise to learn that they had won all four previous games in 2022. Kamida took five wickets on debut and Chatharaju batted watchfully and with excellent technique for 28 overs for his 47 (four fours). This was Sudireddy’s first win as captain and was well deserved.

 

Low, misty clouds made sighting the ball difficult and in the half-light a number of chances were shelled by both sides, though some good ones were taken. Dubey and Chatharaju, both in fine form, put up 45 at a run a ball but of the middle order only captain Sudireddy hung around. Kota, having been reprieved when Gaffar withdrew an upheld appeal for lbw, fell in the next over. From 95-3 off 17.2 the innings stalled to 141-8 off 29.2, Mpingwe’s impressive array of seamers and spinners making Gents fight for every run.

 

A hundred and fifty looked a realistic target when Parvathaneni, who had arrived late and batted No.10, strode out to join Namilikonda. His late arrival worked in the Gents’ favour in that he had licence to play his shots which he did, hitting two sixes and three fours. Nor was his partner going to die wondering and he was last man out having hit four fours and a six. The last 34 balls had seen 65 runs.

 

Asif, young Niket and Kassif were good batsmen. Abdullah fell early, caught by short mid-wicket Kamida off his mate and chauffeur Parvathaneni, but Asif and Niket hit well, adding 44 off 57 balls. The introduction of Kamida, who generated alarming lift with his whippy action, changed the course of the game. He bowled two – Asif unluckily via bat and pad – had Niket taken by mid-on Parvathaneni, Daar snaffled by a tumbling Kota in the gully and Bassit well caught one-handed by third man Dubey. Kashif kept Mpingwe interested with five fours and a towering six but Gents had plenty of bowling resources and Dubey, Chatharaju and Puli, who struck with his only ball, finished the job.

 

The weather was not ideal and the pitch, uncovered during the overnight rain, was variable but the ground and facilities were otherwise clean and decent. LB Merton’s pitches are an acceptable alternative when, as here, the main home grounds are unavailable.

 

29.5.22

Wycombe House, Gents won toss. Sunny, 16C

 

Gents 224-5 (35 overs) (Kota 111*, Sudireddy 38, S. Patel 28*, A. Ahmed 23)

St Anne's Allstars 136-9 (Arnott 40, Kanwal 22)

 

Gents won by 88 runs

 

Gents won well, posting a par total on a perfect batting strip that 24 hours before had yielded 470 runs for the loss of only 13 wickets. Allstars then collapsed to 33-5 before their brave lower batsmen fought back. Kota scored his fourth Gents century with 14 fours and three sixes, the club’s highest score here. He is now one ahead of Jimmy Wright in the register of tons and one behind Nabil Husain.

 

Poor availability stood Allstars at eight on Saturday, or as it transpired nine. Two House 3s players, Adeel Doshi and Pavan Kanwal plus Hamza Manzoor from the 4s responded to Aamir Ahmed’s shout, terrific work from him. It made the day worthwhile as 11 against nine is not fun. Gents wanted 40 overs but the visitors insisted on a mimsy 35, a shame on a sunny but not hot day with great facilities to be enjoyed. The format is the hosts’ call.

 

Allstars started well and had the best of it after two early H. Patel boundaries, Waddicor getting both openers, Patel well caught by long-on running round in front of the sightscreen off a skier and Kumar deceived by a full toss. Ahmed, the new captain of House 3s, played his first Gents game of 2022 and carried on his sound Saturday batting form before copping a plumb lbw. Krishna (58 the day before for Old Isleworthians and Heston CC) spooned a return catch two runs later.

 

Kota was in sublime touch however and when Sudireddy joined him sparks began to fly, 84 coming up in 11 overs. When the vice-captain was pinned for his best score of 2022, 38, Kota was on 76, with 32 balls left and a belligerent S. Patel striding to the crease. Sixty-four runs came off those 32 balls, 28 to Patel, including a huge straight six, and 35 to Kota who brought up his ton with his third maximum. His was a delightful innings which drew applause from the spectators, and included shots all over this beautiful ground.

 

The miserly Gents’ seamers then won the game. Wickets were shared with each bowler on the money, Chatharaju and R. Patel being particularly impressive on a true wicket. At 33-5 off 14 a heavy defeat for St Anne’s loomed. But the batsmen from Kanwal on had different ideas while the tough Arnott batted for 16 overs and played some fine shots. The hosts were unable to dismiss Allstars who showed good spirit.

 

The innings was a tasty appetiser for the House landlords v. Gents tenants clash on 31 July. Doshi was deceived by an absolute corker from R. Patel who bowled cunningly with clever variations in pace, Manzoor, recently arrived from Pakistan, pulled a six before being run out after a misunderstanding and the elegant Kanwal was fluent and ran well before being done in the flight by the wily H. Patel and neatly stumped. A learning experience there for him. With his neat piece of glovework Sudireddy equalled Peter Denton’s career haul of stumpings (12).

 

A pleasant aspect of the day was the jolly crowd in attendance including cricket royalty in the form of 1s captain and Director of Cricket Hamza Khan, former Kenya captain and 1s’ ’keeper Irfan Karim and, most notably of all for seekers of autographs and selfies, West London cricket celebrity Dave Bender, who covered all sartorial bases in hat, pullover, gilet, knee-length shorts and hiking boots. You can’t be too careful. A good day out, nobody injured, and friendships cemented.

 

2.5.22

Durston House, toss agreed. Sunny, 23C

 

Gents 189 all out (39.2 overs) (Gulati 60, Krishna 31, Sudireddy 25, Akhtar 3-25)

Northfields 193-6 (David Redhead 84*, Derrick Redhead 37, Chatharaju 3-40) (38.4 overs)

 

Northfields won by 4 wickets

 

A well-judged 84* by skipper David Redhead saw Northfields to a narrow but deserved success, their first in five games in this rubber. Earlier a blistering 60 by Gulati and a brave 31 by Krishna, who had retired hurt with a head injury, had lifted Gents to a par score which they were just unable to defend. This was a fiercely-fought clash with no issues between the teams, and plenty of hard but fair cricket. Srinivas Namilikonda returned to make an unplanned appearance.

 

The toss was agreed and we immediately had the first of the day’s many talking points when Sudireddy drove the day’s first two balls for six and four. Nor was Kumar going to die wondering, and he also took Abz for four and six before edging behind. Despite this brisk start the middle overs of the innings belonged to Northfields as wickets tumbled. Kota wafted at a bouncer two feet over his head and gave a return catch: a wide had he played no shot. Dubey was well caught at slip off a quick away-swinger, Puli and Chatharaju scored ducks and S. Patel chipped to mid-wicket.

 

Krishna had had little of the strike but had moved quietly to 16* when he top-edged a pull into his face, a nasty bruise the result. Namilikonda fell (107-8) and the injured men strode out again to partner Gulati in a first-rate stand of 58 in 11 overs, the Gents’ spell of the day. Gulati (nine fours and a six) and Krishna were largely untroubled and even after Krishna’s departure captain H. Patel ceded the strike, Gulati got his 50 and it was 189 all out, a sound recovery with 100 coming up for the final three wickets.

 

A word on the Northfields fanbase. They gave terrific, voluble support, inspired by a spectacular range of narcotics that would have left West XI c. 2002 green with envy. But they were a harmless bunch, and the Gents’ scorer soon trained them to do the scoreboard to an acceptable standard. A word also on the talented, clean-living Redhead family; three brothers and their younger cousin David-Joseph played, all to some effect. Better sports one could not meet.

 

Though they had their moments, it didn’t quite happen for Gents in the second innings. David Redhead survived an early drop and would go to smite 12 fours and two sixes. He received good support. David-Joseph fell caught of a lifter from the ridge in the 13th overs, the first of three for Chatharaju (into double-digit wickets already) who bowled Akshit, had Derrick Redhead caught by long-off running round and Haider well caught by a diving long-on. Kumar and H. Patel struck in their first and second overs but the captain was imperious, losing a ball in a Windmill Road garden and hitting boundaries all over the compact ground. Krishna and Dubey were the pick of the bowlers.

 

So, Gents stand at 3-3. The last losing season was 2010 but 2022’s oppo are resolute and extremely keen to bring Hemin Patel’s boys down a peg or two. This is healthy and an interesting season looms.

 

14.5.22

Disappointment as Kempton was rained off, the ninth such loss since the start of the 2021 seaason. No games were lost in 2020 and one in 2019.

 

12.5.22

Gent 174 is published with all match reports.

 

16.1.22

England today took inspiration from the 2011 Gents - see Archive.

 

30.12.21

We remember the President's Cup 1992-2001, a wonderful Twenty20 competition which the Gents won in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2001. See Archive for scorecards and a tribute to three Weasels players no longer with us.

 

The Gents play only friendlies in the current era, but veterans such as Dhruv Patel, Sanjay Patel and Stuart Snelling can confirm that this was not always so. The Bob Ashton Memorial Cup is well documented, but the President’s Cup, a Twenty20 competition held on the Sunday preceding the August Bank Holiday, was at its peak a brilliantly organised competition that is fondly remembered and saw much spectacular cricket, though the scores were lower than is the norm today. The phrase carnival of cricket might have been invented for it. The venues were King’s College (1992-2000) and LSE (2001), both a short trot from Berrylands station.

 

This three-team (two-team in 2000 and 2001) competition saw New Barbarian Weasels, the Gents, FC Chad (featuring Tony Buck and Colin Naish) and Urban Associates (once) compete. It was the brainchild of Weasels’ founder W. Flack and predated the first English professional T20 game by 11 years.

 

The Gents won it in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2001, producing over the ten years performances that varied from highly competent to disgraceful. Here’s what happened.

 

It all started with a phone call from Flack to Mark Ashton in August 1992 inviting the Gents to participate in the inaugural competition. Though some regulars were away for the Bank Holiday weekend Mr A impressed some Enterprise into service and Gents had eleven. The cup was won in rain and gales and won well, West XI guest Clyde Seale, who could do nothing wrong all year, thrashing 51 in the first game to complement John Townley’s composed 39*, a club personal best. They put on 90 for the first wicket. Nobody really knew what a par score was but 124-2 proved too much for a Weasels side who would learn their lesson, so much so that they would record a hat-trick of victories from 1993-1995. FC Chad reduced the Gents to 9-3 off eight overs in the second game but then had to expose their support bowlers to the skill and experience of Nick Boddington and Mark Ashton.

 

On a warm day in 1993, FC Chad’s 102 was overturned in under eleven overs with an assault by those two hard hitters Mike Hughes (50*) and Nick Hubbucks (30), but a brilliant 52* by Bill Flack in the final proved a hurdle too high for the Gents to jump, despite another whirlwind Mike Hughes fifty. Weasels’ swing bowler Simon Lloyd took 3-9. The Weasels were rather pleased and cavorted long into the night.

 

In 1994 Urban Associates, replacing FC Chad, were easily beaten but Gary Lynch and Mick Smalldon added crucial late runs after the Weasels had slipped to 93-8, helping their side to a narrow but deserved retention of the cup despite a valiant 40 from Jim Wright.

 

A year later and spectators saw feats of scoring that though commonplace in the modern era were a rarity then. Gent batted FC Chad out of the first game, but the enigmatic South Londoners then gained a memorable win against the hosts. Mark Ashton was injured and limped home. Daniel Todd then lost an important toss, the rampant Weasels piling up 159-3 on their way to a hat-trick of wins. The Gents’ away end kept up vociferous support but even guest Paul Christensen’s 52*, with good support from Chris Folley (35*) was not enough. Simon Lloyd fell ill that year. Cancer was diagnosed and would take his life in the winter but he bravely turned up in his wheelchair to support and join in the sideshows. And what sideshows! Golf, tombola, raffle, BBQ – all were provided for the big crowds that flocked to Berrylands.

 

The 1996 President’s Cup was won after two great team displays. Phil Hill rightly copped the Man of the Tournament award for his astonishing 6-8 against FC Chad and brutal 26 in the final against Weasels. These two games saw the Gents unrecognisable from the side which had suffered five losses in July and early August, with the fielding at least a class higher.

After an easy President’s Cup win against a Chad side who had nearly pulled off a shock win against Weasels in the first game of 1997, Gents were put to the sword in the final. Bowlers, incapable of bowling to defensive fields, and panicking batsmen all underperformed and the hosts took full advantage, winning with a flourish. Had FC Chad won that first game then Gents would have retained the Cup which would have been a travesty.

 

From 72-9 in 1997 Gents rallied round and improved by four runs in 1998 after Dhruv Patel, who had done well as captain in a difficult season, horrifically ran himself out first ball in the final. To Weasels went the glory once more and the following year they had another hat-trick.

 

Thank heavens the Sky cameras were absent in 1999. After defeat to FC Chad in the first game, an exciting game won by an excellent fifty from Richard Cooper, well supported by Larry Flack, Gents capitulated against Weasels in the second. The match reporter referred to “a litany of bickering and defeatism” and “an atrocity exhibition”. Letters to The Gent from Ian Richmond and Jim Wright carried the same message. Strong words, but half the team left during the final, instead of assisting with umpiring and scoring, while Andrew Burman came up with possibly his best rant ever (certainly his loudest) on a sorry day for Gents cricket. It was the final President’s Cup in a three-team format and one the Gents did their best to sully, though Wright, Snelling, Dimond and Richmond flew the flag in a self-deprecating manner after the match. It was a day for students of oratory, who would have learned much about motivation from captain Ashton (after FC Chad): “I feel like going home now to be perfectly honest only the f***ing M25’ll be bloody chocker.”

 

The last two competitions were rather muted. In 2000 FC Chad folded before Gents, on a good run, beat Weasels twice. In the final competition in 2001 Weasels were beaten in the only game possible as a third side showed late, the retire at 50 rule being suspended for this year only with Courtney Perry taking full advantage.

 

31.10.21

Welcome to the 2022 Committee, elected unopposed.

 

Chairman Sanjay Patel

Captain Hemin Patel

Vice-captain Ratnakar Sudireddy

Treasurer Vinitesh Gulati

Fixtures Secretary Andrew Burman

Match Secretary Nilesh Dubey

 

31.10.21

Well done to the 2021 Award winners and everybody who played. Outgoing captain Nilesh Dubey kindly sponsored permanent engraved mementoes for the winners to take away and very stylish they were too.

 

Nilesh himself won All-rounder with 168 runs @ 28.00 and an impressive bowling return of 48.3-7-150-9, paying just 3.1 runs per over for his wickets. It is his second time on the Honours board: in 2012 he won Batsman.

 

It is always a pleasure to see new names on the board and this time Chandrasekhar Puli and Vamsee Reknar Krishna obliged. Chandra won Most improved with 200 runs, seven catches and two run outs and shared Fielder with Pavan Kumar Kota (ten catches, nine in the outfield, a stumping and three run outs).

 

A model of consistency, Vamsee took 25 wickets for the Gents and the same number in Saturday league matches for Old Isleworthians and Heston CC.

 

Pavan’s brilliant performances from September won him Batsman. Going in to the Millfields game he was only 24 ahead of Karnekanti, with Chatharaju, Puli and S. Patel waiting to pounce. Four innings later the margin between first and second had become 324. He won this award for the fourth time in a row, a startling achievement and a club record.

 

Minutes will be published soon.

 

19.10.21

Club records are published in draft.

 

17.10.21

AGM will be at Wycombe House CC Saturday 30 October start 7pm.

 

10.12.21

Gent 173 season wrap up is published. 

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