Spin­ner hop­ing to face Som­er­set at old stomp­ing ground

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Moore tom.moore@trin­i­tymir­

RAVI Pa­tel would jump at the chance to re­turn to his alma mater, Mer­chant Tay­lors’ School, as a Mid­dle­sex player for their County Cham­pi­onship clash with Som­er­set, start­ing on July 11.

The 23-year-old is cur­rently back-up spin­ner to Ol­lie Rayner in first­class cricket, but is a reg­u­lar in their Twenty20 side.

And Pa­tel has fond mem­o­ries of his time at the school and would love to make his first ap­pear­ance in whites this sea­son at his for­mer stomp­ing ground, where he has a tree planted in his hon­our for his achieve­ments with the school.

He said: “I was there for five years and it was a great time in my life. I played for the first XI in my sec­ond year at the school so I had four years in the team.

“I man­aged to get 100 wick­ets for the school and I got a tree planted in my name as I reached that land­mark.

“The fact that Mid­dle­sex are us­ing the ground makes me very happy. If I get an op­por­tu­nity to play, I’ll be look­ing for­ward to it very much.”

Pa­tel still keeps in touch with his old school friends and teach­ers, no­tably cricket master Harry Latch­man, who played the bulk of his ca­reer for Mid­dle­sex.

He added: “The ski trips were al­ways fun. It was a great time. There was ca­ma­raderie among the friends and I still keep in con­tact with most of them.

“The teach­ers were very friendly but put you in your place when they needed to. I still keep in touch with some of them as well.

“Harry Latch­man was head of cricket and he got me in the team early, nur­tured me and did a lot of work on my ac­tion and men­tal things. He was the main rea­son I pro­gressed as well as I did.”

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