YOUNG FIGHTERS IN ACTION
Spinner hoping to face Somerset at old stomping ground
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.”
SPIN KING: Ravi Patel in action for England Lions