Harshad Patel

Harshad Vallabhbhai Patel (born 29 January 1964 in Nairobi, Kenya) is a Kenyan-born former English first-class cricketer: an opening batsman and an occasional off-spinner.

Harshad Patel
Personal information
Full nameHarshad Vallabhbhai Patel
Born (1964-01-29) 29 January 1964 (age 56)
Nairobi, Kenya
BattingRight-handed batsman
BowlingRight arm off-break
RelationsDipak Patel (cousin)
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 1 13
Runs scored 39 259
Batting average 39.00 19.92
100s/50s 0/0 0/2
Top score 39 68
Balls bowled 0 0
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average - -
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 N/A
Best bowling - -
Catches/stumpings 0/0 4/0
Source: Cricinfo, May 8, 2016

He appeared in one first-class match for Worcestershire in 1985, and has since played minor counties cricket for Staffordshire and Herefordshire. He also represented England Amateur XI. Patel was born in Nairobi.

Playing careerEdit

He represented Worcestershire County Cricket Club's Second XI in the early 1980s, in which he showed potential, Patel was selected for the first-class game against Cambridge University in June 1985. He scored 39 in his only, but unfortunately never selected again. He continued for Worcestershire seconds until the end of the season, then played a few games for Derbyshire 2nd II with success in 1986 before returning later that same season to play a handful more games for Worcestershire seconds. In late August he scored 54 for Stourbridge Cricket Club against Weston-super-Mare Cricket Club to help his club win the William Younger Cup at Lord's.

Patel joined Staffordshire County Cricket Club for the 1988 season, and enjoyed reasonable success. He remained with them until 1990, though he played only one game that last year then in 1992 he moved to Herefordshire County Cricket Club as well as being picked for an England Amateur XI team that played two games against Ireland and Scotland.

He played no games for Herefordshire County Cricket Clube in 1993 due to a career threatening back problem and then returned in 1994 and went on to represent Herefordshire County Cricket Club until 2011. He played more than 100 Championship matches for the county a career spanning 19 years. Perhaps his most notable achievement came in 2001, when his man-of-the-match-winning innings of 68, part of a 129-run opening stand with Nathan Round, gained Herefordshire a three-wicket win over Middlesex County Cricket Club in the C&G Trophy at Luctonians Cricket Club Ground.

Personal lifeEdit

He is the cousin of New Zealand Test player Dipak Patel, who had a considerably longer county career with Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

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