Rey in Oz: Patel shines straight away

Ryan Patel batting for Surrey at The Kia Oval

Published: 2nd December, 2019

Ryan Patel has made a flying start to his winter with University Cricket Club in Perth, scoring 73 and claiming a wicket as his side beat Scarborough over two Saturdays at the end of November.

Batting at four, the left-hander top scored for University who made 227 from 63.4 overs. He then took just four balls to wrap up the victory the following week, clearing the number eleven batsman with an LBW without scoring a run.

It wasn’t an entirely successful weekend for the all-rounder however as his team lost a T20 fixture to Nico Reifer’s Midland-Guildford on Sunday. Patel ended with figures of 0/17 from his three overs and scored nine runs while Reifer’s lower order 29 was crucial in compiling the 151 that proved too much for University.

That did confirm a great weekend for Midland-Guildford though, with Scott Borthwick skippering them to a red-ball victory on the Saturday. Having made 71 from 138 balls as part of 413/8 the previous week, Borthwick took charge in the field and claimed a wicket himself as his side held Wanneroo to 329 all out. Reifer, playing in the second grade due to overseas restrictions, hit 50 as Midland-Guildford did the double over Wanneroo.

It was the first week of two-day games in Sydney so Jamie Smith only got to keep. He claimed three catches behind the stumps as his Eastern Suburbs ended 40/2 in response to St George’s 208 all out. Mark Stoneman scored 14 for Bankstown, who made 218 all out against Gordon. In the T20 matches on the following day, Smith scored 28 and Stoneman 26.

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