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Maypole CP, Dartford Grammar School, Erith College of technology, Manchester Polytechnic
2nd XI Coach
|Date of Birth||-||Height||5’8"|
|Debut||1989||Years of Service||1989-|
|Bat||Right-hand||Best Bat||87 Kent v Glamorgan at Sofia Gardens 2005|
|Bowl||Left-arm slow||Best Bowl||8 for 96 Kent v Lancashire at Canterbury, 1999|
Former Kent and England spinner Min Patel was appointed second XI coach in January 2017.
Patel, 46, grew up in Dartford and spent his 19-year playing career at Kent, taking 630 wickets and playing in two Tests for England in 1996.
He has coached the county’s spinners since his retirement and is looking forward to his new full-time role.
The left-arm spinner said: “I enjoyed my time immensely in 2016 as 2nd XI coach as an extension of my work with the spinners in the first-team squad and Academy.
“There’s a great deal of talent in the squad and I look forward to helping bring through players to excel in the first XI.”
Min Patel has been a stalwart for Kent County Cricket Club since he made his debut in 1989.
Playing for the club for almost twenty years, he has shown his loyalty to one club, and re-paid that with match winning performances.
Having played over 200 First-class matches for Kent, Patel was also selected for two Tests against India in 1996.
Although no English spinner expects to bowl on a raging turner in England, Patel turned his arm over on a Lincoln green Edgbaston track and then persevered willingly (but unsuccessfully) on a Trent Bridge Motorway.
The fact that he was bowling to Indian batsman (not renowned for being clumsy players of spin) was another mitigating factor. Test career figures of 1 wicket at 180 will never be anything other than painful, although the fact that Patel has taken over 500 First-class wickets in an era where spinners have mostly not been encouraged by English wickets is very respectable.
1994 had been one season where wickets did suit Patel, and he responded by being the country’s leading First-class wicket taker with 90 victims at just 22.86.
The fact that Canterbury wickets were being prepared for Patel’s left arm spin (and Carl Hooper’s off-breaks) rather than the impressive pace battery of Alan Igglesden, Martin McCauge, Dean Headley and Duncan Spencer was also a massive complement.
There were fears his career may be over in 1997, where injuries sustained while teaching PE and then batting in a club match ruled him out for the season after just one match.
Patel has since continued to be one of the most consistent spinners in the English game, and there was even talk of either him or Gary Keedy being flown out to cover the injured Ashley Giles in the Pakistan Test series of late 2005.
Like most modern English spinners, his wickets came through prising batsman out with accuracy and nous, rather than blasting or ripping through them, and he is a capable lower order batsman.
Played for English Schools, 1988, 1989 and NCA England South 1989. Was voted Kent League Young Player of the Year 1987 while playing for Blackheath. First six overs in the Natwest Trophy were all maidens. Whittingdale Young Player of the Year 1994. He was appointed Kent’s vice-captain in 2006.
MCC, Central Districts and England.
England A to India and Bangladesh 1994-95, Mcc to Bangladesh 1999-2000 (Captain)
St Augustine's, Cape Town, 1993-94. Alberton, Johannesburg, 1997-98.