Millers bowled over in Samit Patel testimonial

A flurry of international stars competed in Notts stalwart Samit Patel's testimonial against Langley Mill on Sunday.

Tuesday, 25th July 2017, 12:49 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:05 pm

Patel played for the Millers in the late 1990s and early 2000s and as part of his benefit year the club was chosen to play against a Nottinghamshire XI.

Australian duo Riki Wessels and Dan Christian, New Zealand international Ish Sodhi and England’s Jake Ball - as well as Patel - were named for Notts.

The rest of the side was made up of a selection of Langley Mill U15s, including Danny Parr, Nathan Yeomans, Lewis Clarence and Kiegen Wing.

Electing to bat first, Patel’s side got off to a flyer. Wessels (39) smashed 17 off the first over and the second went for 16 but a change brought the breakthrough. Christian went without troubling the scoreboard, Patel made a brisk 47 from 22 deliveries and Sodhi hit 26 while the youngsters added to post a total of 184 all out. Jamie Salmons (3-28) and Jay Holmes (3-19) stood out.

In reply, the Millers used a pack of playing cards to draw the batting order. Wickets fell and at 54-4 the worst was feared but Danny Hanson hit 50 (25 balls), Lance Humphrey 31 (17 balls), Matt Heafield 34* (19) as the Millers finished one run short. Patel took five catches including the last wicket off his own bowling to cap a wonderful day for the club and the man himself.

The day raised more than £2,500 for Patel’s charity.