Rare incident: When 22 Patels played in the same Cricket match

SANDIPAN GHOSH / 02 May 2016
When 22 Patels played in the same Cricket match

Before the starting of the match, it was the normal match between Yorkshire LPS and Amarmilan at Bradford in a Sunday Mutual League match in July 2001. But when it had started, there were all limelight taken by the both teams’ playing XI. The reason for that incident was all the 22 cricketers (Yorkshire LPS playing XI and Amarmilan playing XI) surname were Patel.

Adding with this, coincidentally one of the scorers in this match had also the same surname and his name was Amit Patel. In this most shocking and confusing situation, Amit had helped to resolve this situation. Amit had said to BBC Sports Online, “I was shocked. Some players even had the same first four initials so everyone’s names had to be written in full.”

Bradford has high Asian population but it was the rarest incident that all the 22 cricketers with the same surname.

LPS club secretary Ishy Patel had said that amazing and shocking incident happened accidentally. He had told BBC Sports Online, “Twice before we’ve played and there were 21 Patels lining up against each other, but on this occasion our regular wicketkeeper, who is not called Patel, had to go to London for work.”

Ishy had added on that, “We didn’t realise we all had the same name until the match was under way, but even then we didn’t think it was anything special. We certainly didn’t think it would become such a big story. We all go out drinking together, although there is a big rivalry between the two sides – it’s a local derby. If they’ve got a game and we haven’t, we’ll go along and cheer them or boo them – depending on how the result will affect us!”

However, Ishy had admitted that all the players knew each other very well. Ishy had said on that, “A lot of the players are related and there were even two brothers playing against each other – Magun for us and Surendra for them.

On the other hand, Amarmilan secretary Chandu Patel, who was also medium pacer of his team and had played in that historic match, had stated to BBC Sports Online, “It must be very confusing for people.”

However, umpires had enjoyed in that match despite the huge confusing situation. One of the umpire Roy Higgins shared a funny story during that match. Roy had said, “At one point there was a bit of banter and I said ‘can Patel please be quiet’ and they all shut up!”

The secretary of the Bradford Mutual Sunday School League, Don Butterfield had told BBC Sports Online, “I’ve known 11 players on the same side with the same name before, but all 22 is amazing. It was difficult for the scorers and umpires, but the all the players are a good set of lads and enjoyed it.

“As far as I am aware, it’s the first time two teams have played with the players all having the last surname, although the players didn’t think it was anything out of the ordinary.”

The match was won Yorkshire LPS by 31 runs. The scorecard of the match is given below:


Name                                   Runs Name                             Runs
M. Patel                                  13 M. Patel                              10
D. Patel                                  02 M. Patel                              15
S. Patel                                   02 N. Patel                               05
M. Patel                                  15 M. Patel                              00
K. Patel                                   13 N. Patel                              15
N. Patel                                   18 P. Patel                               06
R. Patel                                   11 J. Patel                               00
I. Patel                                    03 N. Patel                              01
N. Patel                                   04 C. Patel                              03
C. Patel                                   06 D. Patel                              04
A. Patel                                   00 S. Patel                              01
Extras                                    19 Extras                              15
Total                                     106 Total                                 75


Whatever, it was the one of the rare incidents in the cricket history. According to a report of Australian newspaper Trove on 19th February 1936, there was a cricket match played during the weekend at Maclean where 22 cricketers had the same name. According to the news, the match was between “a team drawn from members of the Plater family, on the Brunswick and Tweed rivers, and a team composed entirely of Platers settled on the Lower Clarence. The 22 Platers engaged were all descendants of the late Thomas Plater, who came from the Hunter district in the early pioneering days. The Lower Clarence family won the match by 108 runs to 104.”

A report in "Trove" newspaper on 19th February 1936
A report in “Trove” newspaper on 19th February 1936

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