BUCS Division 4B, LUSL Premier Division & W GKT Grace cup 2018 winners!
June 13, 2018
What a season it has been, 10 out of 10 matches won, over 5 centuries scored, clinical bowling performances and a record top score of 445 runs. All of these have contributed to winning the BUCS and LUSL leagues as well as the inter-university T10 charity tournament.
The new intake of freshers has contributed well to the 1st XI with Jai Ramchandani, Rahul Padmanabhan, Brendan Guest and Zain Rizvi all pulling out match-winning performances. All batsmen in the top order found form as well as those lower down the order.
Overall, a fantastic season for GKT CC which was lead professionally by captain 'Kohli' - Rajan Soni. With the season now done, it is evident that in future seasons with this set of players and great leadership, GKT will go on to win many more trophies.
GKT beat KCL in the Macadam Cup to make it 2 wins and 2 losses
March 27, 2018
Rain, astroturf, a cage. The scene was set for a 5-a-side football match. A bystander would have guessed the same if it hadn't been for the 13 people on the pitch and a DIY cricket matt placed in the centre of the football pitch.
GKT were forced to field first in the heavy rain. A decent bowling performance restricted KCL to 148. With 149 to win, GKT got off to a good start with opener Zain Rizvi leading the charge. The middle overs were shaky with quick wickets falling including that of the skipper. However, with Arshan Dadrewalla at the crease and 6 needed off 3 balls, a clean strike to cow corner saw GKT defeat KCL in the Macadam Cup! Let's aim for the same when GKT meets them on the cricket field.
1st XI dominant against UCL
June 13, 2018
Scorers were kept busy as GKT CC set a mammoth total of 445-8 during their allocated 50 overs away at University College London. Zain Rizvi brought up his maiden century for GKT while Rhys Williams and Aman Patel scored in the 70's.
UCL were then skittled for 192 within 32 overs. Zain Rizvi was the pick of the bowlers with 2-31 from 8, Jai Ramchandani and Sidd Raj also chipped in with a couple of wickets each. Overall, a dominant performance to end the 2018 season unbeaten and also to win the BUCS league. [For statistics click here]
1st XI beat Kent University 2nd XI comfortably
June 12, 2018
A coach was hired to take the GKT CC 1st XI and supporters down to our furthest away fixture of the season. After winning the toss GKT opted to field and bowled out the home team for 162. Abdullah Khawaja and Jai Ramchandani lead the wicket-taking charge with figures of 4-19 and 3-34 respectively.
No doubt with the skipper being in good nick, Rajan Soni scored 78 while Jai Ramchandani also starred with the bat scoring a well deserved 40. GKT CC put daylight between themselves and the teams below them in the BUCS league and now only 1 game left before winning the league. [For statistics click here]
Decisive win for 1st XI against Kent 3rd XI
June 8, 2018
A win in this game would see GKT sit top of the BUCS league table and further bring the reality of a league win. This is exactly what happened on Friday afternoon. GKT CC won the toss and elected to bat first and straight away Zain Rizvi and Sam Morris put up an opening stand of 129. The skipper contributed lower down the order with a quick fire 71 that saw the home team set a target of 284 for the visitors.
However, only 3 of the Kent batsmen reached double figures and with fantastic bowling spells from Abdullah Khawaja, Rahul Padmanabhan and Jai Ramchandani, saw GKT bowl out the opposition for a mere 111. The eighth successive win for GKT and what a season it is turning out to be. [For statistics click here]
Nothing better than beating the rival!
June 5, 2018
Time to face the enemy. GKT 1st XI met the KCL 1st XI in the LUSL league. For those of you wondering, 'isn't GKT part of KCL?' Ultimately, yes but the health sciences have their own sports teams while the art and other science students have their own team - KCL.
Having already beaten them in the Macadam cup, it was now time to face the rival on a cricket ground and not astroturf. With LUSL being T20, GKT opted to bat after winning the toss on what looked like to be a belter of a wicket. GKT managed a par score of 149-7 with Sam Morris scoring a fifty.
When KCL batted, 149 looked above par as the KCL boys were bowled out for 118. Quality bowling from Brendan Guest with figures of 4-25, and 2 wickets each for Parth Zaveri and Jai Ramchandani saw GKT to victory. [For statistics click here]
GKT beat QM to top the LUSL league table
June 4, 2018
GKT lost the toss as they were put into bat on an overcast afternoon at Chiselhurst. Queen Mary’s and GKT were level at the top of the LUSL League, making this game an effective shootout for the trophy. Rizvi opened up and batted responsibility for his 39, however he was unable to find a partner to stick with him. As he feel in the 16th over, the score was just 85-4. However Patel (30*)and Raj (18*) joined together to bat with great intent and confidence. They both ran hard between the wickets, putting the fielders under pressure, and Patel began to show the kind of form we all know he’s capable of, as he lashed 5 boundaries. This vital partnership managed to push the GKT score to 128-4 off 20.
GKT CC knew early wickets would be imperative if they were to defend such a low total, and Rizvi (3-18) obliged by removing their opener early. Sam Hale bowled with great control from the other end, backed up by Zaveri. GKT CC kept it tight, however needed wickets to gain control of the game, and Padmanabhan (3-31) swung the game into GKT’s favour with 3 wickets in 2 overs. Ramchandani bowled two important overs, and Patel was inspirational behind the stumps taking two catches, leaving Rizvi to defend 9 off the last over. QM’s opened, Sharma (42) was still at the crease, however he was caught with a brilliant diving catch by Soni, as Rizvi conceded just two runs. GKT CC won by 6 runs to go top of the LUSL league.
GKT make it 5 wins out of 5 games after beating St. George's
June 3, 2018
GKT CC batted first in their final UH game of the season v SGUL. On a sunny day at Berrylands, supporters flocked to see their star men make it 5 wins out of 5.
GKT CC batted first and got off to a shaky start. Patel, Mirza and Soni all fell early, but Raj (58) batted with outstanding quality and patience. Anchoring the innings, he put on 60 with Rizvi (25) and then 40 with Abdullah Khawaja (34). Khawaja and Williams then came to the crease to blaze the SGUL bowling attack to all parts of the ground, much to the joy of the crowd watching on, as GKT CC finished on 244-7.
SGUL were unable to get any of the GKT bowlers away, as just 3 batsmen got into double figures. Rizvi bowled a superb spell of 10-7-3-3, and was supported by Williams (2-8) and Khawaja (2-17). Guest (1-8) and Rahul Padmanabhan (1-11) also bowled economically as SGUL only just posted 100 off their 50 overs, ending 101-9. Another emphatic victory for GKT.
Victory in the first BUCS game for GKT
May 23, 2018
Griffin hosted the first BUCS match of the season as GKT CC batted first against St Mary’s. A slow start saw GKT CC 59-4 off 18 overs. However Bradbury (41) was batting with great patience and responsibility, and once joined by the skipper, Soni (126), the pair rebuilt the innings with some hard running, and finally parted with the score 182-5. Some late hitting from Soni saw GKT CC up to an above par score of 251-7 off 45 overs.
GKT CC used the momentum they gained from the end of the first innings to tear through the St Mary’s too order. Williams (3-6), Zaveri (1-2), and Lewis (1-0), reduced St Mary’s to 19-6, before Ramchandani (4-14) bowled two terrible overs to double the St Mary’s score and take four wickets. St Mary’s were bowled out for 32 as GKT CC won by 219 runs.
UH champions battered!
May 20, 2018
GKT CC traveled to Chiselhurst for their first away game of the season, as they faced reigning UH Champions BARTS CC in their third match of the season. Plagued by exams, 5 players made their debut for the season, as GKT CC put BARTS CC in to bat.
Rhys Williams (3-41), as ever, gave GKT CC a great start, leaving BARTS CC 11-3. Amazingly, all three wickets were caught by the square leg fieldsman, debutant, Parth Zaveri. Raghav Shaunak (1-42), bowled with great accuracy in the middle of the innings, as GKT CC never let BARTS from their grasp, preventing them from reaching 200, as BARTS ended 198-6.
GKT CC dominated the chase, as the openers put on 133. Geoffrey Lawrence batted with great control and patience for his 91*, as Soni came in to hit a quick 37* and see his side home, comfortably swatting aside the reigning champions in an emphatic 9 wicket victory.
Victory in the first UH game for GKT
April 29, 2018
A cool sunny Sunday saw GKT CC host RUMS CC for the first UH match of the season. Soni won the toss again and elected to bat first. A brilliant innings from Burhan Mirza (120) set GKT CC up for a huge score, and ably supported by Soni (54) and Rizvi (58*), GKT CC posted an intimidating score of 313-5 off 50 overs.
RUMS’ chase was initially pegged back by two early wickets for Rhys Williams, leaving the score at 23-2. However a 131 run partnership between Greenwood and Patel put RUMS CC into a strong position. Just as Patel looked to be taking the game away from GKT CC, a super catch from Sidd Raj at long off swung the game back in GKT’s favour. Despite a late onslaught from Chambers, RUMS CC were always behind the run rate and once Williams removed Chambers, ending with figures of 3-45, RUMS’ fight was all but over as they fell 30 runs short.
First game of the season results in a win for GKT
April 25, 2018
And so the season begins! On a gloomy overcast day at Berrylands, GKT CC won the toss and elected to bowl first in their first T20 of the year. With many new faces, the side was eager to get out onto the pitch after a constructive winter. Wickets were shared amongst freshers Zain Rizvi (1-15), Jai Ramchandani (1-12), Brendan Guest (2-26), and the pick of the bowlers, Bilal Chaudhry (3-10), limiting Imperial to just 93-7 from their 20.
It was a shaky start with the bat losing 2 early wickets. Rajan Soni (28) and Rizvi (18) steadied the ship, before both falling, leaving the tail with 30 runs still to score. However, Jai Ramchandani (15*), batted with great maturity to see GKT CC home in the last over with 2 wickets to spare. Despite making it very hard for themselves, GKT CC were up and running.
Upcoming events, training & fixtures
Freshers' Fair 2018
With the season now finished, it's time to turn the attention to the new season. Freshers' fair will take place in the second and third weeks of September and GKT CC will have its own stall at Guy's campus as well as at the Barbican Centre.
All those wanting to join GKT CC come along and speak to existing members who can answer all your questions. There will also be videos and slideshows showcasing our tours, socials and matches, and as always there will be plenty of freebies.
Once we know the exact location of our stall, we will post here as well as on our Instagram so you can stay updated.
Inaugural Awards Dinner
With the season now finished, it's time to celebrate the achievements of everyone at the club. This is the first time GKT CC will be holding an awards dinner and the idea is for it to become an annual tradition.
The dinner is black-tie and is open to everyone that is a member of GKT CC. For those wanting to bring guests please let the social secretaries know. Awards, location and timings will be posted soon on this page as well as Instagram and Facebook, so follow GKT to stay updated.