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Akhil Patel is an English
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

 cricket
Cricket
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the...

er who plays for Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Nottinghamshire, and the current county champions. Its limited overs team is called the Nottinghamshire Outlaws...

. He is a left-handed batsman and a slow left-arm chinaman
Chinaman
Chinaman is a contentious term referring to a Chinese person* whether of Han Chinese ethnicity* or a citizen of China, Chinese people.Or the term may also refer to:* A colloquial term for a square hay baler overhead feeding plunger...

 bowler. Patel was born in Nottingham
Nottingham
Nottingham is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands of England. It is located in the ceremonial county of Nottinghamshire and represents one of eight members of the English Core Cities Group...

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Patel made his debut first-class appearance for Derbyshire
Derbyshire County Cricket Club
Derbyshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the England and Wales domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Derbyshire...

 in April 2007 at the age of just 16, making a sturdy innings of 31 against Cambridge University UCCE, assisting the county's new Danish star Frederik Klokker
Frederik Klokker
Frederik Andreas Klokker is a Danish cricketer. A left-handed wicketkeeper batsman, he was an MCC Young Cricketer for 4 years. At one stage he was a substitute fielder for England in a game at Lord's....

 on the latter's way to a century in just his second first-class appearance.

Patel also appeared in 2007 for Derbyshire's Second XI team, once again in partnership with Klokker. Patel is an often-reliable force with the bat, his only weakness so far being shown in a Second XI game against Nottinghamshire where, surrounded by some weaker team-mates, seven of whom failed to make double-figures, Patel was caught while in the middle of an initially healthy-looking partnership with team-mate Nicholas Ferraby
Nicholas Ferraby
Nicholas John Ferraby is a former English cricketer. Macconacie was a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace. He was born in Market Harborough, Leicestershire....

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In 2009 he joined his brother, Samit
Samit Patel
Samit Rohit Patel is an English cricketer of Indian descent. He plays first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. He made his One Day International debut for England in August 2008, and three years later played his first Twenty20 International in 2011.-Early and personal...

, six years his senior, at Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Nottinghamshire, and the current county champions. Its limited overs team is called the Nottinghamshire Outlaws...

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