Full name Christopher David James Dent
Born January 20, 1991, Bristol
Current age 25 years 322 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
|First-class debut||Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire at Bristol, Apr 15-17, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Sussex at Bristol, Sep 20-23, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire at Nottingham, Sep 27, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Surrey v Gloucestershire at The Oval, Jul 27, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Gloucestershire v Essex at Bristol, Jun 23, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Essex at Cheltenham, Jul 17, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|90, 0/6, 55||Gloucs||v Sussex||Bristol||20 Sep 2016||FC|
|0/15, 9, 0/26, 58||Gloucs||v Northants||Northampton||12 Sep 2016||FC|
|15, 0/2, 35*||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||6 Sep 2016||FC|
|0/2, 94, 1/19, 4*||Gloucs||v Derbyshire||Derby||31 Aug 2016||FC|
|0, 0/25, 1||Gloucs||v Kent||Bristol||23 Aug 2016||FC|
|11, 2/21, 16||Gloucs||v Sussex||Hove||13 Aug 2016||FC|
|13||Gloucs||v Surrey||The Oval||27 Jul 2016||LA|
|10||Gloucs||v Sussex||Cheltenham||24 Jul 2016||LA|
|0, 1c/0s, 34, 0c/0s||Gloucs||v Leics||Cheltenham||20 Jul 2016||FC|
|-||Gloucs||v Essex||Cheltenham||17 Jul 2016||T20|
Chris Dent is a highly-talented left-handed top order batsman who was given a place in the Gloucestershire first XI while still a teenager. His precocity had been translated into sizeable contributions across all formats by 2016, leading his coach, Richard Dawson, to suggest that with more self-belief he had the potential to join others such as Keaton Jennings and Nick Browne, in the list of left-handers of England potential.
Bristol-born, Dent's professional career got underway in August 2009, when he signed for his home county and made his one-day debut before the season was out. He represented England Under-19s in the World Cup in New Zealand in January 2010, scoring 96 runs at 32.00 as England lost to West Indies in the quarter-final. That summer he made his first-class debut against Northamptonshire at Bristol.
Despite a modest return of 725 runs, Dent played every Championship game in 2010 and in 2011 was promoted to open the batting, where he returned a more fruitful 649 runs at 34.15, including a maiden first-class century, exactly 100, against Surrey at Cheltenham. His 2012 was hampered by a broken little finger - the same digit he was forced to have surgery on the season before - but a year later finally saw him deliver on his promise and he signed a contract extension to 2016. His 2014 began with a double century against Cardiff MCCU but it was the falsest of dawns as just 436 runs in 22 Championship innings followed.
He produced a breakthrough season in 2013 with 1128 first-class runs at 45.12 and a maiden List A century, an unbeaten 151 at Cardiff. , but a year later endured a miserable summer of only 436 runs in 22 innings. He left it late to confirm his potential in 2015, following up his part in Gloucestershire's Royal London Cup win with a late-season double century - 268 against Glamorgan at Bristol - which squeezed him past 1,000 Championship runs. Only four batsmen - Will Spearman, WG Grace, Wally Hammond and Gilbert Jessop - had scored more runs in an innings, for Gloucestershire.
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