Full name Christopher David James Dent
Born January 20, 1991, Bristol
Current age 26 years 305 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 Derbyshire at Bristol, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire at Nottingham, Sep 27, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Gloucestershire v Somerset at Bristol, May 12, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Gloucestershire v Essex at Bristol, Jun 23, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Gloucestershire v Essex at Cheltenham, Jul 17, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|4, 0/69, 19||Gloucs||v Derbyshire||Bristol||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|13, 1/61||Gloucs||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|59, 41||Gloucs||v Kent||Bristol||12 Sep 2017||FC|
|57, 11*||Gloucs||v Leics||Leicester||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|22, 16||Gloucs||v Worcs||Worcester||28 Aug 2017||FC|
|14*||Glouc 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Bristol||1 Aug 2017||Other|
|23||Glouc 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Bristol||25 Jul 2017||Other|
|22||Glouc 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Bristol||24 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|6||Glouc 2nd XI||v Kent 2nd XI||Bristol||24 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|23||Glouc 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Bristol||20 Jul 2017||Other 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.