Molten WBBL Coach of the Month award goes to Patel

Leicester Riders made history during April as they not only won the Betty Codona WBBL Trophy for the first time, but secured what was their maiden silverware as a WBBL franchise.

Leading the way was rookie head coach, Krumesh Patel and he has been recognised for his accomplishment by being named Molten WBBL Coach of the Month.

As well as Trophy Final success, Patel also masterminded an unbeaten period, with Riders winning more games than anyone else, as well as being the only club with a flawless record during April.

They tipped off with a thrilling 90-82 double overtime derby success against Wildcats, prior to beating Hatters 81-76 at home and then registering a 72-57 road win at Durham Palatinates.

It was then time for that historic 68-53 Trophy Final against Sevenoaks – led by MVP Kate Oliver.

Riders signed off their Regular Season by outlasting Caledonia Pride 63-50 and seeing off Hatters again in a 77-69 victory – although they were just edged out in a thrilling title race.

Patel only just fended off Sevenoaks’ play-caller Len Busch for the accolade and both are the frontrunners for the Ed Percival Molten WBBL Coach of the Year gong.