Bessborough 1st XI kept up their winning run on Saturday when they beat Osterley by 20 runs to move into joint fourth in the Middlesex County Cricket League.
Batting first, Bessborough got off to a ponderous start with two runs coming per over before the first wicket fell in the 10th. There was little change to that pattern in the following overs as Osterley’s attack reduced Bessborough to 95 for six after 31 overs.
Into the breach stepped young all-rounder Kibreeth Rameez (68 not out) and wicket-keeper Will Grogan (33 not out) who put on an unbeaten stand of 99 for the seventh wicket to get the side up to a defendable 194 for six from the full 45 overs.
Saturday’s knock was "Kibby’s" (pictured) best innings for the club so far, in just his seventh competitive game for the 1s.
Osterley’s reply was brisker than Bessbrough's innings with runs coming at around four per over, but the home side was kept in check by the fall of regular wickets, three of which were snared by opening bowler Gihan Pallage, who would go on to return three for 28.
Kamran Ali with 46 and Hameed Ahmadzai with 28 kept Osterley in the hunt but tight work from spinners Rameez (1-15 from nine overs), Urooj Ahmed (2-32) and Nitin Modha (1-34) helped to curtail their chase 20 runs short.
The second XI were extremely unlucky not to come away with a victory in their game with Osterley, but despite a fine batting display they were blown away by a remarkable innings from Osterley’s Pinder Singh.
At tea Bessborough were more than happy with the 256 for six they scored from 45 overs with the bulk of the runs coming from captain Phil Bush (50), restored to the openers slot, and debutant Saghar Tanoli (68).
However, they didn’t account for Singh’s devastating unbeaten innings of 131 from number three. He and Farooq Jabangir (60) took the game away from Bessborough in ruthless fashion and allowed his side to complete the chase inside 34 overs of brutal hitting.
The third team were also on the wrong end of some quickfire batting as Southgate racked up 229 runs in 32 overs before making a daring declaration as they feared rain would come.
Harrison Folland (107 not out) and Shiv-Raj Sharma (87) were the main tormentors. Sahil Hathi was the most effective Borough bowler with three for 29.
With 60 overs to play with - but unfortunately only 10 players - Bessborough went about chasing the target in a steady fashion and skipper Ian Ridley carried on his great early season form with 57 in an opening partnership of 126 with Colt Thanuka Jayawardena (45) – his best score for the club.
Ridley is currently the club’s leading runs scorer (171 runs at 42.75) and wicket-taker (11 wickets at 24.09) across all games played so far.
Hathi (18), Praekash Balendra (14) and Shiv Patel (23) - the latter a victim of a secret stag-do later than evening in the clubhouse - all helped to progress the side towards an unlikely victory but in the end the team’s shortage of players cost them dear as while chasing the game they lost the final two wickets in the 59th over, finishing 27 runs behind.
Southgate completed the double over Bessborough when their fourth team won by 100 runs, meaning that Bessborough 4s are still waiting for their first points of the season after three weeks.
Southgate’s opener and keeper Partha Dave was unlucky not to complete a century when he was dismissed for 93, while seamer Rishi Dave made sure Bessborough didn’t get close to winning with sensational figures of eight for 39. Simon Heaney top scored for Bessborough with 38.
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