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by Simon Heaney Tuesday 26 April 2016
Bessborough suffered a sound thrashing at the hands of local rivals Harrow St. Mary’s as for the second year in a row they made their departure from the Royal London Club Championship at the first stage.
The game had started well enough for the visitors to HSM’s ground, a few hundred yards further up Headstone Lane from Bessborough’s Headstone Manor base, when Rajan Modha ran out opener Ruparella before he had faced a ball and seamer Jay Chavda (2-28) claimed two more early wickets.
However, HSM captain Tom Pettet came to his side’s rescue with a brilliant 118, ably supported by Kunj Thakkar (57). HSM would finish their 45 overs with an imposing score of 273 for eight. Sherrick Chavda grabbed some late wickets to finish with the best bowling figures of three for 56.
Bessborough’s reply started terribly with Phil Bush bowled off the first ball and wickets continued to tumble as they slumped to 65 for six. All-rounder Vivek Patel (pictured) made a classy 55 and captain Rohan Karkhanis scored 36 to add a measure of respectability to the score as Bessborough closed 120 runs behind.
On a chilly Saturday, a mixed side captained by third-team skipper Ian Ridley visited Knebworth Park’s picturesque ground in Hertfordshire, which despite a five-wicket loss provided a good workout for some players, old and new.
Highlights for Bessborough included a half-century by Bhavin Kakkad (54), and solid forties from Kibreeth Rameez (40) and Ian Barrie (44). New player Shaji Jacob was the pick of the bowlers with two for 23.Bessborough will hope to iron out some of the winter rust next weekend when the 1s and 2s take on Harrow in the final friendlies before league competition starts, while the 3s and 4s will go head-to-head on the top pitch at Headstone Manor.
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