Bessborough’s first team picked up their first league points of the 2016 season on Saturday but it was a nervy affair as they beat North London in the Middlesex County Cricket League.
Batting first, North London were ticking along comfortably on 46 without loss after 15 overs before a run out (Ishan Shah) claimed opener and keeper Ralph Pedersen for 13, and soon after Jack Godfrey-Wood and Tom Wakeford were both sent back to the clubhouse without troubling the scorers.
A fourth-wicket partnership of 65 between opener Hussain Shabbir (86) and Alan O’Shea (14) got the score up to 123 before another flurry of wickets ended the innings on 168 before the allocated 45 overs were up.
Number eight Jordan Gregory added most of the late-order runs for the home side by scoring 24.
Pick of the bowlers for Bessborough were spinners Sherrick Chavda (4-38) and skipper Rohan Karkhanis (2-12 with an economy rate of 1.33 per over).
Bessborough’s response was anything but plain sailing as few of the top order could stick with opener Ishan Shah (34) for long. Nonetheless, at 150 for four, the away side were looking comfortable with the always dangerous Ian Barrie cruising on 64.
However, his wicket sparked a collapse as a further three wickets fell in quick succession leaving them needing three more runs with only two wickets remaining. Tail-enders Karkhanis (1 not out) and Chamath Thuduwewatta (4 not out) saw the side home without any more scares.
The game was held up for a time during Bessborough's innings when umpire Tim Langer was struck on the forehead and had to be taken to hospital. Everyone at Bessborough Cricket Club wishes Tim a speedy recovery and hopes to see him out in the middle very soon.
The victory for the 1s was as good as it got for the rest of weekend as all three other Saturday sides suffered heavy defeats. The defeat for the third eleven at home to North London ended their superb 13-game unbeaten streak although the last-wicket pair of Stephen Kimsey and birthday-boy Peter Doole nearly pulled off a remarkable salvage operation as they bravely blocked out for 22 overs before succumbing 10 balls from securing a losing draw when Kimsey was bowled.
On Sunday, Bessborough exited the Middlesex County Knockout Cup at the second round stage with a 67-run defeat away to Acton CC.
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