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Bessborough thrashed by Winchmore Hill

Urooj Ahmed top scored with 46 not out before Bessborough were well beaten
Urooj Ahmed top scored with 46 not out before Bessborough were well beaten
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Winchmore Hill gave Bessborough’s first team a schooling on Saturday as Jim Gatting’s mammoth 154 helped his side win a one-sided Middlesex County Cricket League encounter by 238 runs.

Only overseas player Urooj Ahmed, with a plucky 46 not out, got above double figures in our reply as Bessborough crumbled to 79 all out in 29 overs. The defeat dropped Bessborough down to seventh place in the league with 20 points, eight points above Harrow Town at the bottom. On to the next week (second-placed MTSSC at home) as the saying goes.

The second XI restored some pride with a comfortable(ish) four-wicket victory over Wycombe House at Headstone Manor. Opening bowlers Nirav Ghantiwala (2-22) and Talha Junaid (3-43) hit the ground running by dismissing Wycombe House’s two openers very cheaply.

Number three bat Khan offered some resistance with 38 but wickets continued to tumble at the other end; especially during a devastating six-over spell from newcomer Faisal Tanoli when he took four for three to rip the heart out of the opponent’s line-up. WH eventually ran out of wickets in the 30th over on 113.

Bessborough’s Adil Parker (9) and Tharshan Kanagaraj (27) put on 43 for the first wicket to get the side nearly halfway to the target, but it wouldn’t be a proper Bessborough victory without the customary wobble as the side gave away six more wickets before completing the job in the 23rd over.

The team moved up to sixth after the win with 22 points and will hope to build on that next week away to Winchmore Hill.

The third team lost a close match against Winchmore Hill in the last over to dent their promotion hopes. Batting first, Bessborough declared on 187 from 46 overs with solid contributions throughout the order - the pinnacle being Vinay Bhudia’s 40.

Bessborough's veteran bowling attack of Ian Ridley (3-50), Nitin Modha (3-74) and Dipak Chavda (0-34) - backed up by the more youthful Stephen Kimsey Jr. (0-27) - used all of their cricketing knowledge to probe the Winchmore Hill line-up but a combination of dropped catches and patient batting helped the visitors get the winning runs in the last over.

The fourth team picked up their first points of the season with a winning draw away to Harrow St Mary’s. Batting first, Bessborough put aside their recent woes with a string of solid partnerships with Simon Heaney (57), Eddie Idrees (61) and skipper Richard Ward (35) leading the charge, allowing the latter to declare on 218 for nine after 46 overs.

Unfortunately, the win wasn’t to be as HSM showed what it takes not to lose games by digging in for 52 overs to close on 130 for six.

On Sunday, Bessborough won their opening match of the Chess Valley season with a comfortable five-wicket win over Watford Town at Headstone Manor. Stand-out performers were bowlers Thanuka Jayawardena with four for 32, Ian Ridley (3-26), Nitin Modha (3-44) and batters Rajan Modha (70) and Tharshan Kanagaraj (54).

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