Collapse leaves Bessborough at the bottom
A horrible batting collapse against South Hampstead has left Bessborough stuck at the bottom of the Middlesex County Cricket League Division Three table.
Stand-in wicket-keeper Adil Parker (pictured), stepped up from the second team to cover the absence of Will Grogan, and he acquitted himself well at the top of the order with 32, but not enough of the other batsmen could get to grips with the sticky wicket.
From a relatively good position of 63 for three Bessborough contrived to lose their remaining seven wickets for just 36 runs to be dismissed for 99 in 39 overs.
To their credit, Bessborough’s bowlers managed to claim five South Hampstead wickets - three more for player of the season so far Kibreeth Rameez - but there was never a suggestion that victory was going to materialise.
The second XI game at home versus MTSSC was a victim of the weather with the main pitch at Headstone Manor waterlogged.
The third XI game versus Old Actonians on the much better draining top pitch beat the conditions although home skipper Ian Ridley might have wished otherwise as his side were in trouble at 60 for five.
However, a superb 81-run partnership between colt Beavan Fernando (53) and Sahil Hathi (34), followed by a stand of 38 between the young keeper and Nandesh Patel (20) helped the side to a decent position of 194 for eight declared.
Bessborough’s attack was then blunted by a defensive-minded opposition line-up as the game petered out with Old Actonians on 124 for five from the 46 overs on offer, giving Bessborough the lion’s share of the points for a winning draw.
The fourth team also struggled to find any potency in their bowling attack as Alexandra Park comfortably chased down their 150-run target for the loss of only four wickets.
Earlier, Bessborough’s batsmen had built a few solid partnerships without anyone getting a really big score, colt Jamie Young making the best score of 31. The defeat leaves Bessborough adrift at the bottom of the league with runaway league leaders Hampstead next up.
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