Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians v Sky Sports Active on Thu 31 May 2012 at 6pm
Bessborough Cricket Club Won by 58 runs

Match report Richard Clarke and Andy Carr were the star performers as our Barbarians Twenty20 team claimed their first win of the season last Thursday winning by 58 runs in a reduced 18-overs a side game against Sky Sports Active at Headstone Manor.

Our opening home game didn’t start until 6.40pm due to our opposition struggling to break through the rush hour traffic. Sky Sports Active decided to forfeit the toss and allowed the Barbarians to bat first. The returning Nick Wale and Simon Heaney started off the innings for the club but both Barbarians openers were dismissed without scoring.

Andy Carr fresh from top scoring with and winning the man of the match award against Bushey 2 days earlier continued his form with the bat with a quick-fire 44. This took his tally to a total 100 runs in the 2 Barbarians games this week.

The middle order of captain James Wheeler (6), wicket-keeper Alex Irani (2) and Rajan Modha (1) were all dismissed in quick succession with some questionable shot selection bringing down their downfall. These dismissals left the Barbarians 65-6 after only 8 overs. Sports Active’s opening bowler Ratik took 3 wickets with his medium pace bowling.

Sajteet Chana and Richard Clarke began to rebuild the Barbarians innings with intelligent batting. With the Sky Sports Active fielders fairly deep inside the inner circle, the pair played sensible cricket, pushing 1s and 2s before both putting the bad ball away. Both players were particularly savage on any bad deliveries.

Clarke, fresh from a first baller against Bushey on Tuesday, was the pick of the pair scoring runs all round the wicket and he was particulary savage against Anquar taking 24 off his only over. Clarkey finished 59 not out striking 3 sixes and 5 fours. Chana finished 37 not out as the pair put on 102 in only 10 overs for the 7th wicket with the Barbarians finishing with 167 from their 18 overs.

Sky Sports Active’s innings nearly got off to the worst possible start with opening batsman Mark Hirst edging the first ball from Ian Ridley to James Wheeler at slip who somehow managed to drop the catch after juggling the ball 3 or 4 times. Hirst went on to make 41 in only 8 overs with him striking 3 sixes and he played very positively against Ridley and Danny Hawes who was bowling leg breaks.

Ridley eventually got his man with the final ball of his spell, nipping a ball back through the gate and ending Hirst’s well made innings. His opening partner Ankur only made 6 and he was dismissed in the next over when Simon Heaney took an unbelievable catch off the bowling of Hawes. Heaney got under the skier at midwicket but somehow caught the ball with him being unsighted. It was truly a champagne moment.

With the light fading, medium pacer Stephen Kimsey and spinner Rajan Modha bowled tight and both managed to pick up a wicket each. The returning Nick Wale who was making his first app for Bessborough in 3 years bowled some off breaks at the end and picked up 2 wickets.

Kimsey who complained of a sore shoulder even managed to run out 2 batsman as the Sky Sports Active innings faded with them eventually finishing 58 runs shorts.

Once again the game was played in great spirit with both sides enjoying a drink and a chat about the game in the bar afterwards. Next game for the Barbarians is next Thursday at home against the Sky Sports Football Department.

Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 6 wickets

(18.0 overs)
Nick Wale ct Sub b Ratik 0
Simon Heaney b Ratik 0 1
Andy Carr ct Hirst b Ratik 44
James Wheeler lbw Coulton 6
Alex Irani b Coulton 2
Satjeet Dhanjal Not Out  37
Rajan Modha b Shirag 1
Richard Clarke Not Out  59
Ian Ridley  
Daniel Hawes  
Stephen Kimsey  

Sky Sports Active Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

Sky Sports Active Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
3w 1b 1lb 
for 8 wickets
109 (18.0 overs)
Hirst b Ridley 41
Ankur ct Heaney b Hawes 6
Gomez b Kimsey 5
Vinnell b Wale 31
Thornton b Wale 5
Chitre run out (Kimsey) 1
Khara run out (Kimsey) 3
Crellin lbw Modha 4
Wooley Not Out  4

Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ian Ridley4.0020120.005.00
Daniel Hawes4.0028128.007.00
Stephen Kimsey3.0027127.009.00
Rajan Modha4.0017117.004.25
Nick Wale2.00723.503.50
James Wheeler1.00600.006.00
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Man of the Match v Sky Sports Active, May 31

Richard Clarke receiving his Man of the Match Bottle from Barbarians Captain James Wheeler in our game v Sky Sports Active