Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians v West Harrow on Thu 14 Jun 2012 at 6pm
Bessborough Cricket Club Won by 55 runs

Match report June 14th saw the next instalment of the ‘Headstone Manor Derby’ with neighbours West Harrow travelling 100 yards across Headstone Manor to our home ground. Probably our greatest T20 game in recent seasons was against our neighbours in 2011, with Bessborough winning off the final ball after being in a hopeless position at one point. Could we possibly get another thriller tonight?

The match was thought to be in doubt with the large volume of rain that had come down in recent days, but thankfully groundsman Loz Horsley and worked hard to get the game on. The only other danger was the forecast of heavy rain with it due to hit our ground at around half 7. We started the game hoping we would get a full game in.

Captain James Wheeler won his first toss of the season and decided to bat first. This game was our first to played in our new T20 Barbarians coloured kit and the kit looked special on opening batsman Richard Clarke and Richard Edmands made their way out to the middle.

With outfield conditions very similar to Northwood Town from the day before and West Harrow adopting a very defensive approach in the field, Clarke and Edmands relied on pushing the ball into the gaps and running ones and twos, while looking to put the bad balls away. Clarke looked more comfortable at the crease and as Andy Carr commentated he looked relaxed and confident displaying the shots that everybody at the club has known about for years. Edmands who has hardly batted all season, battled hard and will feel better after this innings. He was gradually starting to look fluent before he was dismissed for 20 in the 10th over.

Simon Heaney and Andy Carr both came and were dismissed in quick succession with Heaney being dismissed for 4 and Carr 6. However Carr probably hit the shot of the day over extra cover which looked to have landed over the boundary rope, umpire Jerry Halfhide disagreed and signalled only a 4.

Clarke continued to bat fluently and he reached his second consecutive 50 for the Barbarians at home. Clarke showed the way forward in his innings where he struck only one 4 and three sixes. He went for power when required but also showed some delicate touches. He was eventually dismissed for 54 by opening bowler Niv.

Captain James Wheeler fresh from a man of the match performance the day before, joined Rajan Modha at the crease but he was to last only two deliveries as he was caught at long off after going for a big hit. Nitin Modha joined his teenage son at the crease but the pair were involved in a run out after Rajan wrongly called for a single, was sent back by his Dad but was run out by a direct hit from midwicket.

Ian Ridley and then Barbarians debutant Mitesh Vyas along with Nitin Modha added valuable runs at the end as we finished with a very competitive total in the conditions of 118 runs from our 20 overs.

West Harrow’s reply never really got going as the conditions and the opening spell by seamer Steve Kimsey and off spinner Mitesh Vyas never allowed our visitors to get into the game. Kimsey dismissed opener Sangeet plum LBW but it was the first change bowlers of Ian Ridley and Nitin Modha who caused the damage.

The pair picked up 5 wickets in a four over spell between them (Ridley 2, Modha 3) which ripped the heart out of the West Harrow reply. Ridley picked up and LBW (Mikhail) and a bowled (Kunj) while Nitin Modha picked up 3 wickets for 2 runs with captain Wheeler and Steve Kimsey JR both taking a decent catch off his bowling. Modha like Simon Heaney the day before, was on a hat-trick at one point but he could unfortunately not claim it this time.

The last rights were delivered by Steve Kimsey SR and the returning Mitesh Vyas who both picked up a wicket each. But the final wicket belonged to Rajan Modha who was excellent in the field, produced and outstanding throw to run out Veet for 12. West Harrow were bowled out for 63 in only 10 overs with the Barbarians winning by 55 runs.

Man of the match in this game, unlike the night before was not close with Richard Clarke who produced the outstanding performance of the night with his innings of 54, presented with the award after picking up 10 of the allocated 11 votes. This is Clarkey’s second award of the season.

Next up for the Barbarians, is a return game at West Harrow on Tuesday Evening.

Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 6w 4b  
for 7 wickets

(20.0 overs)
Richard Clarke Bowled  54
Richard Edmands Lbw  20
Simon Heaney Caught  4
Andy Carr Lbw  6
Rajan Modha Run out  9 1
James Wheeler Caught  2 1
Nitin Modha Not Out  5
Ian Ridley Bowled  6
Mitesh Vyas Not Out  1
Stephen Kimsey   1
Stephen Kimsey Snr  

West Harrow Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy

West Harrow Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
63 (10.0 overs)
Kunj b Ridley 7
Sangeet lbw Kimsey 6
Humit ct Kimsey b Modha 9
Mikhail lbw Ridley 2
Karan ct Wheeler b Modha 3
Veet run out (R.Modha) 12
Dhiran b Modha 0
Shail b Kimsey SR 5
Kyle b Vyas 5
Natu Not Out  0

Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Stephen Kimsey2.00717.003.50
Mitesh Vyas4.0012112.003.00
Ian Ridley2.001628.008.00
Nitin Modha2.01230.671.00
Stephen Kimsey Snr2.0011111.005.50
Photos and video of Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians v West Harrow on Thu 14 Jun 2012 at 6pm

Man of the Match v West Harrow, June 14.

Man of the Match Richard Clarke getting his award from umpire Jerry Halfhide for his match winning 54 v West Harrow