Osterley v Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven on Sat 16 Jun 2012 at 1pm
Bessborough Cricket Club Lost by 9 runs

Match report Bessborough promotion hopes dented

Bessborough’s promotion hopes suffered a major blow away to Osterley on Saturday as not for the first time this season they narrowly missed out in a low run-chase.

Having beaten Osterley by 10-wickets in the home fixture a couple of weeks ago, Bessborough Captain Dan Hawes looked to repeat the successful formula of bowling first after winning the toss.

However, the extreme windy conditions made life difficult for the Borough bowlers and fielders, and Osterley managed to get off to a good start, scoring 11 in the first couple of overs.

It didn’t take too long for Bessborough to find their way back into the game as Ian Barrie (2-22) claimed the first wicket in the third over and soon after colt Akshay Hirani bagged two wickets in two balls.

First change bowler Rohan Karkhanis (3-34) tightened things up further with his clever spin bowling, making Osterley work hard for their runs. Bessborough continued to take wickets at regular intervals, including two spectacular diving slip catches by Rupert Thacker to dismiss Osterley’s well set opener Yaseen (42) and number six Buttat (23).

Hirani bowled full attacking lengths in his second spell to take two further wickets and ended up with 4-35 from 13 overs sharing the honours with Karkhanis for bowler of the day. Osterley finished on 125 after 40 overs.

Bessborough’s reply couldn’t have got off to a much worse start as they slumped to 25 for 4 wickets after 15 overs. It took a forty-run partnership between Barrie (34) and Andy Carr (26) to steady the ship, with both batsmen taking the attack to the bowlers, before Carr played a leading edge and was smartly caught and bowled by Osterley's leg spinner Nabi.

Despite that set-back, Borough were still looking on target at 100-6 before the loss of three wickets for no runs turned things dramatically around in Osterley’s favour.

Even then, a valiant last-wicket partnership between Hirani and Nirav Ghantiwala got Borough to within nine runs of victory before Hirani was out caught to end an exciting but ultimately frustrating day for Bessborough.

Osterley Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2w 6b 5lb 
for 10 wickets
125 (40.5 overs)
U.Nabi lbw  Barrie 5
A.Yaseen ct  Thacker b Karkhanis 42
A.Ali b  Hirani 11
A.Rizvi b  Hirani 0
K.Taj ct  Thacker b Karkhanis 0
A.Buttat b  Hirani 23
R.Patel ct  Thacker b Gunalan 2
L.Ahmed lbw  Hirani 13
N.Afzal ct  Thacker b Karkhanis 6
B.Khan lbw  Barrie 10
F.Baharami Not Out  1

Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ian Barrie5.5122211.003.77
Akshay Hirani13.053448.502.62
Rohan Karkhanis15.0734311.332.27
Nirav Ghantiwala1.00400.004.00
Ramesh Gunalan6.0223123.003.83

Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 2w 7b  
for 10 wickets

(36.4 overs)
Daniel Hawes ct  A.Rizvi 17
Ramesh Gunalan b  Khan 1
Rupert Thacker lbw  Khan 0 4
William Grogan ct  Khan 4
Ian Barrie lbw  Buttat 34
Andy Carr ct  & bowled Nabi 26
Satjeet Dhanjal ct  Buttat 8
Rohan Karkhanis b  Nabi 1
Akshay Hirani ct  Yaseen b Nabi 13
Richard Edmands lbw  Buttat 0
Nirav Ghantiwala Not Out  2

Osterley Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Photos and video of Osterley v Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven on Sat 16 Jun 2012 at 1pm

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