Scorecard

Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven v Alexandra Park on Sat 18 Aug 2012 at 1pm
Bessborough Cricket Club Won by 9 wickets (10pts)

Match report Bessborough first eleven continued their excellent form by thrashing Alexandra Park by 9 wickets in their final home game of the season at Headstone Manor Park on Saturday. The result stretches the first team’s run to 4 games without defeat which includes 3 wins and a winning draw.

On a boiling hut summer’s day at Headstone Manor, Borough captain Danny Hawes lost his 7th consecutive toss and Alexandra Park won the toss and elected to bat. In ideal batting conditions, Ian Barrie and Neal Patel tested the Alexandra Park openers Cordy and Van Der Merwe with some excellent swing bowling but even though they were giving very little away they couldn’t take the opening wicket.

With Barrie struggling with a niggle, captain Hawes cleverly switched Neal Patel to the Allotment End and he picked up the first wicket when Van Der Merwe spooned a pull shot straight to Ian Barrie at midwicket. Patel who got three A’s in his A-Levels on Thursday was buzzing and he picked up the wicket of Alexandra Park’s number 3 Josh De Kock caught and bowled in the next over for a duck.

Patel was now bowling in tandem with left arm spinner Rohan Karkhanis and the pair continued to build more pressure on the Alexandra Park batsman. Karkhanis has been in excellent form this season with 24 wickets and he continued to bowl with guile and flight and gave the batsman nothing to hit. However, it was the excellent Patel who picked up the third wicket having Sameem caught behind by Wayne Whitson.

Alexandra Park were now in big trouble at 30-4 after 15 overs and there batsman looked unsure whether to bat themselves out of trouble or hit themselves out. Alexandra Park’s number 5 Alistair Wilson struck 44 when the sides met 2 weeks earlier was the next man to fall as he was bamboozled by Karkhanis and given out LBW for a duck.

The only real resistance had come from opening bat and captain Derick Cordy who mixed powerful drives with a resolute defence. Just after the drinks break he struck Ramesh Gunalan for 3 boundaries in an over and he began to look like he was getting into some form. Hawes immediately responded bringing back strike bowler Ian Barrie who dismissed Cordy soon after when he mistimed a drive and was caught brilliantly by the captain Hawes at mid-off.

Gunalan was then brought back into the attack, this time bowling his off breaks rather than his medium pace and along with Karkhanis they continued to put a stranglehold of the Alexandra Park line up. Even though the tail wagged, we continued to pick up wickets and when Gunalan picked up the wicket of Ben Boccabella for a grafting 22 it was a case of wrapping up the tail.

Eventually we finished off Alexandra Park in the 40th over when Rohan Karkhanis picked up his fourth wicket dismissing our visitors for 97. The pick of the bowlers were Neal Patel who finished with 4-14 and Karkhanis with 4-28.

To say we started our innings positively would be an understatement as our opening batsman Hawes and especially Gunalan set about our reply. The pair both started playing positive shots and took Alexandra Park bowling attack apart. Captain Danny Hawes looked solid once more in defence and assured in attack and he showed why he is averaging 63 in the league on Saturday.

We raced to 50 in 6 overs with the pair being particulary savage on Dan Palmer who was hit for 38 in his 3 overs. Gunalan showed his class with drives and pull shots straight from the MCC coaching manual. He was eventually bowled by Grover one short of a brilliant 50 which came off only 25 balls. New batsman Elango Thavalinkam blocked his first ball before hitting his second ball for 6 and giving Bessborough a 9 wicket win in only 11.1 overs with the game finishing at 4.33pm.

Next week our first eleven travel to Greenford to take on Birbeck College.

Alexandra Park Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
extras
TOTAL :
4nb 10b 1lb 
for 10 wickets
15
97 (39.5 overs)
     
Derick Cordy ct  Hawes b Barrie 30
Johan Van Der Merwe ct  Barrie b Patel 8
Josh de Kock ct  & Bowled Patel 0
Faaric Sameem ct  Whitson b Patel 5
Alistair Wilson lbw  Karkhanis 0
Ben Boccabella b  Gunalan 22
Munish Grover ct  Hawes b Karkhanis 3
Samir Patel b  Karkhanis 0
Nicholas Lankester ct  Shah b Patel 6
Dan Palmer Not Out  8
Cameron Meggitt ct  Grogan b Karkhanis 0

Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ian Barrie5.0121121.004.20
Neal Patel11.041443.501.27
Elango Thavalinkam1.00200.002.00
Rohan Karkhanis17.532847.001.57
Ramesh Gunalan6.0222122.003.67

Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
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TOTAL :
 
for 1 wickets
0
99

(11.1 overs)
    
Daniel Hawes Not Out  38 45 39 7 97.44 2
Ramesh Gunalan b  Grover 49 39 25 8 1 196.00
Elango Thavalinkam Not Out  6 6 2 1 300
James Wheeler  
Andy Carr  
Sanil Shah   1
Wayne Whitson   1
Neal Patel   1
Rohan Karkhanis  
William Grogan   1
Ian Barrie   1

Alexandra Park Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Cameron Meggitt6.023300.005.50
Dan Palmer3.003800.0012.67
Munish Grover2.1022122.0010.15
 
Photos and video of Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven v Alexandra Park on Sat 18 Aug 2012 at 1pm

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (1)

Ian Barrie bowling in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (2)

Neal Patel bowling during his tremendous spell of 4-14 in 11 overs v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (3)

Neal Patel bowling during his tremendous spell of 4-14 in 11 overs v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (4)

Ramesh Gunalan bowling during our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (5)

Wayne Whitson keeping wicket in our win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (6)

Wayne Whitson keeping wicket in our win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (7)

Wayne Whitson keeping wicket in our win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (8)

Wayne Whitson keeping wicket in our win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (9)

Ramesh Gunalan batting during his blistering 49 from 26 balls in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (10)

Danny Hawes leading from the front in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (11)

Ramesh Gunalan batting during his blistering 49 from 26 balls in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (12)

Danny Hawes leading from the front with a flick off his legs in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (13)

Danny Hawes leading from the front in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (14)

Ramesh Gunalan playing a pull shot during his blistering 49 from 26 balls in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (15)

Ramesh Gunalan batting during his blistering 49 from 26 balls in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (16)

Ramesh Gunalan batting during his blistering 49 from 26 balls in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Bessborough v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012 (17)

Danny Hawes leading from the front with a leg glance in our 9 wicket win v Alexandra Park, Aug 2012

Patel keeps clubs winning streak alive

Harrow Observer, 25 August 2012