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Turnham Green v Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven on Sat 06 Jul 2013 at 1pm
Bessborough Cricket Club Won by 8 wickets (10pts)
Bessborough moved joint top of the Middlesex Championship with a resounding eight-wicket victory at Turnham Green & Polytechnic on Saturday.
Despite the scorching heat, Bessborough Captain Dan Hawes decided to take to the field after winning the toss, backing his troops to chase a target after the batting heroics of last week’s win against Old Actonians.
Pace bowler Neal Patel (pictured) made an early breakthrough bowling Turnham Green’s opener Roland Bryan for a duck in the third over, but despite some tight and probing bowling from Patel – who conceded only eight runs in his opening seven-over spell – it wasn’t until Hawes brought on his spinners Alexander Haniff (1-74) and Rohan Karkhanis (3-56) that more wickets fell.
A dropped chance to remove the dangerous opener Ed Lush (57) when he was in the twenties could have proved more costly, but having reached his half-century the Turnham Green player walked past a sharp turning Karkhanis ball for keeper Will Grogan to expertly stump.
With a few wickets in hand, Turnham Green chanced their arm towards the end of the innings with some big shots from Lovell (37) and Jamil Ahmed (24), but the reintroduction of Patel into the attack proved decisive as the young quick bowler got rid of four lower order bats as the home side used up all 55 overs to finish on a respectable 201-9.
Patel, playing only his second match of the season due to his medical studies finished the game with clinical figures of 5-32 from 13 overs.
With 28 runs coming in the first five overs of Bessborough’s innings it seemed that openers Hawes and Tharshan Kanagaraj had agreed during the tea break to get to the target in boundaries rather than kill themselves running in the blistering heat.
The swift progress was halted slightly when Kanagaraj missed a straight full toss to be out for 14 lbw to David Boothroyd (1-40) with the score on 30, but normal service was quickly resumed as number three Haniff joined Hawes in hitting boundaries all around the ground.
The pair added 121 runs for the second wicket when Hawes eventually gave way with a tame caught and bowled to Solly Strickland (1-38) after hitting a fluent 79. Hawes now has an impressive 429 league runs at an average of 61.29.
While Bessborough sides of recent years might have wobbled when needing only 50 or so runs to win, this current team is made of sterner stuff. The powerful Talha Junaid came in at number four and elegantly smashed an unbeaten 46 from only 22 balls to finish off the game in only 37 overs. Haniff's 54 not out raised his Middlesex Championship tally to 312 runs at an average of 78.
The win gives Bessborough 45 points at the halfway point of the season, the same points as M.T.S.S.C. and Crouch End, with Old Actonians a single point behind.
Bessborough are the only unbeaten team in the league after nine weeks and will be looking to keep up its good run of form in this week’s home match against fifth-placed Birkbeck College. The Headstone Manor-based side picked up a winning draw when the two sides faced each other in May.
Turnham Green Batting
2nb 2w 8b 2lb
for 9 wickets
201 (55.0 overs)
st Grogan b Karkhanis
ct Edmands b Karkhanis
ct Shah b Haniff
ct Haniff b Patel
Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven Bowling
Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven Batting
2nb 5b 5lb
for 2 wickets
ct & b Strickland
Turnham Green Bowling
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