Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians v Northwood Town on Thu 12 Jun 2014 at 6pm
Bessborough Cricket Club Won by 9 wickets

Match report Barbarians made a winning start to their 2014 season with a hugely impressive nine wicket win over Northwood Town. Northwood’s captain Andy Burt won the toss and elected to bat first on a glorious June evening at Headstone Manor.

Despite a fast start by Northwood’s openers Suvin Mekwan and Ravi Kotecha, the Barbarians opening bowlers of Sharuban Kanthasamy and Steve Kimsey managed to gain some control and bowling very few bad deliveries. However it was Twenty20 specialists Ian Ridley and Richard Clarke who made the first inroads. Ridley picked up the first wicket bowling the dangerous Mekwan for only 12.

Clarke, playing his first game since the final Barbarians game of last season found the wicket assisting his quick off breaks and he managed to pick up three wickets from his four overs at a cost of only 25 runs. All three of his wickets were bowled including two in consecutive deliveries.

As well as bowling well, the Barbarians ground fielding was of a much higher level than in 2013 which made Northwood Town fight for every run as they limped along without ever putting the Barbarians under too much pressure.

Ridley and Kanthasamy returned to close out the Northwood Town innings both picking up a wicket each and restricting Northwood Town to 122-6 off their 20 overs.

Over the winter the Barbarians think tank had talked about being more positive in the opening six overs and Paul Jarvis and Nirav Ghantiwala certainly listened with a positive attack on the Northwood Town attack. Jarvis made a stylish 14 off only a handful of deliveries before being caught brilliantly at extra cover by Bentvelzen off Malik.

This brought the star Barbarians batsman Andy ‘Geezer’ Carr to the crease. Geezer’s absence for the majority of the 2013 season through injury played a large part. With a low sun just above the sightscreen and a swinging ball, Carr found it difficult early on as he was dropped twice by the wicket-keeper but he battled on and started to time the ball fluently.

Carr and Ghantiwala began to construct a matchwinning partnership of 97 with shots all around our Headstone Manor ground. Ghantiwala was very strong off his legs while Carr continued to pierce the off side with his booming drives including two which carried all the way for the 6.

With the pair finding the boundaries at ease it was no surprise that victory was achieved inside 15 overs with Ghantiwala finishing unbeaten on 51 and Carr unbeaten on 46. The win ended a run of three consecutive defeats in Barbarians games against Northwood Town and set the side up well for the rest of the 2014 season.

For his brilliant innings of 51, Ghantiwala was named Man of the Match.

Northwood Town Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
13w 3b 3lb 
for 6 wickets
122 (20.0 overs)
Suvin Mekwan b  Ridley 12
Ravi Kotecha b  Clarke 40
Andy Burt b  Clarke 18
Sandip Thakrar b  Clarke 0
Aiden Lawrence Not Out  24
Kyle Lawrence b  Kanthasamy 5
Pradip Pandey ct  J.Wheeler b Ridley 0
Jonathan Bentvelzen Not Out  4
Mihir Patel  
Sajid Shafique Malik  
Ali Ghaffar  

Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Sharuban Kanthasamy4.0021121.005.25
Stephen Kimsey4.002200.005.50
Ian Ridley4.0020210.005.00
Hemmen Jutla4.002800.007.00
Richard Clarke4.002538.336.25

Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
11w 3b 1lb 
for 1 wickets

(14.3 overs)
Paul Jarvis ct  Bentvelzen b Malik 14 3
Nirav Ghantiwala Not Out  51 5 1
Andy Carr Not Out  46 4 2
Richard Edmands  
Matt Wheeler  
James Wheeler   1
Richard Clarke  
Hemmen Jutla  
Ian Ridley  
Sharuban Kanthasamy  
Stephen Kimsey  

Northwood Town Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ali Ghaffar4.002700.006.75
Sajid Shafique Malik4.0031131.007.75
Kyle Lawrence3.001800.006.00
Mihir Patel3.003500.0011.67
Jonathan Bentvelzen0.301100.0022.00