Bessborough Cricket Club 1st Eleven squad


Over the years, the club has had an exceptional first eleven and has produced some outstanding players who have starred for the club and gone higher up the cricketing pyramid. The most famous former member of our first eleven is former England, Middlesex and Surrey batsman Mark Ramprakash who starred for the club in the 1980s.

The club's first eleven achieved promotion back to the Middlesex Cricket League in 2014. Led by captain Rohan Karkhanis, the first eleven topped the Middlesex Championship, winning the title with one week to spare. Not only did they achieve promotion, they went the entire summer unbeaten.

In 2015, the team struggled with consistency and it was real achievement staying in the Division at the end of the season. A flurry of late wins meant we stayed up on the final weekend and could look forward to another season in the Middlesex Cricket League.

The 2016 season led a raft of changes in the playing conditions, most notably the introduction of 45-over win/lose format for half the season. As ever, the team had quality on paper but were unable to capitalise early on the new format until another surge towards the end of the season. Vital results against promotion candidates, led them to safety with a game to spare, condemning another local rival to relegation on their way.

2017 was not a successful campaign for the 1st XI. Relegated from the Middlesex Cricket League, into the Championship. However, hopes are high for 2018, new blood has been bought into the team and leadership group revamped to add some "pazzaz" to the flagship team. BRING ON 2018

Being led by Hemmen Jutla, a strong core remains in the squad; many of which have played together for many years through the colts division. Hemmen has plenty of experience in captainship through his youth, collecting numerous trophies on the way and hopes to bring this success to the flagship team of the club.

1st Eleven

Captain : Hemmen Jutla

Role: Right Handed Top Order Batsman
Nickname: Hemsey
Barbarians No: 9

A free scoring and dashing top order batsman, Hemsey has been a key performer for our First Eleven in the last few seasons. He is another product of our excellent junior section and captained youth sides for many years.

In recent seasons Hemsey has backed up his outstanding talent with a run of scores for our First eleven. He has recently experimented with different positions in the batting order. Finding strength at the top of the order, setting the tone early and looking to dominate opening bowlers from the outset.

Maintaining his athleticism, Hemsey still remains one of the quickest fielders at the club and has one of the biggest arms at the club.

Vice Captain : Premal Patel

Rohan Desai
Role: Right Arm Fast, Right Arm Bat 
Nickname: Des, Del-boy, Dench, The Beast from the East

Desai is an aggressive opening bowler, who leaves everything on the field. He is another member of our highly successful Colts setup and since finishing university he has become an integral part of our side. He uses every part of his 6ft 4in frame to generate as much pace as possible and bowls a searing pace. He is a real in your face quick bowler in the mould of Australian bowler Brett Lee.

He is no mug with the bat either who is capable of blocking up and end or giving the ball a good whack. He scored his first senior half century in 2013 in a Sunday League game at Highgate.

Surprisingly for a quick bowler he is an excellent fielder and one of the club's most reliable catchers. Even more surprisingly, he is an occasional, yet outstanding wicketkeeper for the Sunday 1st XI

Vidoosha Jayawardena
Role: Left Handed Opening Batsman
Nickname: Doosha and VJ

One of the club's best young prospects, Vidoosha has started the 2015 season in the same way that he left last season by scoring runs for our senior sides.

A talented and free flowing opening batsman, Doosha has been a high scorer for our junior sides and represented both Middlesex and borough. He started 2015 by scoring two half centuries for our Third Eleven which game him some opportunities for our Second Eleven where he did not look out of place.

A free flowing scorer all round the wicket, Doosha is very strong through the offside especially off the front foot.

He is also a handy Off Break bowler and good fielder.
Vivek Patel

Role: Left Handed Middle Order Batsman & Fast-Medium Pace Bowler
Nickname: Vivz
Barbarians No: 2

Vivek is another exciting young cricketer who has produced some outstanding performances for our senior sides in recent seasons. He is a true all-rounder who is capable of winning games for our First and Second Elevens with both bat and ball in his hand. He is a dynamic stroke player with the bat and a skiddy medium pace bowler who is a yard quicker than he appears.

In the last three seasons he has struck five half centuries with a best of 80 not out against Northwood Town for The Barbarians last summer.

With the ball his spell of 5-43 for our second eleven against Wycombe House in May 2014 was his best display to date.

Vivek joined the club's youth setup aged 15 and developed his cricket very quickly. He also plays Sunday cricket for Neasden who hire our third eleven ground.

Mitesh Vyas

Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman & Right Arm Off Break Bowler
Nickname: Mits

Mits is another product of our excellent junior system and he has become a vital member of our senior sides since 2011. Everybody at the club is sure that Mit will develop into a fine allrounder in the coming seasons but his main role currently is with the ball.

Last summer was the first season that he showed his outstanding talent with the bat as he scored 344 runs at an average of 31 and struck three half centuries.

Mit is an excellent off spin bowler who bowls big spinning off break and a clever arm ball. He is also not afraid to give the ball some air when needed and he doesn't get intimidated if a batsman tries to get after him. After showing much promise in 2010, it was one year later that was his breakthrough with his performances seeing him win the senior bowler of the year award.

He has continued to excel and in 2014 he picked up a career best 35 wickets. In four of the last five seasons he has taken 20+ wickets and become a vital member of our first and second eleven squads. 

Performance history