Bessborough Cricket Club 2nd Eleven squad

Second Eleven

The 2018 season saw Bessborough relegated to the Middlesex Championship after many years in the Middlesex County Cricket league. 2018 saw a massive rebuilding project for the club are a loss of many players, with Bessborough almost facing collapse. 

In 2019, Bessborough merged with Kay Plus to start a rebuilding project at the club. Currently the second eleven sit mid table in Division One of the Middlesex Championship.

Skipper Alex Irani will look to bring the side back up to the Middlesex County Cricket League and hope for more glory in the future.

2nd Eleven

Captain : Harris Malik

Vice Captain : Dinal Kadawathage

Left handed batsman and can also bowl off spin or medium pace. 
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

William Grogan
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman & Wicket-keeper
Nickname: Bill

Bill is another talented young cricketer who has progressed through our successful colts system. He is a very talented batsman who can is technically very correct who can play shots all around the ground.

As wicket-keeper he is highly talented but has had his opportunities restricted by Wayne Whitson and Jigar Shah in recent seasons, so has played mostly in the First Eleven as a batsman.

His studies have got in the way of his cricket in recent years so hopefully he can play more regularly in 2016.

Alex Irani
Role: Left Handed Middle Order Batsman & Wicket Keeper
Nickname: Ronnie
Barbarians No: 10

Ronnie is a very cheeky and talented batsman who’s game has really progressed in recent years. He is a very popular member of the club on and off the field.

As a batsman, Ronnie is an excellent middle order batsman. He is technically sound but his real strength at the wicket is his ability to be unorthodox. He is a wristy batsman who plays shots all around the wicket and is especially good against spin bowlers. He also offers an excellent option at the top of the order in Twenty20 cricket, taking advantage of the early overs. 

In the last 3 seasons his batting has come on leaps and bounds. In 2012 and 2014 he scored well over 300 runs. His 2013 season was his best in his career scoring 602 runs at an average of 43 with five half centuries. In 2012, Ron scored his second hundred for the club and his first League hundred with a brilliant 109 not out against South Hampstead batting at 7.

He is also a much improved fielder who is good all round the field, whether at slip or in the outfield. He took 4 catches (3 at slip) in a game in 2011 and rightly picked up the fielder of the year award.

After being forced to keep wicket at university 3 seasons ago he has excelled. With Adil Parker, hanging up the gloves he now offers a realistic option behind the stumps for Phil Bush's second eleven.

Thanuka Jayawardena
Role: Right Arm Leg Break Bowler
Nickname: TJ

A young talented leg break bowler, after making a couple of senior appearances in 2014, much is expected of Thanuka in 2015.

Thanuka is a big turning leg break bowler who bowls with excellent flight and control for a young spinner. As well as a big turning leg break, he bowls a well disguised fast ball and a top spinner.

His best performance in his fledging senior career was when he took 2-17 in 7 overs for our Third Eleven in our 199 run win against Finchley in June 2015.
Tharshan Kanagaraj

Role: Right Handed Top Order Batsman
Nickname: Tharsh
Barbarians No: 99

The son of our Colts Chairman, Raj. Tharshan is a very talented high order bat who has matured in recent seasons and has started to put the scores on the board that everybody knew he was capable of. He has been a key player in our junior sides in the past and has started show his class.

Tharsh is a very gifted high order batsman who loves to take his time at the middle. He is for all purposes, a classic number 3 batsman. If the ball is moving around early on he is quite happy to see the bowling off and score once he gets in or if the bowling is a little loose he will go on the attack.

2015 was Tharshan's best season for the senior side as he plundered 436 runs including three half centuries for our First and Second Elevens.

As well as being an excellent batsman, he is a handy spin bowler and excellent fielder.

R Modha
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman
Barbarians No: 94

Rajan has been around the club a lot in the last 15 years, He is a technically correct batsman who is starting to mature and develop his game.

2014 was a breakthrough season for Rajan as he struck his first senior hundred. This form continued into 2015 where he recorded his highest score of 116 against Harrow, he also scored the first ever T20 hundred by a Barbarians batsman for the club against Northwood Town in June finishing up with 818 runs in 2015.

He is also a handy off break bowler who has the knack of picking up crucial wickets. He is also a good all round fielder.

Adil Parker
Role: Right Handed Opening Batsman
Nickname: Dildo
Barbarians No: 12

Dildo is one of the busiest members of the Borough on Saturday’s during the season as he combines his role Second Eleven vice-captain abd Opening Batsman. He has been the leading batsman for the second eleven in the last 5 seasons and is Bushy’s chief Lieutenant on the field.

As a batsman, Dildo has evolved from a big hitting middle to lower order dasher to a cultured and correct opening batsman. He has retained his elegance but he has become much more patient at building an innings and has scored consistently in recent seasons. He also has the ability to improvise with his big hitting and his delicate cuts and flicks and even some reverse sweeps.

He has been very consistent in recent years passing 400 runs in each of the last three seasons.

Adil has spent the majority of his career as a wicket-keeper but he gave up the gloves in 2014 to concentrate on his batting. In his pomp he was a exceptional wicket-keeper who took some brilliant catches over the years and is exceptional standing up to the spinners.

In 2012 he had an exceptional season with both bat and gloves. He was the fourth highest run scorer with 535 runs at an average of 23.26 with a highest score of 80. With the gloves he claimed 30 victims with an incredible tally of 19 victims. 

Ajan Sivakumar
Left arm spinner
Sujan Sivakumar

Role: Right Arm Fast, Right Handed Top Order Batsman 

Nickname: Sujji, Suj     

Barbarians No: 11 


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