Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians squad

Barbarians in 2024

The Bessborough Barbarians are the midweek Twenty20 side that was formed back in 2007 by captain James Wheeler. The side and the concept has developed over the years, so much so that 'The Barbarians' play over 15 games a season, with the majority of the games being played with a yellow ball and in a coloured kit.

The Borough has always had a rich history in Twenty20 cricket with us winning numerous Mayor of Harrow and Middlesex Competitions in the 1990s. With the explosion of professional T20 competitions in the early noughties, more and more club players were keen to play at our level.

In 2007, James Wheeler began organising friendly fixtures for players of all abilities against local sides and companies. Our first game was on June 8th 2007 with a home game v South Harrow. A thrilling game finished with South Harrow scrambling two byes off the final ball to earn a tie.

Since then we have played different local sides including rivals West Harrow, Harrow St Mary's and Kenton. Other opponents have included the Met Police, teams from Sky Sports and other local sports clubs including Headstone Rangers Football Club.

In 2012, the midweek side, officially became 'The Barbarians' and began playing in their new coloured kit and played more games than they have before with a total of 10 games.

The Barbarians had their most successful season in 2014 winning 7 of their 9 games and playing some exciting and attacking cricket all summer.

We used 25 players with the majority contributing to a successful season. The Player of the Season award went down to the final game, with no fewer than 6 players being in contention. The eventual winner was batsman Sammy Hawes who picked up the award thanks to some vital contributions in close wins against Ruislip and Northwood Town.

So what does 2015 have in store for the Barbarians? Hopefully more of the same in terms of results, I would once more expect the power hitters of Carr, Bush and Ghantiwala to lead the way in terms of run scoring and hopefully I can chip in with a few runs myself. With the ball, the experienced pair of Ridley and Clarke should once again be amongst the wickets while the younger bowlers such as Kimsey and Kanthasamy will be another year older and hopefully wiser.

Hopefully 2015 can even eclipse last summer in terms of fun and results on the field.

Performance history