Bessborough Cricket Club Barbarians squad

BESSBOROUGH BARBARIANS

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.


Barbarians

Captain : James Wheeler

Role: Right Handed Top Order Batsman & Wicket-Keeper
Nickname: Wheels
Barbarians No: 16


A top order batsman who has improved with age, Wheels has been a piece of the furniture since joining the club as an 8-year old in 1989. As well as opening the batting for our third eleven, Wheels formed and captains our midweek twenty20 side ‘The Barbarians’.

A dominant opening batsman, Wheels has started to score heavily in recent seasons with three of his four career hundreds coming since August 2012. Wheels is predominately a front foot player who is very strong between point and extra cover. He loves to use his feet to all types of bowling and against spinners he looks to sweep or go inside out over the covers.

Wheels has made an excellent start to this season registering career best scores in both weekend and twenty20 cricket in June 2015. He hit 159 not out for our third eleven against Finchley which showed his full range of shots and led his side to a 199 run victory. In Twenty20 cricket he struck 73 for The Barbarians in ‘The Headstone Manor Derby’ against West Harrow as he led from the front.

Wheels is also a more than useful wicket-keeper who is a regular behind the stumps for The Barbarians and has also kept wicket for our second and third elevens in recent seasons.

Highlights in his cricket career include scoring a magnificent 143 against North Middlesex 3rd team as our thirds chased 350+ to win a MCCL league game. Other highlights include playing with eight members of the 2005 Australia touring side and playing at Lords in 2011 representing his work team - Sky Sports Football Department against a NPower Select XI. 

Off the field as well as running The Barbarians he works as the club's website editor and has made big improvements to the site in recent years.

Vice Captain : Richard Clarke

Role: Right Handed Top Order Batsman and Off Break Bowler
Nickname: Clarkey & Rickle
Barbarians No: 18


Rickle is an excellent all round cricketer and he has been a vital member of the Borough over the last 10 seasons. Since 2012, Rickle only played Twenty20 cricket for our Barbarians side.

He put on a string of outstanding performances in 2012 which won him the Barbarians Player of the Year Award and he also struck more sixes than any other batsman. He scored 205 runs at just under 70 and struck two 50s.

He is an excellent bat who is capable of batting anywhere on the score sheet, but prefers to bat at the top of the order. Over the years he has got both the first and second eleven sides off to excellent starts as he always takes a positive approach and he is not afraid of hitting the ball over the top from word go.

As a bowler, Rickle is something of a golden arm, who is always capable of picking up crucial wickets. He is very effective in Twenty20 cricket and does a great holding role with ball. Last season he picked up 13 wickets for The Barbarians at an average of 11.54. 

Rickle is also a top fielder who is an excellent at the point and in the covers. Rickle originally joined the Borough in 2002 after learning his cricket as a colt at Eastcote.

Players
Praekash Balendra
Role: Right Handed Top Order Batsman & Off Break Bowler
Nickname: Praks
Barbarians No: 22


Praekash is a tidy top order batsman who looks to accumulate runs. His highest score came against Wembley in 2015 where he made an unbeaten 92 helping Bessborough win a tight game by two wickets. 

His favorite shots are the cut shot and the cover drive. He's also a part time off spinner, and a safe pair of hands in the field. 

Praekash made his midweek Barbarians debut in 2014 where he averaged 29 with the bat.

Philip Bush
Role: Left Handed Top Order Batsman
Nickname: Bushy
Barbarians No: 23


Bushy is a talented opening batsman who has success in recent seasons scoring runs for both the first and second teams. In 2011 he replaced Richard Edmands as second team captain and led the team to a respectable midtable finish in third division of the Middlesex Cricket League.

In recent seasons the second eleven have had similar success and in 2014 only missed out on promotion in the final week of the season.

In the last 3 seasons he has struck 17 half centuries and scored over 1800 runs. 2012 proved to be the finest of his Bessborough career. He was the club's leading run scorer with 734 runs in all competitions at an average of just under 30. His 734 runs included nine 50s. In Saturday League cricket he averaged just over 30 and scored 491 runs and more impressively led his Second Eleven to an impressive fourth in the table.

He is a powerful striker of a cricket ball who is particularly strong on the offside. He scored a memorable hundred for our second eleven in 2008 against a strong Enfield side, this was his second hundred for the club. He likes the ball coming onto the bat as most opening batsmen do. Bushy is also an adventurous captain who is never afraid to take a risk on the field.

He is also part of Bessborough furniture after spending large parts of his childhood at the club with his father Nick being a star batsman for the second and third eleven’s in the 1980s and 1990s.

Andy Carr

Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman
Nickname: Geezer, Spalding, George
Barbarians No: 7


Geezer even in his mid 40s is still one of the most important players at the club both on and off the field. He does so much work behind the scenes which a lot of club members don’t realise.

He struggled with a serious arm injury in 2013, but his return to fitness in 2014 saw him score 471 runs at an average of 39.25. 2012 was also massively impressive for Geezer when he struck 626 runs at 28.45. He struck four 50s and only Phil Bush scored more runs than him in 2012.

As a Junior he played in the same side as former England batsman Mark Ramprakash and has stayed with the club he joined in the late 1970s.

He is a hard hitting middle order batsman that hits the ball all around the ground. He is brutal against all types of bowling but is particularly savage against spin bowling. He is the best sweepers of a ball at the club, he is able to play all manner of sweep shots hitting the ball all around the leg side.

He has scored 15 centuries for the Borough over the years including a Twenty20 hundred in a Mayor of Harrow game at Pinner coming in at number 5.

As a bowler he started off as a canny off break bowler but his greatest success was as a medium pace seamer for the first and second elevens. Always bowling full and straight, Geezer always concurred with the saying ‘they miss and you hit’. He has plenty of variation and has been a regular wicket taker. Due a shoulder injury which has worsened in recent seasons, Geezer decided to retire from bowling in 2012.

Dipak Chavda
Role: Right Arm Off Spin Bowler
Nickname: Mr C


Dipak is a very underrated cricketer who is a wily old fox with the ball often getting out good batsman with a varation in flight and pace. He rarely plays at weekends now claiming he is ‘too old’ and prefers striking golf balls to cricket balls.

In 2014 he had an outstanding season with the ball picking up 16 wickets for our Third, Fourth and Barbarians teams. By the middle of this summer he had already taken more wickets than in 2014 with a best performance of 4-53 v Twickenham for our Third Eleven.

However as Vice-Chairman he is still heavily involved at the Borough and does make fleeting appearances in our Twenty20 side. Mr C proved that Twenty20 is not a young man’s game by winning the 2008 Twenty20 player of the Year award as voted by his team-mates. Dipak put in some excellent performances with the ball that season.

Jay Chavda

Role: Right Arm Fast Medium Bowler
Nickname: Chav, JayDog
Barbarians No: 69


Jaydog is a swing bowler who bowls with great control and often does an excellent holding job without always getting the wickets that he deserves. He is also a brilliant Twenty20 bowler who is exceptional at bowling at the end of innings.

2011 was his break out season, when he finally emerged from his brother’s shadow and put in some exceptional performances with the ball. He lead the Second Eleven attack on Saturday’s and the First Eleven on Sundays and rightly won the Most Improved Player for the club in 2011.

In 2012, JayDog's performances carried on where he had left off in the previous season picking up 26 wickets at an average of 19.54. The highlight was a 5 wicket haul against South Hampstead 2nds in August. He continued to impress in 2013 picking up 24 wickets at an average of 28.

Chav is a very underrated batsman who very often has to bat at the business end and he does hit a long ball and he is also an excellent fielder. He scored an excellent 50 on tour at Lydney in 2012 which helped set up a close win.

He is a great character off the field due to his comedy and camp dress sense. He is also an excellent cameraman who takes some great photos which appear on this site. 

Sherrick Chavda
Role: Right Handed Top Order Batsman & Off Break Bowler
Nickname: Shezza, Chav & Bigfoot
Barbarians No: 13


After 2 seasons away from League Cricket for the club. Shezza is returned to the Borough in 2014 and helped the club to promotion back to the Middlesex Cricket League. A former club captain, Shezza has been Chilli's deputy since the start of the 2015 season.

Shez is an excellent top order batsman who is equally comfortable opening the batting or coming in at first drop. He is a fine player of pace bowling and scores his runs elegantly all round the ground.

His greatest strength with the bat could be argued is his pacing of an innings. In 2011 he scored an excellent 102 at Uxbridge in a losing cause but he showed all his character and technique to get to a hundred and keep the Borough in the hunt.

He is a canny off break bowler who tends to bowl with good variation and is especially good in Twenty20 cricket when the ball is going around the park at the other end.

Shez left the club at the end of the 2011 season to play Premier League cricket in Hertfordshire with North Mymms but returned in 2014. He joined the club aged 11 and he was the captain of our successful U13 side that won the National Championships in 2001. He also played a very high level of University cricket while studying at Loughborough.

Peter Doole
Role: Left Handed Middle Order Batsman & Wicket-Keeper
Nickname: Dooley
Barbarians No: 11


Dooley is the club’s senior pro and longest serving player after joining the Borough as colt in the 1960s. 2016 was his 49th consecutive playing season. He has served the club with great distinction as a wicket-keeper for our first three elevens (keeping in all 5 Mayor of Harrow wins) and served many roles for the club off the field including chairman, colts Chairman, Bar Chairman and treasurer.

He has been a stand out gloveman for the Borough in the last 35 years and set a standard that all Borough keepers have had to aspire too. His class is shown by ability standing up to the wickets and he still takes some blinding catches and stumpings for the third team and Middlesex Over 50's.

As a batsman Dooley is particularly strong off the back foot especially behind point through offside. He has scored runs for Borough mainly in the middle to lower order but in recent seasons has batted even higher for the third eleven. Dooley is a character both on and off field, his cheeky wit and banter on the field with his trademark panama and his story telling and jokes off the field make him a true Borough legend.
Richard Edmands
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman and Leg Break Bowler
Nickname: Ed and The Bear
Barbarians No: 20


Ed is a former Second Team captain and current club treasurer who has been at the club for over 10 years now after moving down from Yorkshire. He is a very popular member of the Borough and a big character on the field and in the bar.

In recent seasons Ed has dropped down into the middle order after spending the majority of his early Bessborough career as an opening batsman, although he still bats at the top of the order in Twenty20 cricket. He is an excellent accumulator of runs. Ed is very comfortable against spin bowling in which he loves to sweep and use his feet.

Ed is also a more than handy leg break bowler who has picked up many wickets in his career including a 7-80 against South Hampstead a few seasons ago. What Ed lacks in control he makes up with the amount of turn he gets.

William Gill
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman & Medium Pace Bowler
Nickname: Will
Barbarians No: 77

Will is a hard hitting allrounder who is a regular for our Fourth Eleven and in the last couple of seasons has turned out for our midweek side 'The Barbarians'.

As a batsman, Will is a aggressive middle order batsman who plays shots all around the wicket. He hits a long ball and very rarely plays a defensive shot. In 2014 he was named as Fourth Team Player of the Year after his performances with bat that scored 254 runs at average of 21.17.

He is also a handy medium pace bowler who regularly swings the ball away from the right handers. His best figures where when he picked up 4-35 against Harrow Town in August 2013.

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.

Sahil Hathi
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman & Right Arm Medium Fast Bowler
Nickname: Hat


Sahil in recent seasons has done a fantastic job as Fourth Eleven captain. He managed to get some decent results while getting a side out every week and allowing our young players to improve their game.

For this season, Sahil has moved up and been appointed our Third Eleven Vice-Captain to assist Captain Ian Ridley.

A destructive middle order batsman for our Fourth Eleven, Sahil is very strong through the offside especially on the front foot. In 2014 he had his best season for the seniors scoring 420 runs at an average of 24.71 which included two half centuries.

Sahil is a reluctant bowler but he can definitely provide variety to any attack. He may sometimes lack control but he bowls a hard ball and has the potential to run through a middle to lower order.

Like most allrounders he is a good fielder.
Sammy Hawes
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman
Nickname: Sam
Barbarians No: 24

Sammy is a young and up and coming batsman who plays the majority of his cricket for our Fourth Eleven and Barbarians teams. He only took up cricket seriously in 2012 and has made great improvements to his game in the short time that he has been playing.

As a batsman Sammy is still developing. He has a reasonably good defence and the key for him now is to gain an attacking game. He has got an excellent back foot drive that has improved no end in recent seasons.

His strongest asset to his game is his outstanding fielding. He is quick across the ground and makes some brilliant stops in the covers.

He is the son of our current chairman Tim Hawes and younger brother of former club captain Danny.

Simon Heaney

Role: Right Handed Opener, Middle Order Batsman
Nickname: Si
Barbarians No: 75


Simon joined the club a few seasons ago and has already become a valuable club man on and the off the field. He is currently our Press Officer and Editor of The Nibbler.

He is a decent top order batsman for our fourth team and is also a handy off break bowler who is particularly good as a Twenty20 spinner in doing a holding role.

In recent seasons he has started to get some scores that everybody at the club knew he was capable of making. His career best was 90 for our fourth eleven against Turnham Green in June 2015.

Carl Hoar
Im a right handed bat and bowl right arm slow medium pace. 
Lawrence Horsley
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman
Nickname: Loz
Barbarians No: 4


Loz is a hard hitting middle order batsman who has spent the best part of 25 years playing at the Borough. For the last few seasons he has been combining playing cricket with working as our groundsman.

In recent seasons, Loz has stopped playing weekends and become a Twenty20 specialist. Loz is big hitting middle order batsman who is very strong on the drive. He has played some big innings for our second and third elevens.

He is also a very good slip fielder and he has taken some stunning catches in recent seasons. He scored his only hundred for the club for our third eleven in 1996 against Staines & Laleham

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.
 
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.
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.
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.

Sharuban Kanthasamy

Role: Right Arm Fast-Medium Bowler
Nickname: KP
Barbarians No: 93

'KP' made his debut for the Bessborough senior sides in 2013 and proved to be an excellent addition to second and third eleven squads. He is a seam bowler, how bowls at decent pace and hits the pitch hard. As a batsman he is more of a lower order slogger but he is outstanding in the field with a cannon of an arm.

After a steady first season with the club, he had an outstanding 2014 when he picked up more wickets than any other seam bowler at the club with 27 wickets at an average of just over 17.

In 2015, KP managed to force his way into the First Eleven earning the right to take the new ball. He picked up a career best 43 wickets at an average of just over 24.

This season could not have started better for him. As well as being selected to play for an Essex Cricket Board Development Team, he also bowled at the Sri Lankan Test squad at Chelmsford in May.

Stephen Kimsey
Role: Right Arm Medium Pace Bowler
Nickname: Junior
Barbarians No: 19


Steve joined the Borough in 2010 after playing against us for wandering side Paddington. He had just moved to the area and wanted to play some regular and competitive cricket.

He is an up and coming bowler who bowls at no more than medium pace. He likes to bowl wicket to wicket with the keeper standing up. His style of bowling has proved very useful in the middle overs of a Twenty20 game.

In 2013 he picked up 23 wickets which his best return for the Borough. He also picked up the Third Eleven Player of the Year for his outstanding performances under Nathan Theebaraj.

He continued his form into 2014 picking up 21 wickets with a best performance of 5-41 against North London for our fourth eleven.

He is no mug with the bat but generally finds himself batting 9, 10 or jack but he is capable of hitting a long ball.

He is also a decent outfielder with a good pair of hands.

Nitin Modha
Role: Slow Left Arm Bowler
Nickname: Nit & Master

One of the club's senior professional, Nitin is still putting in top class performances well into his 50s. A top class allrounder in his day, Nitin is now mainly used by the club is a holding spin bowler who can be asked to bowl 20 to 25 overs in a day. 

In the last 3 seasons Nitin has picked up 100 wickets and was rightly crowned bowler of the year in both 2014 and 2015. Last season he picked up 57 wickets for our First and Second Eleven's which was the most by any bowler at the club.

Nitin was a member of our first junior section in the early 1970s before moving away from the area. In his pomp he played a very high level of club cricket all over the country including a spell playing for the Derbyshire Second Eleven.

Since returning to the club in the early noughties, Nitin has been club captain and also worked as chairman in recent seasons.

Rajan Modha
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman
Nickname: Mini Modha
Barbarians No: 94


Rajan has been around the club a lot in the last 10 years, first watching his Dad Nitin play and in the last 8 years, playing himself. 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 for our fourth eleven. This form continued into 2015 where he recorded his highest score of 116 against Harrow in a pre-season friendly and he also scored the first ever hundred by a Barbarians batsman against Northwood Town in June as well as finishing up with 818 runs in 2015.

He is also a handy off break bowler who has the knack of picking up crucial wickets. In recent seasons he has played much of his cricket in midweek in our Twenty20 side. 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. 

Nandesh Patel
Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman & Off Spin Bowler
Nickname: Nando


Nando is another successful graduate of our excellent youth system and as represented the club from every age group from Under 11s to our senior sides.

He is very much a modern day cricketer who provides good options with both bat and ball and is very good in the field. A bowling all-rounder, Nando's strength is his off spin bowling. He bowls with good variety and spins the ball hard. His best performance for our senior side was when he took 6-5 against Wycombe House third eleven in August 2012.

With the bat he is excellent in the lower middle order supporting the top order by batting for them or playing the big shots to chase down or post a total.

Nando is not just bright on the field as he is currently studying medicine at Edinburgh University.
Shiv Patel
Role: Right Handed Top Order Batsman
Nickname: Shiv

This is Shiv's first season at Bessborough after joining the club in the winter of 2015 and impressing in training. A top order batsman who is strong all around the wicket, Shiv made his first score of note against Wembley for our second eleven in June by hitting 65.

Shiv is also a good allround fielder who has an excellent pair of hands.
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.

Kibreeth Rameez

Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman & Slow Left Arm
Nickname: Kibby
Barbarians No: 5

Kibby is one of the most exciting young players currently at the club. After excelling at Under 15 and Under 17 level, Kibby jumped straight into Phil Bush's second eleven as a regular spin bowling option and lower order batsman.

In recent seasons Kibby has shown what a capable batsman he has become. He stands very correct at the crease who is very strong through the offside. He showed his class at the start of 2016 by scoring consecutive half centuries for the first eleven and in the process winning the Bessboroughcc.com Player of the Month Award for April and May.

As a bowler, Kibby is an excellent slow left arm bowler who can tie down an end or look to take wickets. He picked up 31 wickets during the 2015 season with a career best 5-59 against Middlesex Tamils for our second eleven in May.

As a fielder, Kibby has everything. A good pair of hands, quick across the ground and an excellent arm.

 

Ian Ridley
Role: Left Handed Middle Order Batsman and Right Arm Medium Pace Bowler
Nickname: Riddlers
Barbarians No: 83


A determined and guttsy allrounder, Ridders has taken on the captaincy our Third Eleven for the 2015 season. Ridders bowls gun barrel straight at a brisk medium pace and bats in the middle order who is capable of playing most type of innings.

Ridders has been a regular on the Harrow cricket circuit representing both Pinner and Harrow St Mary's before joining the club in 2011. He made an immediate impact winning Second Eleven Player of the Year that season scoring 400 runs at the top of the order.

He is a canny medium pace bowler who is capable of taking the new ball or operating as a partnership breaker in the middle of the innings. He has been a revelation for The Barbarians and since 2011, he is the only bowler to have claimed over 50 wickets in the short form of the game. In Twenty20 cricket he often opening the bowling and then finishing his overs by bowling at the death with the wicket keeper standing up.

As a batsman he is determined and gutsy at the crease and he is particularly strong off the back foot and is very strong square of the wicket on both sides. His best performance with the bat was for our second eleven against Old Actonians in July 2011 when after bowling Actonians out for only 128, Riddles struck a majestic 93 not out in a brilliant 9 wicket win.

Ajan Sivakumar
Left arm spinner
Sujan Sivakumar

Role: Right Arm Fast, Right Handed Top Order Batsman 

Nickname: Sujji, Suj     

Barbarians No: 11 

  

Rupert Thacker

Role: Right Handed Top Order Batsman
Nickname: Rupes

A top draw top order batsman, Rupes has been one of the best players to have ever played for the club. He has over the years scored more than 20 hundreds for the club and is true class to watch at the crease. As well as being one of our standing cricketers, Rupes also played for the Middlesex 2nd Eleven in the early 1990s.

In recent seasons, he has played a lot less due to work and family commitments, but when he has played he has always shown his class. He is also an excellent fielder who has one of the safest pair of hands in Middlesex. 

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. 

Richard Ward

Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman & Slow Bowler
Nickname: Wardy
Barbarians No: 78

Wardy is as much improved middle order batsman for our Saturday third and fourth eleven and is also a useful slow-medium bowler. Wardy joined the club in 2007 after moving to London from the North East and he immediately set about making himself a vital member of the Borough.

Nobody works harder than Wardy in the nets all year round to improve his game and he has come on leaps and bounds in recent seasons. He is a tall man who is not afraid to give the ball a wack.

Also Wardy has taken on the role of club secretary in recent seasons and he is the leading man in driving the club on to bigger and better things off the field. He also loves a pint and can often be found propping up the bar into the early hours.

HONOURS
Robbie Cup Award 2011

Matt Wheeler

Role: Right Handed Middle Order Batsman
Nickname: Matty, Moose and Little Wheels
Barbarians No: 67

Matty makes a return to the club in 2012 after not playing a game in 2011 and as Geezer remarked ‘Matty must be the only person who attended more working parties than play games in 2011’. He had a couple of excellent seasons batting at number 3 and 4 in the second eleven under Ed’s captaincy.

Matty is a dashing middle order batsman who is happy batting anywhere in the order apart from opening the batting. He plays shots all round the wicket and is a fine striker of the ball. Matty is the type of player who scores quickly without ever looking in a rush. He is however a poor starter of innings, but if he gets in he tends to go on and score some big runs.

He also is an excellent fielder at point or at cover and is a useful medium pace bowler who is particularly useful at bowling at ‘the death’.

Richard Willson
Role: Left Handed Middle Order Batsman & Right Handed Off Spin Bowler
Nickname: Willsano
Barbarians No: 8


Richard made his debut for Bessborough in the summer of 2012, after moving to the area, and has been part of the 4th XI set up since then with occasional visits to the 3s.

He is a middle order batsman who has opened the innings on occasions. In addition he bowls some gentle off spin when called upon and has also kept wicket when times are desperate!

Highlights so far in a Bessborough shirt have been a top score of 91* against North London in 2015 and bowling figures of 5 for 51 against Perivale Phoenicians. He is hoping for new highlights to be made in the coming season.
 
Jamie Young

Role: Left-arm medium pace bowler & Left-hand middle-order batsman
Nickname: Jay


Jamie is an aggressive and talented young all-rounder who is looking to secure himself as a regular for the senior sides.

Jamie is a canny left-arm medium pace bowler who relies on changes of pace and seam movement rather than express pace. He mainly opens the bowling on a Saturday, but can finish off the innings as well.

He is a middle-order batsman who can do the role of scoring quickly or blocking out for a draw.

He's also a safe pair of hands in the field.

HONOURS
Fourth Team player of the year 2015

Performance history
SeasonMatchesWonDrawnTiedLostCancelledAbandoned
All89410032160
2017111000100
201611700400
201516800800
201413700240
201316300940
201217400580
20115200300