Bessborough Cricket Club Sunday Eleven squad

Sunday Eleven

Captain : 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.

Vice Captain : Harshil Sumaria

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.

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. 

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

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.
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.
Rajan 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
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.

Robbie Cup Award 2011

Performance history