Bessborough Cricket Club Midweek squad


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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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