MIDDLESEX CHAMPIONSHIP CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
Osterley 242-9 dec
Bessborough 161 all out
Osterley won by 81 runs
BESSBOROUGH’s slim chances of winning the Middlesex Championship suffered a blow on Saturday as they lost by 81 runs at home to table-topping Osterley.
This third straight loss sends Borough to eighth in the league, 25 points behind Osterley, and to have any chance of promotion, Boro realistically need to win all six of their remaining league games.
After being asked to bat by Bessborough captain Dan Hawes, Osterley compiled a steady innings in which no single batsman was able to score fluently.
Four players were out in the 30s and 40s, Amrinder Buttar top scoring with 47 as Osterley declared on 242-9 after 50 overs.
Alexander Haniff was the pick of the Bessborough bowlers with 3-66, while Neal Patel (2-69) and Rohan Karkhanis (2-38) each picked up a couple of wickets.
Bessborough’s reply could not have got off to more of a worse start as in the second over William Grogan gloved one from Ahmad to second slip for a duck and then in the same over Hawes was given lbw for four.
Calamity followed in the next over when Haniff (5) was adjudged to have left his crease after leaving a delivery from seamer Samir Khan, only for keeper Bhatt to strike from 10 yards.
Two more lbws, this time for Tharshan Kanagaraj (2) and Talha Junaid (7), had Bessborough reeling on 22-5.
A spirited lower order fightback added respectability, but was always likely to fall short of the mountainous task and eventually, after 36 overs, Bessborough were all out for 161.
Meanwhile, Boro’s seconds claimed a vital win and 10 points at fellow relegation strugglers Edmonton, thanks in large part to a brilliant spell of bowling by Eranda Jayasinghe (7-58).
Edmonton were looking comfortable at 93 without loss when Eranda’s purple patch saw them capitulate to 169 all out. Vivek Patel (2-31) and Mitesh Vyas (1-33) claimed the other wickets.
Despite the early loss of openers Adil Parker (1) and Phil Bush (4) a calming 70 from Hemmen Jutla, ably supported by Rishi Patel (28) and Vivek Patel (20 not out), saw Bessborough home by a resounding six-wicket margin.
Bessborough’s thirds picked up a point from a losing draw in a high-scoring match at Wycombe House.
The fourths claimed an excellent winning draw against promotion contenders Perivale, with number eight spin bowler Richard Willson (5-51) proving to be the surprise package.
But the Sunday team lost heavily at home to Ruislip by 153 runs.