Bushy Park Girls u15 took on a Wembley XI (although having had transport problems – they only had 8 girls) in the league today on a glorious sunny afternoon.
BPG were captained by Amee and once she won the toss, there was little hesitation on her part as she chose to bat first. Amee and Pubudika opened the batting and set off well, pushing a few singles here and there into the gaps and that coupled with a fair helping of wides help push the total along. Amee was bowled which brought the in form Millie to the crease and she managed to get a life early on as she drove hard to short mid off and was dropped on nought. (more to come on that later) Unperturbed – Millie pushed onto top score with 24, ably supported by Pubudika who was retired on 19 not out after 15 overs to allow a few more girls to get a bat.
Stella and Lucy (some great calling and cheeky singles from Lucy!!) had an eventful few overs and they managed to see BPG past the psychological 100 mark.
Q – Bedlam. Their tall left hander came onto bowl the last over and watching Stella backing up brilliantly, she “mankaded” her, but the umpire decided a warning was appropriate. We were now down to the “last ball” of the match and Stella and Lucy agreed to go for a quick single, with the ball wide – they set off for the single and Stella was run out. Wembley cheered and thought it was all over – it wasn’t!! With the last ball being a wide – and it being the last over – another ball had to be bowled.
Prior to the last ball, the bowler warned Cerys she would “mankad” her if she was out of her ground – and sure enough, Cerys eager to go for the last single – was – yes, you guessed it – “Mankaded”. Huge excitement amongst the Wembley girls and perhaps a tinge of anxiety from their coach – but the decision stood.
After all this – Issey, playing only her second game, came into the wicket and the non strikers end, with no pads, gloves or helmet. WHAT?? ….you may cry – No – she was eminently sensible as it was the last ball and she was at the non strikers end. Well – we should have known better the way tis game was going – another wide and another quick single, meant the last, last ball wasn’t actually the last ball and a 3rd last ball had to be bowled – only this time with Issey facing and as mentioned earlier – with no gloves, pads or helmet – great old school approach – she was happy to face what as allegedly the last ball with no protective gear! In it came, Issey made good contact, quick run – return to bowlers end – run out!!! You couldn’t make it up – even the scorers were getting caught up in the tension!
Wembley came in with a target of 112 to win and with Jess (u13) and Paige (u13) opening very tightly, it was tough going. After a few legside LBW appeals, Paige eventually had their dangerous opener plumb LBW and that was the breakthrough we needed.
BPG bowling was extremely tight and disciplined, all those hours in the nets were paying off, Issey bowled very well in only her second match and even Stella had a go this time and she should be proud of her effort. Cerys also learnt the importance of line and length over hustle and bustle and hit the top of off for her second wicket with her last ball.
Molly (u13) ripped through their middle order, one bowled and another caught behind brilliantly by Becs – and was now on a hat trick. The crowd were on their feet, chanting as she came in, defended to mid off, Millie back peddled quickly and did well to get in position to take the hat trick catch, only for that pesky sun to get in her eyes and the chance was gone. Poor Molly! never fear, I am sure there will be more hat tricks to come with bowling like that!
Amee managed the field well and very generously offered Millie the chance to bowl ahead of her and finished off their innings with her third ball. The Park Girls’ won by 69 runs.
A special mention goes to Becs, in only her 2nd ever “proper” match she stepped in at Wicket keeper and did extremely well, At this level a keeper can make or break a team and she was magnificent behind the stumps, saving at least 20 extras and taking that catch to set up the hat trick that never was. Well done Becs – keep it up! We may have unearthed a gem!
The woman of the match this week is shared between Becs (Great keeping) and Paige for her tidy opening spell, wicket and no less than two catches in the field. (Hard luck Molly!)
Great afternoon – hope you all enjoyed it, everyone seemed to be involved and you all showed great team spirit. Parents watching seemed to be impressed and I had the best seat in the house! Thank you.