Yesterday (08/05/2017) heralded a new and exciting era for Bushy Park Girls CC. Last season they played in the MCA West Boys League in a friendly basis, but in 2017 they proudly took their place as an official team in Division 3 of the U12 League. Last night they played one of their brother clubs, Hampton Hill CC, who have been so generous in supporting BPG and its development since 2012. It was a thrilling encounter with Bushy Park Girls securing victory on the penultimate ball of their innings and making BPG history by winning in the boys league for the first time.
Bushy Park Girls captain Ella Waldron won the toss and put Hampton Hill CC into bat. Opening bowler Jess Low started with a maiden and set the tone for a tight match with excellent bowling from both sides. Paige Goodwin attacked immediately, inducing the HHCC opener to loft a catch to Imogen Higgins. Goodwin (P) wasn’t finished there and bowled Hampton Hill’s No.2 bat, finishing with figures of 2 overs, 3 runs, 2 wickets. Her sister Erin Goodwin also started with a maiden and was amongst the wickets in her second over, dispatching the opposition’s most dangerous batsman (3 overs, 1 maiden, 4 runs, 1 wicket). Ella Waldron produced a fiery spell that was hard to contain, once she tweaked her radar she got a well deserved wicket on her final ball.
The strength and depth of the BPG bowling attack was commented upon by many of the spectators who lined the boundary. As one good bowler left the attack another took their place. Both Eve Abbott (2 overs, 6 runs, 1 wicket) and Emma Sloan (3 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket) got their first wickets in this year’s campaign and were a great example of the team’s plentiful resources. Abigail Avery was back on form with a wicket maiden in her solitary over, courtesy of a diving catch from Low at point. It was a welcome return for Phoebe Head, playing her first match since winning the U13 Girls League Championship last year. Imogen Higgins impressed once again with a probing brace of overs (2 overs, 8 runs, 2 wickets) and this took her tally up to 9 wickets for the season. Molly Bartlett had an excellent game behind the stumps and took her first catch as a wicketkeeper with a nick from Higgins’ bowling. A run-out brought the Hampton Hill CC innings to a close at 53 all out (17.2 overs).
They say low scoring matches are the most exciting and this lived up to that billing. Hampton Hill’s opening bowler was a class act, and he struck with the first ball of the Bushy Park Girls innings. The top order batswomen had to be resilient and glean what they could from HHCC’s accurate bowling. Despite a four from Phoebe Head the rearguard action was left to Abigail Avery and Eve Abbott to glue the innings back together after a shattering start. After Avery went for a fluid 10 runs it was left to Abbott and Imogen Higgins to construct what would become the largest partnership of the BPG innings (17 runs). Higgins top scored with 13 runs but departed in the 18th over with 7 runs left to win. Abbott was run-out at the end of the 19th over leaving Emma Sloan and Jess Low to score 5 runs in the final over. Both batswomen kept their nerve with Low striking the winning runs off the penultimate ball. It was fitting end to a match played in a tremendous spirit, one that neither side deserved to lose.
Well done to Imogen Higgins who has now scored more than 100 runs this year for BPG, and to the Hampton Hill wicketkeeper who also caught the eye with some brilliant work.
Thank you to everyone at Hampton Hill CC for making us so welcome. Thanks to Dave and Mark for umpiring, and Jit, Gavin and Alban for scoring. We wish Hampton Hill good luck in the season ahead.