Bushy Park Girls Under 13s played their final game of the West Middlesex Girls League season yesterday (16/07/2017) at Old Actonians. With wins against Ealing, Richmond and Wembley already this year this was a chance to preserve their 100% record in the league. It was an entertaining game against an ever improving Old Actonians side who fought valiantly but couldn’t live with the BPG’s match toughness.
Bushy Park Girls won the toss and captain Abi Avery chose to field first. Opening bowler Jess Low struck second ball, pinning the Old A’s opener in front of the stumps, and the umpire’s finger reached for the sky. Simrat Khaira (3-0-15-0) kept it tight at the other end and worked well with her opening partner. Low (2-0-6-2) was at it again in the 3rd over catching her victim with a LBW bullet. Evie Mayhew (3-2-2-3) was the most prolific of the bowlers (wickets), and the most miserly (runs conceded), producing the best spell of her BPG career that included 2 wickets in her first over, a wicket-maiden in her second and a maiden in her third. She truly was on truly sparkling form.
Bushy Park Girls were agile in the field with Chiara Mildon (3-0-20-0) combining with Low and Kerrie-Ann Dcunha to run out two Old Actonian girls. Dcunha’s athleticism also paid dividends when she took two catches behind the wicket. These were no mere edges but confident swipes from the batters and Dcunha bravely threw herself to her left and expertly held on. These two wickets came from the bowling of Georgia Dobson (2-0-5-1) and Isabel Jenner (2-0-7-1) who will be the senior players in the Under 13s next year.
Ella Carran (2-0-13-1) has emerged from the pack in recent weeks. At the start of the season she was nervous about playing in competitive matches but now she looks very much at home at this level. She illustrated this perfectly in the 16th over by bowling the tenth Old Actonian wicket (there were 12 Old As batswomen before you ask). Abi Avery bowled a beautiful final over (1-0-1-0) conceding just one run and Paige Goodwin (2-0-9-0) looked a little tentative while bowling but obviously had her mind on batting. Old Actonians finished their 20 overs on 78 for 10.
In reply Bushy Park Girl batted with a great deal of prowess and strength. Dcunha got her highest ever score for Bushy Park Girls, retiring on 32 not out in the 8th over. While Paige Goodwin also reached a season’s high with 27 not out. It was an action packed 10 over innings that quickly reached the 79 target, every shot was used and the ball hit the boundary in the North, South, East and West. After Dcunha retired the ever faithful Abi Avery steered BPG toward the winning line.
A special mention to Abi Avery, she is the most consistent and skilful of batswomen for the Under 13s and a knowledgeable captain. It is with some fanfare that we can announce she has passed 400 runs this year for 2017. A truly heroic achievement. Credit should go to Paige Goodwin too, she has worked hard to improve all aspects of her game. She has now reached 200+ runs this year for Bushy Park Girls.
Congratulations to all the Bushy Park Girls who have played in the Girls League this season, the team remain unbeaten and can lift the West Middlesex Girls League trophy with a great deal of pride. The girls have the chance to win the overall Middlesex title when they go to the Finals Day in North London on September 3rd. Good luck.
Thank you to Mark and Reshma for umpiring, and Alban, Neil & Emma for scoring. Thanks to Old Actonians for their hospitality.