Bushy Park Girls CC took the early spoils last month against Ealing CC but it was the turn of the West London outfit to flex theirs muscles in this U15 MCA Girls League encounter. On a balmy sunny evening at Teddington CC (18/05/2018) BPG came up against a powerful Ealing side that included their county and U15 stars. Although Bushy Park Girls fought hard it was the Ealing empire that came away worthy winners.
Ealing won the toss and put Bushy Park Girls into bat. With a mix up in personnel, and several girls still in transit to the ground it was an evolving batting line up. Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha and Abigail Avery (11) opened, the latter starting with a brace of fours. Jess Low, Ruby Wilkinson and Priya Chana followed, trying to take the fight to Ealing. The performance of the evening belonged to Amy Coppin at No.5. Her swashbuckling style was unconventional but highly effective as she reached her highest BPG score ever. Coppin finished on 23 not out and was ably accompanied by a sprightly Simrat Khaira (7) and Eve Abbott (7*). With the blade of Coppin’s bat swishing through the air like Zorro’s sword Bushy Park Girls reached 82 for 6 in their 15 overs.
In reply Bushy Park Girls bowled well but it wasn’t quite enough against a determined and talented Ealing side. Low opened with an economical spell (2 overs/9 runs) alongside Paige Goodwin (2o/20r), who had to rush to the BPG rescue after helping out at NPL Allstars. Her sister Erin Goodwin (1o/12r) and Eve Abbott (2o/13r) had also responded to the late call and sacrificed their Friday nights to help their club side. Thank you girls, we value your dedication and unselfish attitude. Both Simrat Khaira (2o/10r) and Iris Saunders (2o/13r) continued their good bowling form from Tuesday night. D’Cunha was nimble behind the stumps, and there were several close run out appeals, including a successful one in the 3rd over. Captain Avery (1o/4r) rolled the dice one last time before Ealing reached 82 for 1 at the end of the 12th over.
Congratulations to Ealing on an excellent win with a very fine team. The U15 Middlesex title that Bushy Park Girls won last year should be safe in Ealing’s hands come the end of the season. Thank you to James and Bob for umpiring, to Sandeep for scoring, and to Lauren for looking after the girls.