BPG U15 went into this week’s fixture against Chiswick & Whitton U13B hoping for their first win of the season, but with two players down on the day, it looked like an almighty task on paper. Once the chaos of having to evict another team off the astro has been solved, the game could begin, albeit delayed.
BPG, captained by Jess Low and Molly Bartlett, won the toss and elected to field – and the very generous opposition lent the home team two fielders to even it up. The girls have proved before how neat and tidy their fielding and bowling can be – and this match proved no exception. Emily Bryce and J Low opened the bowling with tight spells from both and Low took an early wicket.
Evie Mayhew (6 runs off 3 overs) and Simrat Khaira (9 runs off 3 overs) proved very economical, helping to keep the run rate contained, and some lively fielding from Claudie Dexter and Izzy Morton meant the opposition were struggling to get runs on the board.
More wickets fell with a run-out for Molly B, followed by two wickets apiece for Imogen Higgins and Erin Goodwin, all clean-bowled apart from one beautifully caught by Claudie Dexter.
With a target of 97, Molly B and Jess L opened the batting – and what a performance by Jess, who carried her bat and scored a very easy looking 39 runs (not out) off 43 balls. Although other wickets fell quickly around her, J Low kept her nerve and batted with confidence. Emily Bryce looked to be settling in for an accomplished partnership with Low, scoring 13 runs off just 8 balls, but by then the target had been reached and the game won with 7 overs to spare.
Congratulations to the BPG U15 team – nice to see them secure a comfortable win and with such flair. Many thanks to Jack Mayhew for umpiring, the parents for supporting and to the Chiswick & Whitton U13B team for their generosity and sportsmanship in the field.
Onwards and upwards U15s!