Bushy Park Women make their debut


Sunday 19th May was a historic day for Bushy Park Girls CC. It was the first time we fielded a Women’s team as we embarked on a new adventure with a game in the Middlesex 20/20 League against Actonians Ladies.

Mind you it almost didn’t happen for late on Saturday we only had 8 players and had just found out that we had to play in coloured kit! Fortunately, Middlesex had kit for us and it was duly retrieved from Finchley. Then Julie Fielder the Middlesex U13 Manager kindly offered to play for us and Dawn was still thinking about it! Saturday closed with 9 (or maybe 10) players ready to make their debut.

Sunday afternoon proved a little muggy with the threat of storms in the air and a little rain falling on arrival at Actonians ground. The team arrived in dribs and drabs through the mizzle before it was enlightened by a gleam of white. It was Dawn resplendent in Paige’s spare cricket whites! We had 10! Hang on. It’s 11. Linda deciding to forsake her scoring duty and slipping on Lauren’s spare whites. A full team to make our debut. With Dawn, Linda and Julie our team’s average age must have risen from 14 to at least 17 😊!

After a short warm up Lauren lost the toss and Actonians chose to bat. Nobody wanted to keep wicket so Lauren took the gloves and Eve Abbott had the honour of bowling the first over for Bushy Park and Alex Barton the Actonians opener showed her intentions by fiercely pulling a ball to the leg side boundary. Another followed in the next over bowled by Paige but then Eve speared a ball through the other openers defences to take Bushy Park’s Women’s first ever wicket. 18-1.

Erin replaced Eve for the 5th over and took a wicket with her 1st ball winning an LBW appeal against Actonian’s number 3 bat. 28-2. At the other end Emily came on and she to claimed a wicket in her first over bowling the number 4. 31-3.

Both Erin and Emily did a good job at restricting the runs although Alex Barton continued to punish anything lose and must have scored about 90% of the team runs at one point. The run rate increased. Evie Mayhew bowled a first over where there were a couple of mis-fields that damaged her bowling figures but she came back to bowl a miserly 2nd over conceding just one run. At the other end Maddie bowled two excellent overs to keep things tight.

Abi came onto bowl and was somewhat frustrated that their number 5 bat kept turning balls off her middle stump round the corner for runs. However, in the 16th over she took the prize wicket of Alex Barton, who departed for a magnificent 70 out of 97 scored, after a very well judge catch by Maddie. Only 12 other runs had been scored off the bat whilst she was in. 97-4

Eve came back to bowl the only maiden of the innings and then our youngest player Erin sprang to life and threw the ball in to run out their number 5. Paige and Eve completed the death bowling so that Actonians finished on 120. An excellent bowling and fielding effort from the team well manipulated by Julie helping Lauren.

Highlights in the field included Linda’s Ronaldo like stepover and Dawn waiting and looking forward to fielding a ball that was coming to her only for Eve to swoop in front and pick it up.

Lauren went to debate her batting order (I am guessing there was the usual lack of volunteers for opening!) while the crowd pondered on whether 121 was a gettable target.

Onto the field stepped Paige and Abi. Your reporter was a little concerned on the pairs ability to stay calm under pressure given the previous days ‘spider’ incident (you can ask them!) but they showed little sign of nerves as they started off positively running quickly between the wickets as if there were a giant tarantula chasing them!

Singles were turned into twos and fours punched hard to the boundary until Bushy Park were getting ahead of the run rate and we were 45-0 off 8 overs. Actonian’s captain Alex seeing the danger bought on herself and the canny Sue Donaldson to tighten things up and it wasn’t long before the latter claimed the wicket of Abi for 34. 55-1 off 10 overs.

Emily came to the crease and looked to up the tempo but in her next over Donaldson threw up a tempting delivery and Emily looking to dispatch it to the boundary missed. 62-2 off 11.

Evie came in looking to stop the rot but got an unfortunate inside edge the rolled back onto her stumps. 63-3 off 12.

Captain Lauren joined Paige to try and get the inning back on track. A four through the covers for Paige and one over midwicket for Lauren bought some relief but then Lauren trying to drive Donaldson over cover sliced the ball and was caught. 75-4 off 15. 46 were needed off 5 overs.

Julie joined Paige with the instructions to look for quick singles, turns ones into twos and twos into threes (ok I made that bit up!). Nevertheless, the tempo went up with 10 off the next over and Julie out running Paige! The pair continued to keep the scoreboard moving but with nearly all the Actonian’s fielders on the boundary 4s were hard to achieve and ultimately with 18 needed off the last over it proved just too high a mountain to climb. Bushy Park finishing on 109-4. Paige ending with an excellent 35* and Julie 18* off just 14 balls. (and she had to run most of those!)

It was a fantastic achievement from all the girls in Bushy Park’s first women’s match and they can be extremely proud of themselves. I am sure everyone learnt a lot from the experience which will help in the coming games. A big thank you to Alex, Marilyn and the Actonian’s Ladies for making us feel so welcome. To Jack for standing in to score and making a very professional job of it (you can have the job every week!) and a special thank you to Julie, Dawn and Linda for making sure we had 11 players on the pitch for our first game.

BPG U14 Outclassed by Richmond

It was a busy week for some of the BPG girls this week with back to back fixtures. Wednesday evening saw the U14s take on a mighty Richmond U14 in an 8-a-side league match. Again, logistical obstacles meant the match start was delayed somewhat, so suitable light this early in the season would be a factor in the closing overs.

With Richmond winning the toss and electing to bat, the pressure mounted very quickly as three of the batsmen retired after reaching over 30 runs. Unfortunately, despite some flourishes from Matilda Le Frenais and Ruby Oakley and some blistering bowling from Eve Abbott, in general BPG looked a bit too casual in the field and conceded too many extras to make a dent in the Richmond batting line-up. With no wickets falling despite some valiant efforts, the target was set at 187.

However, one thing we do know about BPG is that they do not give up easily and captain Imogen Higgins opened the batting with Evie Mayhew with determination. Their partnership started boldly with many an early boundary and Evie racked up 16 runs before her wicket fell. Imogen went on to bat confidently, scoring 31 runs off 27 balls (7 fours) before reaching retirement point. It was an accomplished spell that had the supporters cheering from the sidelines.

Annie Stirling and Ananya Apte were unflinching in the face of some very pacey bowling from the opposition, but with the light falling, so did the wickets. Eve A (14 runs off 19 balls) and Erin Goodwin (12 runs off 14 balls) continued to apply pressure and bat confidently, but the target was too far ahead. However, the team’s final score of 114/5 shows how tenacious the girls were.

Thank you to Duncan Higgins for umpiring, the parents for supporting and Richmond for being understanding in light of the delayed start. BPG may not have won, but we showed our usual fighting spirit and sense of humour in the field, with smiles all round after the match.

BPG U15 Secure Victory in Style

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!

New Season Opens with U13B Thriller

Mere days into the 2019 cricket season and the BPG girls were scheduled to face Hampton Hill CC U13B in their first fixture on Wednesday. Knowing full well how close our matches against the Hampton Hill boys can be, the girls were primed and ready for action. But with a player down on the day, securing an early season win was not going to be an easy task.

With an eye on the gloomy light conditions this early in Spring, team captain Paige G won the toss and elected to field. The boys came out focused, with their opening batsmen doing a very good job and bedding down, but the BPG girls bowled and fielded very neatly. Their efforts were rewarded with tasty wickets for Iris S and Emily B. Bowling kudos overall goes to Emily B for a sterling performance (3 overs/1 maiden/5 runs/1 wicket).

The boys closed out their innings on 112/2 and the BPG girls went in to bat, opening with Jess L and vice-captain Molly B. Both looked keen to get some runs on the board and a lovely boundary from Jess L looked like they were starting well. Alas, the Hampton Hill opening bowlers delivered some beauts and both Molly and Jess fell victim too early to the same opener.

Paige G and Iris S then took to the wicket and steadied the ship for the next few overs, with Paige G settling in and scoring a very respectable 25 runs off 30 balls before falling to an LBW decision. A flurry of excitement in the middle order meant wickets began to fall quickly and it looked like a victory may be in doubt. That isn’t to say there wasn’t some impressive batting in between – some tasty boundaries and lovely calling and running meant the middle order of Evie M, Erin G, Ruby O and Emily B made it very entertaining to watch for the spectators.

With the overs running out, it was left to Imogen H and the youngster of the team, Rosie D, to try and close out the overs – and both made a tremendous effort. By the time the last over began, the girls needed 10 runs to win. Imogen H batted with ease and calm overall, evidenced in her final figures of 21 runs off 24 balls (not out). However, their efforts brought them close, but not close enough as the final wicket fell with two balls of the game to go and BPG on 106 all out.

Despite the result, the game was a close encounter played in very good spirit, as is always the case with Hampton Hill CC. The girls can take heart from the fact that their opening match was a thriller and we look forward to seeing where they go from here. Each of the girls brought their A game and looked to have loads of fun.

Thank you to Tim Bryce for scoring, Mark Avery for umpiring, Dave from Hampton Hill CC for hosting and to the BPG parents for their support.

U16 Bushy Park Tournament heats up

It has been a frustrating year for the Under 15 girls with a swathe of fixtures conceded by opponents. Luckily many of the girls have been able to play in the MCA Boys league but yesterday they had an opportunity to play some of the finest female cricketers in Middlesex. With only 3 teams contesting this year’s Bushy Park July Tournament, it was a winner-takes-all shootout between Ealing, North Middlesex and Bushy Park Girls.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_4_50%Ealing vs Bushy Park Girls
The eight strong BPG batted first with openers Ella Waldron and Pubudika Punchihewa making a welcome return to the fold. Waldron has taken time out of cricket to pursue her football career while Punchihewa had been following more studious pursuits. Ealing struck with the first ball and from then on BPG were on the back foot. All the girls made a contribution but it was hard going against a well drilled Ealing attack. Jess Low managed a boundary before her departure and Simrat Khaira dug in, accumulating the second highest score of the innings. BPG salvation came in the form of Erin Goodwin, her innings of 23 was the highest of the whole match and she showed her class with a series of fours from powerful strokes. What would BPG do without Goodwin? She is one BPG ‘s most loyal and hardworking cricketers.  Bushy Park Girls finished on 62 for 8 in 13.5 overs.

On paper this should have been an easy task for Ealing against a depleted Bushy Park Girls but Waldron had other things on her mind. Her first over included a wicket and just one run. Her second was a wicket maiden and Ealing were rocking on 6 for 2 after 3 overs. Khaira struck in the her first (and only) over and with a run out by a Punchihewa/Khaira combo Ealing were in more trouble at 12 for 4 in the 5th over. Ealing rebuilt and slowly they worked their way up towards the BPG total. Jess Low kept wicket and was a little more Bruce Grobbelaar than Bruce French, idiosyncratic and entertaining in her approach. Unfortunately the total was always within Ealing’s reach and they scooted past in the 12th over.

Ealing vs North Middlesex
In the midday heat the best girls teams in North and West London slugged it out. Ealing scored a big total and North Middlesex could never quite live with the ever increasing required run rate. Fair play to North Middx they went for it and you can’t dispute their courage. They were helped out by Sophia Stapleton-Parslow, Emily Bryce and Jess low because they too were short of players.

Ealing won and lifted the trophy. U16 Champions! Congratulations to a fine side, with some very capable and accomplished cricketers.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_2_50%North Middlesex vs Bushy Park Girls
The last match of the tournament was a pleasant and cheerful affair, a great advert for the game of cricket. Despite the relentless heat, the mercury pushing beyond 30 degrees at the crease, no tempers threatened to boil over. North Middlesex batted first with two of their players comfortably running their scores into the twenties. Pubudika Punchihewa found some of her old magic with a double wicket maiden in her first over. The first wicket was clean bowled and the second a catch for wicketkeeper Emily Bryce. Laura Kimber got her first wicket for Bushy Park Girls, bowling the dangerous North Middlesex opener. Not to be outdone Izzy Morton also bagged her debut wicket and bowled a maiden over too. North Middlesex scored 75 for 4 in 15 overs.

Bushy Park Girls batted with desire and purpose in reply. They wanted to end their year with a bang. Sophia Stapleton-Parslow showed what a difference a season of batting in the middle can make. Here is a girl who showed real confidence, hitting some beautiful straight shots and racking up a rapid 12. Emily Bryce’s innings of 10 carried her beyond the century mark for BPG this season. Her good performances have bookended the season for the Under 15s.

It was another day of ‘long handle’ cricket for Jess Low. Her innings of 26* carried her into new territory. Known in her younger days as a bowler she is now the highest run scorer for BPG in 2018 with 225 runs, topping the U15 averages with 37.5. The win was in safe hands as Punchihewa and Khaira built a steady partnership, they finished the innings with the careful accumulation of 11 singles. Bushy Park Girls reached 77 for 2 in the 12th over.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_3_33%Congratulations to Ealing CC on winning the tournament and to North Middlesex CC for upholding the spirit of cricket. Thank you to the two Ealing girls (Caroline and Keisha) who stayed behind to help with the final game. Thanks to all the umpires, scorers, scoreboard monitors and helpers throughout the day. And finally to NPL CC for hosting another successful tournament.

Check out the full BPG stats HERE.




BPG Hot Streak Ends in a Blaze of Glory

2018_09_07_Richmond_BPGU14s_lost_3_50%The top two teams in the MCA South U12 Boys League finished their season with an all out Battle Royale at Teddington CC last night (09/07/2018). Richmond had already won the league but Bushy Park Girls weren’t going to be snuffed out without a few fireworks of their own. As another day of high temperatures ebbed away the heat burned strongly in the batting blades of both teams. It was Richmond who ran out worthy winners, largely due to a brilliant century from their No.5 batsmen.

Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to field. Jess Low (3overs/2wickets/24runs) and Paige Goodwin (2o/1maiden/16r) opened the bowling knowing that Richmond have been the only team to beat them this year. Both had exceptional second overs, Low striking first, dispatching Richmond’s No.1 and No.3 batsmen in the space of 3 balls. Goodwin (P) cast aside her nerves and bowled a beautiful maiden to back up her partner. Simrat Khaira (2o/8r), Eve Abbott (4o/1m/2w/32r) and Molly Bartlett (2o/10r) kept the pressure on. Khaira is one of the emerging players this season, no U15 cricketer has bowled more overs than her. It was wonderful to see Eve Abbott back in bowling action after a difficult season with injury. She started with a fast and straight maiden over. In Abbott’s second over Imogen Higgins displayed her fielding prowess. A lightning throw from the boundary hitting the wicket with a direct hit. By the end of the 9th over Richmond were 69 for 3.

Richmond came out fighting like the league champions they are. Bushy Park Girls fought hard in the remaining overs but there was little they could do to contain Richmond’s Thomas Tabor at No.5. He hit six Sixes and twelves Fours in his innings of 106*. The girls had never come up against a batsmen of his calibre or confidence before yet they kept plugging away. Edie Proud (1o/24r), Imogen Higgins (2o/23r), Emily Bryce (2o/24r) and Erin Goodwin (2o/25r) all threw themselves into the breach, and they can all hold their heads high. Abbott came on for a second spell, momentarily halting the progress of Richmond by bowling two batters in her third over. Yet nothing could halt the Richmond juggernaut and they reached 203 for 5 in 20 overs. As always a special mention to wicketkeeper D’Cunha who kept brilliantly with a cool head under intense pressure.

2018_09_07_Richmond_BPGU14s_lost_50%With such a daunting target to reach Bushy Park Girls would have to attack every ball as they opened their innings. There was no point in bowing out on a whimper, it’s just not the girls’ style. Captain Molly Bartlett opened the batting with Paige Goodwin, and they took the fight to Richmond. Bartlett sweetly carved the first ball to the boundary but the do or die attitude took its toll in the second over. Bartlett was first to go followed by an attacking Goodwin (P). Edie Proud and Jess Low came together and quickly fought back against their opponents. Low’s innings was bristling with aggression and strength. She dispatched two enormous sixes that rocketed into the dying light of the evening sky. Boundaries were coming thick and fast as she put Richmond to the sword. Eventually Low’s innings of 32 runs from 15 balls ended as she picked out the fielder at Square Leg.

Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha and Amy Coppin took up the baton from Proud and Low. Both striking the ball hard and fast to the boundary. D’Cunha hit a sparkling 15 in just two overs at the crease. Simrat Khaira pushed for those extra runs to keep up with the scoring rate but fell valiantly in the 10th over. Bushy Park Girls had to dig in now, and the rearguard action of Imogen Higgins (16) and Erin Goodwin (24) brought some stability. Together they pushed the BPG total beyond the 100 mark, both played well against an accurate and hungry Richmond attack. All the girls were unselfish in their approach, playing for the team and keeping in good cheer as their target stretched out of reach. The handy Emily Bryce came in at the end to flash a quickfire 6* and together with Eve Abbott they reached 126 all out (19.5 overs).

Both Richmond and Bushy Park Girls served up champagne cricket for their supporters. BPG’s total was some distance below their visitors but was still the highest total scored against Richmond in the league this season. Richmond finished top of the league on 70 points, with Bushy Park Girls on 53 points (4 wins, 2 lost, 1 tie).

Congratulations to Richmond and batsmen Thomas Tabor on a fabulous win and the MCA South U12 Division 2 title.

2018_09_07_Richmond_BPGU14s_lost_2_50%Thank you to Ted and Alok for umpiring, for Ian and Alban for scoring. As always thanks to Dawn for managing the girls and to all the parents for supporting. The girls have been a real credit to the club and to the MCA South league, playing the game in a good spirit and with some fantastic cricket for us to savour.


U11s triumph over arch rivals Ealing by 7 runs

Bushy Park Girls Under 11s showed application, teamwork and some strong individual performances to overcome Ealing U11s by a narrow seven-run margin in their final match in June.

Ealing won the toss and put BPG in to bat. Expecting the Ealing attack to be decent, BPG saved their most experienced batsmen to the end. Openers Mae Bush and Matilda Baker batted valiantly but lost two wickets each in the opening 5 overs to accurate Ealing bowling to leave the net score at 195, five less than our starting score.

The innings needed some impetus, which arrived in the form of Jess Jordan (JJ) who smashed a couple of lusty boundaries and top scored with 12. In one profitable over Jess took 5 runs and three wides for 11 runs, although she lost her wicket too. Annie Stirling protected her wicket and struck a sweet boundary. Bea Sheridan then contributed with six runs and Lola deftly guided a single off the face of the bat to get off the mark. But runs in the middle order were sparse – 243 after 15.

Last pair Claudie Dexter and Jess Spencer took to the crease and scored a welcome 8 and 9 runs respectively, including some badly needed boundaries to the joy of their increasingly vocal BPG team mates. Crucially they protected their wickets – BPG lost six wickets in total but had amassed an under-par 268 net. The managers converged to brief the girls, partially distracted by handstands and singing, on tactics for the next innings. Defending 268 against the mighty Ealing did not look good.

What stood out in BPG’s bowling innings was discipline and support for each other. They fielded well, and always encouraged each other when a shot slipped through. Claudie and Matilda took a wicket each in the opening pairing, Matilda using her high flight to deceive the batsman. Ealing dug in as Jess and JJ kept it tight. Mae and Bea took a wicket each in the next pairing and kept the runs to singles, restricting Ealing to 233 after 12 overs. Annie, Lola and JJ were more expensive, and despite Annie’s wicket, well taken by Claudie in the deep, Ealing put on 30 extra runs in 4 overs. BPG were facing defeat. All BPG players fielded with gusto and back each other up.

Time to roll out the big guns. Claudie, JJ and Jess shared the final 4 overs and took four wickets, JJ bowling two batsmen in one over, and conceded just one boundary, meaning Ealing’s score fell by 2 runs in the final 24 balls to finish on 261. BPG won by 7 runs, an unlikely but deserving result. Credit to all the girls where every player made a contribution and to Ealing for notably vigorous batting and bowling from Scout and Luna, and for the team’s sportsmanship.

It was a game that showed BPG U11s have improved and can be a really good team when they play as a team and concentrate. We look forward to playing Ealing again possibly in a final?