Under 11s toe-to-toe in Middlesex semi-final

2017_09_03_U11s_1It was a wonderful season for the Under 11s this year that culminated with a Middlesex semi-final against Hampstead CC in North London (03/09/2017). Finals day traditionally pits the best in the North Middlesex Leagues against those in the West. It is the toughest day of the season and one that has seen the hopes of  many a Bushy Park girl shipwrecked on North London rocks.

Bushy Park Girls batted first with all the pairs scoring runs against an accurate Hampstead attack. Annie Stirling and Sofia Stapleton-Parslow amassed a steady 12 run advantage in a careful opening gambit. Grace Tasker and Holly Ramsden powered in next, with Ramsden smacking 3 fours in her punchy innings of 13. Hampstead CC realising that they could be in trouble pressed hard for the wickets and it was Beth Crabtree and Hope Jones who were caught in the crossfire. Yet Bushy Park aren’t ones to give up and Crabtree & Jones held their heads high and fought on. The fourth pair saw Stapleton-Parslow come back to the crease alongside Grace Lyon, and they increased the run rate once again with a partnership of 14.

The final Bushy Park Girls pair needed to make some serious runs to post a challenging total, and Rosie Davis & Erin Goodwin didn’t disappoint. Davis is an excellent versatile player has been a real asset to both BPG and Middlesex CC this season. Many of you will have already read about the exploits of Erin Goodwin whose status as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ will soon be redundant as she grows into a willowy young teenager. She has bowled more overs (52) and taken more wickets (18) for Bushy Park Girls than any other player in the club. Both players rose to the occasion with Davis scoring 16 and Goodwin a top score of 20. They helped push the BPG total to 66 in their allotted 20 overs.

Hampstead CC came into bat chasing 67 to win and immediately Sofia Stapleton-Parslow  set the tone, conceding just one run from her first over. Grace Tasker too was on good form with a single taken from her final over of three. Bushy Park Girls needed wickets to derail the Hampstead express and Annie Stirling was just the girl for the job. Stirling took 2 wickets, wiping 10 runs from the opposition’s score. Beth Crabtree, Grace Lyon and Hope Jones combined once again to bolster the middle bowling order. With Hampstead creeping toward their target Holly Ramsden produced a great 2 over spell that was rewarded with a wicket from her first ball. With just four overs to go Rosie Davis and Erin Goodwin once again worked in tandem to peg back the wave of Hampstead runs. It was nervous few minutes as Goodwin bagged a wicket and then a maiden over. Davis opened up with a wicket maiden that sees her total wicket haul reach 10 for the season, she is one of only five BP girls to have achieved this feat in 2017.

Unfortunately there wasn’t quite enough wickets taken and Hampstead reached 80 runs in their 20 overs, securing a 14 run victory and reaching the U11 final later in the day. Congratulations to Hampstead CC on an excellent win. Well done to all nine Bushy Park girls who played in the semi-finals. Thank you to the umpires and scorers. Also to North London CC for hosting players and parents alike.

2017_09_03_U11s_3 Thank you to managers Dawn and Ted Goodwin, who have worked so hard for all the Under 11 girls, creating a spirit of inclusivity and participation. At the end of Finals Day Bushy Park Girls were awarded the trophy for Under 11s West Middlesex Champions, an accolade that they achieved by playing a large number of their Under 11 squad throughout the season. Well done to all the Under 11 Bushy Park Girls who have been part of that squad, we are very proud of you all.

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Last ball heartache in Middlesex Finals

After winning their semi-final against North Middlesex CC last Sunday (03/09/2017) morning Bushy Park Girls waited while the second semi-final was played out against Ealing CC and North London CC. With the latter being triumphant it was time for the Bushy Park girls to face the excellent North London outfit in the final to see who would be crowned 2017 Middlesex Champions.

2017_09_03_vs_North_London_CC_final_33%With rain in the air Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to bat. It was a good choice as North London CC found three BPG batswomen in a serious mood to make runs. Kerrie-ann D’cunha took control early, lashing out with a series of boundaries, racing away to 15 runs before being caught in the 7th over. Her opening partner Molly Bartlett always seems to bring her best form to the Middlesex Final and this year was no exception. Bartlett constructed a mature innings, carrying her bat and scoring 28 not out, playing some delightful shots to all corners of the ground. After her success in the semi-final Evie Mayhew fell early but Eve Abbott once again took up the baton, carving out an impressive 24 runs, with many a boundary hit straight down the ground, right under the noses of the scorers. With some tight overs from North London’s five chosen bowlers it was an impressive display by both sides. Bushy Park Girls finishing on 104 for 2 in their 20 overs.

With the expected rain falling in light showers Bushy Park Girls fought valiantly as a team to defend their total. Once again the quartet of Jessamy Low (captain), Eve Abbott, Simrat Khaira and Paige Goodwin opened the bowling but the North London batswomen knew the score they needed, and kept up with the required run-rate. Both Abbott (4-1-26-0), who bowled a maiden in her second over and Khaira (2-0-17-0) came under pressure from the batswomen. Although largely untroubled, the youngest North London opener slipped on the wet wicket but Bushy Park Girls chose not to attempt the run out, helping to preserve the elusive ‘spirit of cricket’. BPG didn’t rue their generosity when Molly Bartlett took a smart catch at point off the bowling of Emily Bryce (1-0-3-1) to dismiss the young opener.

2017_09_03_U13_finals_day_aEvie Mayhew (2-0-12-0), Emma Bridge (1-0-5-0) and Edie Davies (1-0-6-0) kept the pressure on North London CC while Edie Proud (1-0-7-0) struck with a wicket again with the final ball of her over. With the score on 97 and just 2 overs left, the game was finely balanced as North London battled to reach their target of 105. The penultimate over from Low (4-0-15-1) yielded a wicket and a run out (Proud) but with 4 needed from the last over it was nail-biting for players and spectators alike. Goodwin kept her nerve in the final over, with a superb display of accurate bowling. With a run out (Bartlett) off Goodwin’s 3rd ball, North London needed 4 runs from 3 balls, then 3 runs from 2 balls and ultimately 2 runs from the final ball.

The tension and romance of the final ball in the 2017 Middlesex Final is a story in itself. After hitting Goodwin’s final ball the two North London batswomen ended up at the same end in their desire to eek out the run they needed for the draw. Bushy Park Girls seizing their chance for the win threw towards the unguarded stumps at the opposite end. The ball missed the stumps and the North London batter scrambled home. The Bushy Park Girls suddenly saw the win disappear and heads were held in hands. Bushy Park Girls were caught off guard assuming the match was a draw but then the batters started running a second audacious run! With the ball in the hands of the BPG fielder she merely needed to run at the stumps and knock off the bails, yet luck wasn’t on her side as she slipped on the wet wicket. She fell, stranded mid-wicket and North London CC secured the win by completing two spritely runs. There was a little confusion at the end but the umpire patiently talked to the losing side, explaining that he hadn’t called the end of the over/match and it was just one of those unfortunate events.

Congratulations to North London CC on a hard fought win, it was a very exciting final and a wonderful advert for the girls game in Middlesex. Thank you to the independent umpires Lizzie and Nisanka, also to scorers Sunir and Alban. Thank you too to everyone at North London CC for such an enjoyable day, and for making us feel so welcome.

Well done to all the Bushy Park Girls who have played for the BPG under 13s this year, it has been a complete team effort, from all the league matches in the West League to the girls that played in the final. We are very proud of you all. Let us not forget Mark Avery who manages the side and has worked tirelessly for all the girls.

2017_09_03_finals_day_1_50%Jess Low picked up the West Middlesex League trophy on behalf of the Under 13s (and also for the Under 15s too), while Erin Goodwin lifted the under 11 trophy. It is hard to draw positives when you lose a match under such tight circumstances but without sounding too clichéd, whether we win or lose, Bushy Park Girls Under 13s are a wonderful team to be involved with. It has been a pleasure to spend time with you all.

AL.

 

Middlesex U13 Semi-final win for BPG

After topping their girls’ league in 2017 Bushy Park Girls Under 13s travelled to Finals Day as West Middlesex Champions last Sunday (03/09/2017). Traditionally the top two teams from the North and West play each other in a knock-out semi-final, that then leads to a ‘winner takes all’ final later in the afternoon. So it was West Champions Bushy Park Girls CC that faced North Middlesex CC in the first semi-final of the day.

2017_09_03_U13_vs_North_Middx_2aA dewy Autumnal morning greeted both sets of players and with the outfield and wicket wet it was a cautious start by fielders and batswomen alike. North Middlesex won the toss and put BPG in to bat. It was hard for the North Mid bowlers with the slippery ball but also for the batters too, with many a fine shot pulling up short of the boundary. Openers Molly Bartlett (7) and Paige Goodwin (4) both toiled tirelessly in the conditions and eager to push the run rate along were run-out in the 6th (Bartlett) and 9th overs (Goodwin).

Emily Bryce played a valuable cameo at No.3, scoring a rapid 5 but it was the mid-order partnership between Evie Mayhew and Eve Abbott that made the difference. Both have another year in the Under 13 age group and show why Bushy Park Girls have much to look forward to in 2018. Both were a joy to watch but it was Mayhew’s knock of 19 which signals her out as an exciting and emerging player, what a great time to reach your highest score of the year. Abbott was equally elegant, her languid style caressing the balls across the wet outfield in ones and twos. The final over proved eventful for them both with Mayhew being bowled first, and then Abbott lashing a ball to the boundary before falling for 12 runs on the final ball of the innings. Bushy Park Girls scored 90 runs in their 20 overs, a total that could well be chased down if they didn’t bowl well.

The opening quartet of Bushy Park Girls bowlers took an early stranglehold on the game with Eve Abbott, Jessamy Low (captain), Paige Goodwin and Simrat Khaira keeping a lid on the North Middleex reply. Abbott’s first over was a wicket maiden and she finished with figures of 3-1-6-1, displaying everything you desire from an opening bowler. Goodwin (2-1-7-0) also started with a maiden as did Khaira, and with 7 overs gone the quartet had conceded just 11 runs. Khaira (3-1-7-2) bagged a brace of wickets in her final over, bringing her total up to 9 wickets for the season. Both her wickets were bowled and it’s her accuracy that brings her so many triumphs.

Emma Bridge (2-0-12-0), Molly Bartlett (1-0-10-0) and Evie Mayhew (2-0-10-0) shored up the middle overs despite some strong attacking shots from North Middlesex and their excellent No.3 batswoman. Emily Bryce (2-0-6-1) took a smart caught & bowled with her tricky left-hand bowling and Edie Proud (1-0-7-1) bowled her opponent from her final ball. Evie Davies was on superb form, producing a maiden over at just the time when North London were looking like they would reach BPG’s total. It was Bryce, Proud and Davies who stifled the scoring and left Low (3-0-9-1) to bowl the last over, taking a wicket and securing a place in the final for Bushy Park Girls. North London CC finished on 77 for 7 in their 20 overs.

2017_09_03_U13_vs_North_MiddxA special mention to Molly Bartlett for an excellent run-out and Kerrie-ann D’cunha who kept wicket with real dexterity and skill. She was one of the best keepers on display throughout the day, giving away the fewest byes in the games we played in. The umpires were lenient with the wides (especially down leg side) and she had to be on her toes. With 240 balls bowled at her (over semi-final and final) it is quite some achievement to concede only 3 byes in that time.

Thank you to North Middlesex for an enjoyable game, and good luck in 2018. Also to the independent umpires Lizzie and Nisanka. Finally to the scorers Gemma and Alban.

The report of the final follows shortly

Win vs Old Actonians secures West Middlesex League Title

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.

2017_07_16_Old_Actonians_win_1ca_50%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.

35pIn 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.

 

Boys League Ends on a High for BPG

Bushy Park Girls played the final match in their Boys League campaign last night (03/07/2017) against Ashford CC. With the glorious evening sunshine slanting across the Teddington CC pitch the girls finished with a fine win in the Division 3 MCA West U12 league championship. With 5 wins, 2 losses, and 2 abandonments during this summer it was a hard fought and fruitful experience for Bushy Park Girls, a far cry from last year when they lost every Boys League game they played.

2017_07_03_vs_Ashford_win_1a_33%Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to bat, it was time to make hay for the opening pair of Paige Goodwin (21) and Abigail Avery (11). Both looked self assured, hitting the boundary rope regularly and working well together. Avery was the first to depart playing-on in the 5th over with the score at 26. Imogen Higgins was as tenacious as a terrier with a bone at Number 3, never letting go, desperate to push every run. Together Goodwin (P) and Higgins put on a 53 run partnership before Goodwin was run out for 21 in the 13th over.

Ella Waldron was in a dominant mood this evening and it was a delight to see her flex her muscles in an innings of 37 (Not Out). Her first 6 scoring shots were all fours, flying to all corners of the ground. This innings sees Waldron score more than 100 runs for BPGCC in 2017, she is the first Under 15 to reach this milestone. Higgins fell to an Ashford thunderbolt in the 18th over, scoring 26 and proving what an essential member of this side she is. With two overs left Jess Low strode on for an eventful cameo which saw her face 4 balls, complete 2 dives to avoid being run out, score 7 runs, and depart. Kate Middleton’s innings was nearly as eventful with 4 byes and 1 leg bye coming from the 2 balls she faced. Bushy Park Girls finished their innings on 143 for 4 after their 20 allotted overs. This was their highest score in the Boys League this season.

2017_07_03_vs_Ashford_win_3_33%Ashford were cautious but purposeful in their batting response with  ‘little and large’ opening the bowling once again for Bushy Park Girls. Erin Goodwin (3-0-13-0) started nervously but finished her 3 over spell with her usual aplomb while Jess Low (2-0-5-1) squeezed the life out of the Ashford openers like a boa constrictor. Low’s restrictive qualities paid dividends in the fourth over as Imogen Higgins caught a lofted drive at Mid-Off. Isabel Jenner (3-0-10-0) bowled well and was unlucky not to take a wicket as Higgins popped up again at Mid-Off, unfortunately it was a no-ball for Jenner. Imogen Higgins (3-1-8-1) wasn’t out of the game for long and bagged a wicket herself with a smart 3 over spell, bowling straight and true.

The strength and depth of Bushy Park Girls was obvious in the next three bowlers, Iris Saunders (4-0-30-0) bowled an extended 4 over spell, and was ably backed up by Kate Middleton (3-0-18-0) and Emma Nunn (2-0-9-0). Nunn was particularly energetic in the field and caught the eye, as did the wicket-keeping of Emily Bryce once again. Coming straight from her school sports day, Bryce took an over to settle into the role, but thereafter was nimble and fearless. A real find for this season. Ashford were diligent in their batting but couldn’t break the shackles imposed upon them by Bushy Park Girls. They reached 95 for 2 by the end of the match.

A dominant win from Bushy Park Girls and a great way to bow out of the 2017 Boys League season. All the girls who have played in these matches should be very proud of themselves. The Division 3 table as far as we know it look like this (below) with one match still left to play between Hampton Hill and Teddington Town.

Hampton Hill – P 8, W 5, L 1, A 2, Total = 54
Bushy Park Girls – P 9, W 5, L 2, A 2, Total = 54
Teddington Town – P 8, W 2, L 4, A 2, Total = 24
Ashford – P 9, W 1, L 6, A 2, Total = 14
(P Played, W Won, L Lost, A Abandoned)

Thank you to Mark and Andy for umpiring, and to Alban and Sham for scoring. We look forward to meeting Ashford CC again next year, thank you for making it such an enjoyable game.

U11s wrap up league matches with another win

The U11s faced Old Actonians yesterday in their final league fixture of the season and, after a very successful season so far, they wanted to finish on a high. With some late drop-outs, we were a few players short come match day, but Old Actonians had similar challenges with a limited team too, so the match was reduced to 16 overs rather than the usual 20.

Old As took up the bat and managed a respectable 272 runs, with BPG rather generous in the number of extras they gave to the opposition. Still, there were some notable performances from the BPG girls, with worthy wickets for Jessica, Annie (2 wickets), Lola (in her first match appearance for BPG) and Sofia.

With the target in sight, BPG took up the bat and the innings looked to be heading in a similar direction, with Old As being as generous in return with the extras. But the BPG girls soldiered on, conceded less wickets than their opponents and were calling firmly, running hard and tenacious in their approach. However, with one batting pair and only four overs remaining, BPG’s hopes of a win were dwindling with 17 runs still needed.

It fell to captain Erin G (aka ‘The Pocket Rocket’) and Sofia P-S to bring it home. Their partnership amassed 32 runs (excluding extras), with 29 of those from Erin’s bat as she hit boundary after boundary. The final run total was a 24-run win for BPG with 296 runs.

It was a pleasure to host Old As and the game was played in a very good spirit as always, with plenty of laughs and fun. A big thank you to Ted Goodwin for umpiring, Paige Goodwin of BPG U13s and Will Stirling for scoring, and to the girls for a fantastic season. It has been a pleasure seeing you all grow, have fun and improve over the months, with girls’ cricket the winner all round.

Hampton Hill front runners in Division 3 title race

With just two games left of the Boys League season for Bushy Park Girls CC every match increases with anticipation and importance. Hampton Hill and BPG rest near the top of the MCA West U12 Division 3 table and the match last Thursday (29/06/2017) was a contest that both were desperate to win. As dusk descended on Bushy Park it was Hampton Hill who won the match due to a superb display of bowling and fielding that squeezed the life out of a plucky BPG side.

2017_06_29_vs_Hampton_Hill_loss_2a_33%Hampton Hill won the toss and chose to field, and by Jove they executed their game plan with purpose and precision. Bowlers kept to a tight line, swinging the ball and leaving the BPG batswomen with many a ‘play and miss’. There were still some gallant and hard fought performances from the Bushy Park Girls. Emma Sloan and Paige Goodwin opened the batting and look largely untroubled, accumulating 19 runs in 7 overs before Sloan was bowled for 14, a season’s high score. Goodwin followed in the 9th over with a dogged 5, all scored in singles. The powerhouse of the BPG innings was Abigail Avery (23*) who alongside Captain Ella Waldron (11) pushed the score to 42 in the 12th over before Waldron fell to a smart caught and bowled.

Jess Low smacked a quick-fire 8 and after she was out taking one too many risks the Hampton Hill bowlers crashed into the BPG middle order with Molly Bartlett and Evie Davies succumbing to some fine direct bowling. Both Georgia Dobson (4) and Isabel Jenner (2) sacrificed their wickets to run outs trying to reach a challenging team total. Leaving Eve Abbott (1*) and the ever reliable Abigail Avery to edge the final score to 81 for 8 in their 20 overs. You have to applaud Hampton Hill for their performance in the field, it was the finest bowling display that Bushy Park Girls has seen all season.

2017_06_29_vs_Hampton_Hill_loss_3a_50%Like their opponents Bushy Park Girls bowled well in reply but the swinging ball was proving difficult to control. It was a challenging time for wicketkeeper Molly Bartlett who adapted well as the HHCC innings progressed. Early skirmishes and chances didn’t go BPG’s way yet they gallantly plugged away. Jess Low (3-0-6-0) was as miserly as ever, and Ella Waldron was full of fire (3-0-16-1) taking the first Hampton Hill wicket in the 6th over of the match at the end of an aggressive spell. Abigail Avery (2-0-14-0) and Erin Goodwin (2-0-6-1) were first change bowlers with the Pocket Rocket once again bagging a wicket, her 17th of the season.

As Hampton Hill reached their 50 in the 11th over they seemed to be cruising but Bushy Park Girls fought back with wickets from their next four bowlers, showing the strength and depth in the side. This all-round increase in skill and competitiveness is largely due to the tireless work that Head Coach Dave Waldron (and Nick Attenborough) put in to training on Monday nights. Eve Abbott (2-0-16-1) was the first bowler to strike from this quartet, followed by a good catch from Erin Goodwin off the bowling of Evie Davies (1-0-9-1). It wasn’t long before Goodwin (E) was at it again, taking a catch from a Emma Sloan (2-0-8-1) delivery and finally Isabel Jenner (1-0-1-1) came to the party with a scudding over that bamboozled the Hampton Hill batsman and gained her a handy LBW. Unfortunately it was all in vain as Hampton Hill reached their target of 82 at the end of the 16th over.

Congratulations to Hampton Hill and good luck in your remaining fixture against Teddington Town next Friday. Thank you to Dave and Mark for umpiring, and Rob, Gavin, Sam, Ellie and Alban for scoring. Well done to all the girls, whatever happens in your last fixture against Ashford on Monday you have already exceeded all expectations in the Boys League.

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