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?

U13s Falter against Richmond

2018_07_03_U13_Richmond_lost_2_33%Another stunning summer’s evening in Bushy Park set the scene for BPG U13s to take on Richmond U13. With many of the BPG team new to hard ball cricket, the aim of the match was to give them all a taste of what it feels like to pad up. Richmond won the toss and elected to bat first, but with a number of our BPG newbies feeling unsure of bowling, a team that was one player short and captain Erin Goodwin (co-captaining with Imogen Higgins) still nursing a back injury, the formidable Richmond team quickly began to rack up the runs. Higgins opened the bowling with Sofia Stapleton-Parslow, followed by Matilda Le Frenais and Ananya Apte, both still new to hard ball cricket. The seasoned Richmond batsmen were unforgiving in their boundaries, with all four of their top batsmen reaching over 30 runs apiece before retiring. Grace Tasker, in her first appearance for BPG this season, and Ruby Oakley could also do little to stem the tide and Richmond looked to be barrelling towards an almighty target.

With only a few overs to go, co-captains Erin and Imogen changed up the bowling order to rotate between themselves and another over for Stapleton-Parslow in the hope that the bails would fly before the 20 overs were up. It wasn’t until the 17th over with the score on 158 runs that Goodwin finally got a breakthrough by clean-bowling Richmond’s fifth batsman. Higgins followed in the next over with a stunning ball caught by teammate Ruby, then Erin followed this in the 19th over by clean-bowling the next batsman. However, some relaxed fielding and a few too many extras meant that BPG were facing an insurmountable target after Richmond ended on 195/3.

Knowing that this would be a game of lessons learnt rather than pushing for victory, all of the girls were keen to pad up and have a go, even though for some this would be a first. Wicket keeper Beth Crabtree and Erin opened, but Erin fell early to a risky run-out, to be replaced by Higgins. Crabtree (8 runs) and Higgins (8 runs) looked to be settling into a steady partnership before Higgins was bowled in the 5th over and Beth was caught in the 6th over. Holly Ramsden stepped up to the wicket and managed to face the pacey bowling, settling into some nice singles and doubles to settle the wicket and remain there for the rest of the match. Ruby shared the wicket with her initially and managed 6 runs before being caught and bowled, then Sofia Stapleton-Parslow (4 runs) was caught just as she was settling in.

It was then the turn of Amy Banner in only her second match for the BPG U13s. Facing the strength and pace of some of Richmond’s finest bowlers, she seemed unfazed and relaxed at the crease and settled into a very neat partnership with Holly, who stood defiant at the other end. Amy was eventually caught on the last ball of the match, but not before she reached 11 runs. Holly ended the match not out on 12 – a fantastic debut!

Although BPG’s 93/5 was far short of a victory as such, there were many positives to be taken from the match and it was lovely to see our newest team players facing some formidable bowling with courage and good old BPG fighting spirit. The heads did not drop and the girls smiled throughout. There was even some dancing in the outfield and occasional shouts of joy (mostly from the spectators as England scored in their World Cup match against Colombia). The match also highlighted some key areas for the girls to work on in training going forward and, although it may not have been the ending we would’ve liked, the silver lining was that everyone was home in time to see England win their penalty shoot-out.

As always, a big thank you to the parents for sacrificing their football viewing to support the girls, to Chris for umpiring and a special shout-out to BPG U15’s Paige Goodwin for scoring.

Battered and Bruised BPG on Form Again

2018_06_27_vs_Hampton_Hill_win_33%It was a battered and bruised BPG that faced Hampton Hill CC last night (27/06/2018) in the scorching summer sun. After a few last-minute replacements, the girls took to the field a player short and with two players injured but determined.

Captain Paige Goodwin won the toss and elected to put the Hampton Hill boys in to bat. The ball was handed to Imogen Higgins to open the bowling – and she did with a tidy first over – but a day spent in the sun at Borough Sports meant her energy was flagging initially. Paige (3overs/10runs) took up the ball herself for the second over and conceded just two runs, before Simrat Khaira (3o/16r) was called up in the third over, also conceding just two runs in the over.

A change of bowler brought Molly Bartlett (2o/4r) and Iris Saunders (2o/15r) into the attack, but the Hampton Hill openers were starting to look comfortable in their partnership, not taking unnecessary risks and allowing the singles to tick over. Both Molly and Iris bowled accurately, but early wickets were proving elusive. Simrat was called back into the attack along with Ruby Oakley (2o/22r) to try and shake things up, but despite the run rate sitting at about 6 runs an over, the Hampton Hill openers looked like they were there to stay.

With only a few bowlers left to have a go and the run rate per over climbing with the boys’ careful batting, Emily Bryce (2o/16r) stepped up and looked close to rattling the bails on a number of occasions. Still the boys remained. Although nursing an injury and unable to execute her usual lengthy run-up, Erin Goodwin took up the ball and bowled a tidy first over. Emily then gave it another go, but the spectators started to suspect the bails were in fact glued on.

With the score at 95 and only five overs left of the innings, it was time for another bowling shake-up in a last-ditch attempt to keep the score under 100. Erin stepped up for her second over and after conceding one run, she finally hit the mark by clean-bowling the Hampton Hill opener in the 16th over. A new batsmen took to the crease, but not for long as he was caught and bowled by Erin on his first ball. The score remained on 96.

Now fully recovered, Imogen (3o/1wicket/6r) stepped up and bowled a very tight over to concede only one run. Captain Paige gave herself another over, which was very neat, but the run rate sneaked over the 100 mark. Imogen took up the attack again and was rewarded with a wicket on her second ball, caught behind by the very talented wicket-keeper Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha, then followed it up with dot balls. Erin (4o/1maiden/4wicket/6r) was given the ball for the last over and ended the innings with a double wicket maiden, clean bowling one batsman with her first ball of the over and executing another caught and bowled with the last ball of the innings. Despite the late flurry of wickets in the last four overs and the girls’ accurate and neat bowling, the boys had set a respectable target of 103.

2018_06_27_vs_Hampton_Hill_win_2_33%After not being able to bowl due to an ankle sprain, Jess Low was provided with a runner (thanks to Ruby Oakley) and stepped up to open the batting with Paige. The girls began as they meant to go on, with boundary after boundary interspersed with a single here and there. Both Jess and Paige’s run rates were high, scoring 18 in the first over alone. Paige was bowled in the 5th over, but not before she had reached 23 in a sparkling display. Jess and her runner hung in for a few more balls, but were then run out in the 6th over, with Jess on 25.

Ruby had earned herself a well-deserved rest! Kerrie-Ann and Imogen then took up the challenge and between them rattled off a few more boundaries (Imogen 14* and Kerrie-Ann 6*). Before the spectators could finish their half-time beverages, the target was reached in the 9th over and BPG had won by 8 wickets.

Post-match analysis indicates that BPG’s tight, disciplined bowling and flurry of late wickets proved effective in what was a good-natured fixture and one that we always look forward to with Hampton Hill. Many thanks to Ted and Dave for umpiring and Sandeep for scoring. A special mention to the valiant injured BPG girls for battling through and the team as a whole for always being supportive and looking out for each other.

Check out the 2018 BPG Stats HERE.

The girls have now secured 2nd place in the MCA South U12 Division 2 league.
You can view the table HERE.

Summer Solstice Shootout at the Ashford CC Corral

2018_06_21_vs_Ashford_win_4_33%On the longest day of the year (21/06/2018) Bushy Park Girls CC faced Ashford CC in an epic batting struggle at the Short Lane ground in Stanwell. It was the most perfect of evenings for batting, the light was true and golden, and the outfield lightning fast. Both teams had been reduced to 9 players each so it was a hard task for the bowlers to keep the scoring down.

Ashford batted first and faced Bushy Park Girls opening bowlers Erin Goodwin (4overs/19runs) and Simrat Khaira. Both were on excellent form, Khaira (2o/1maiden/6r) opened with a maiden over (the only of the match) and Goodwin (E) only conceded 4 runs in her first two overs. In retrospect this spell was exceptional, as the sun slowly dipped toward the horizon the batters on both sides plundered the runs. Ruby Oakley (4o/29r) and Sophia Stapleton-Parslow (3o/1wicket/22r) also kept the runs at bay in their opening salvos. Both are proving a great asset to this team. Stapleton-Parslow took the first wicket of the match, unleashing a beautiful ball that bowled Ashford’s dangerous No.2 batsmen. This was followed up in Oakley’s over with a run out from Imogen Higgins with a direct hit.

This signalled a change in attitude from Ashford CC and Bushy Park Girls’ subsequent bowlers came under a sustained attack from their opponent’s middle order. With the added pace of Higgins (2o/14r), Jess Low (2o/19r) and Paige Goodwin (3o/28r) the ball pinged to the boundary with ease. It was a dominant performance from Ashford’s No.4 Neel Bakshi, whose poise and timing was a thing of beauty, he scored a fabulous 63*. Bushy Park Girls battled hard in the field with their 9 strong team, Amy Banner fearlessly patrolling the boundary rope. Jess Low and Kerrie-Ann Dcunha combined for a fleetfooted run out in the 16th over, but Ashford were heading for a big total. Dcunha must be praised for her wicket-keeping , the ball was swinging prolifically and she saved BPG twenty or more runs with her dexterity. The BPG team left the field after 20 overs a little deflated. Captain Paige Goodwin had the unenviable task of rotating a team 2 players short but she was brave and resolute. Ashford scored an impressive 137 for 3 in their 20 overs.

2018_06_21_vs_Ashford_win_1_33%In past seasons Ashford’s total would have been overwhelming for Bushy Park Girls as they played in the MCA Boy’s league. But this team has grown in resilience and now has depth in talent and spirit. Kerrie-Ann Dcunha (10) will always go out fighting and she shot from the hip in an opening stand of 20 with opening partner Paige Goodwin. It was a captain’s innings from Goodwin (P), she was the glue that kept everything together. She scored a smart 23 before succumbing in the 12th over. Amy Banner made her debut in the boy’s league with a rapid fire 8, including a fine cut to the boundary. Facing some fiery bowling she held her own at Number 3.

Although Bushy Park Girls were keeping up to the run rate of 7 runs per over, they needed a special innings from one of their nine players. Jess Low’s knock of 51 was a 10 over affair that crackled with aggression and power. Accumulated through audacious running (and a few trademark dives) but also with some hard-hitting that raced to the boundary and beyond. Low scored her maiden half-century and had taken Bushy Park Girls to within 5 runs of victory by the time she lost her wicket. Alongside her, Simrat Khaira played a pivotal support role, running hard to push ones into twos. Imogen Higgins looked unflustered with an excellent 13*, and with partner Erin Goodwin they steered BPG over the line in the 18th over. The final runs coming with an all-run four. The longest day of 2018 will be a day to remember for Bushy Park Girls, they finished on 140 for 5. The highest total they have chased to win in the MCA Boy’s league.

A big thank you to Ashford CC for hosting us and for playing on a grass wicket, something BPG don’t often get the chance to do. Thank you to Alex for umpiring, to Ted and Alban for scoring, and to Dawn for managing. As always a big thank you to parents for making the trek through the rush-hour traffic. Well done girls!

Full BPG stats HERE.

Happy Father’s Day for BPG U13s

2018_06_17_Wembley_U13s_win_a_50%An impressive number of BPG dads (and a couple of mums) turned their backs on breakfast in bed this Sunday morning, choosing instead to start their Father’s Days on the road to Wembley with their cricketing daughters. Rumours that once they got home, after negotiating the North Circular for the second time in the day, they would spend the rest of their Sundays slumped on sofas doing nothing more strenuous than filling in their World Cup wallcharts are unsubstantiated. In any case, the BPG girls served up a treat on the pitch, as satisfying as any Sunday morning lie in.

BPG arrived in Wembley as a compact unit of 9, including 3 debutantes at this level, stepping up from the U11 age group. None looked out of place, and all played their part in an excellent win for the visitors. Abbott, captaining the team for the first time, won the toss and, with overhead conditions looking helpful for the bowlers, put Wembley in to bat. Unable to bowl herself due to an injured shoulder, she set about marshalling her magnificent seven bowlers to great effect.

What followed was a team bowling and fielding display of discipline and skill, with each of the BPG bowlers taking their turn to pin down the opposition. Despite working hard, none of the Wembley girls was able to score freely against this BPG attack. Higgins set the tone in the opening over, shaping the ball in nicely to the right hander and her third delivery induced a mistimed pull shot from the Wembley captain. Mayhew at square leg was alert enough to take a smart catch and BPG were on their way.

Wembley then tried to consolidate, and indeed they were able to hold on for another seven overs before the next wicket fell. However, they could not get the scoring rate going thanks to BPG’s disciplined bowling and alert fielding. Eakins deserves particular credit, delivering a 3 over spell of probing bowling that yielded only 2 runs, and left Wembley’s other opener retired hurt after a rising delivery pinned her on the hand. Meanwhile Crabtree behind the stumps was not phased by the extra pace on the ball in this age group, keeping tidily and alertly throughout the innings while Dexter impressed in the field with her confident pick ups and strong arm.

When a wicket did fall, it prompted a mid-innings collapse for the Wembley girls. First the experienced Oakley clean bowled Wembley’s number 3. Then the debutante Stirling came into the attack and opened her account with a wicket maiden thanks to a well taken catch by Higgins. At the other end Davis also delivered a maiden and the Wembley batsmen were starting to wonder where their next run was coming from. In Stirling’s second over, Mayhew swooped on the ball in the covers and removed the scampering Wembley batter with a beautiful direct hit at the bowler’s end. Bravely the injured Wembley opener returned to the crease but Davis’s second over was too much for her and she was bowled without adding to her score. Wembley were 35-5.

It was credit to Wembley that they managed something of a comeback at this point. With only eight in the team they were in danger of being skittled out, but the last three batsmen put up a fight as Abbott shuffled her bowling pack. In the sixteenth over Mayhew stepped up to unpick the lock. By bowling the Wembley number 7 she added to her earlier catch and run out to complete a pleasing personal hat-trick of different dismissals. Wembley’s last pair hung on until the last over, pushing the score up to a creditable 74. On what should have been the penultimate ball of the innings Dexter rounded off her excellent fielding display with a well deserved run out to finish the innings there and then.

If BPG’s effort in the field was noteworthy for the overall team performance and the fact that every player contributed, the batting performance was all about individual displays, especially that of the powerful opener Eakins. Clearly in a hurry to get home for Fathers’ Day lunch, she followed her miserly bowling with some muscular hitting. Ruthlessly dispatching anything bowled down the leg side to the boundary she thumped 6 fours in all and when she retired on 31*, she had faced only 22 balls and BPG were as good as home. “That’s the best I’ve ever batted,” she was heard to say as she walked off the pitch. No-one disagreed.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing though. In the second over of the innings the other opener Mayhew had been unlucky to find herself stranded and run out after being ambitiously called through for a run. After her stunning display in the field it may have seemed greedy to expect runs as well, but she had looked well organised and strong at the crease and the run out must have left her wondering what could have been. Her replacement, Davis was an able partner for Eakins, scoring 12 runs at an impressive strike rate including two well placed boundaries of her own. She was bowled out with the job all but done, leaving the old hands Abbott and Higgins to nurdle the last few runs and steer BPG to victory with ten overs to spare.

Thanks to Frank for umpiring, Jack for scoring and our Wembley hosts who were welcoming, friendly and provided a very sturdy table for the scorers. And thanks to the girls for giving all of their dads (and mums) a great Father’s Day present by putting on such a good display of cricket on the pitch.

Check out all the 2018 BPG Stats HERE.

Bustling BPG Beat Whitton’s Hat-trick Heroes

2018_06_12_vs_Chiswick_and_Whitton_win_1_33%As Bushy Park Girls entered the second half of their MCA South Boy’s League campaign they had already amassed one win, one loss, one abandonment and one tie. Last night (12/06/2018) they faced a Chiswick & Whitton Boys side who were depleted in number but strong in spirit. Bushy Park Girls won with a dominant team performance, capturing a togetherness that will sustain them in the weeks and months to come.

Bushy Park Girls won the toss and put Chiswick and Whitton CC into bat. It was a steady start for Whitton under close examination from opening bowlers Simrat Khaira and Erin Goodwin. Khaira (4overs/1maiden/13runs) relished the responsibility, with a maiden in her second over BPG Captain Abigail Avery kept her bowling until she had exhausted her 4 maximum overs. Erin Goodwin (2o/13r/1wicket) took a little time to settle but soon dished up the first wicket of match, clean bowling Whitton’s opening batsmen. First change bowlers Edie Proud (2o/17r) and Iris Saunders kept up the pressure on their opponents, Proud’s first over yielding only 3 runs. As Whitton reached the 9th over they looked comfortable at 48 for 1, on course for a good total.

Molly Bartlett (2o/1m/7r/2w) accompanied Saunders (2o/5r/1w) in attack and immediately they struck at the heart of the Whitton middle order. Bartlett’s first ball lifted the umpire’s finger with a LBW shout. Her third ball induced a big hit that Imogen Higgins caught well at Mid-Off. Not to be outdone Saunders took a smart caught and bowled chance and Whitton were teetering at 49 for 4 in the 11th over. It has been a stuttering start to the season for Ruby Wilkinson, but here she really got in her stride. The stylish Wilkinson was on good form, her first over induced an edge which was ably taken by Kerrie-Ann Dcunha behind the stumps. It was a near exemplary performance from the BPG keeper, a joy to behold for the purists. Wilkinson (2o/1m/3r/2w) wasn’t done there and took a second wicket with her final ball. Welcome back Ruby.

With Whitton on 61 for 6 in 15 overs there was still time for a fightback but Imogen Higgins, Jess Low and Paige Goodwin had other things on their mind. This terrifying triumvirate outmuscled the Whitton tail in a destructive display of death-bowling. Higgins (2o/4r/1w) got a well deserved wicket when Simrat Khaira snaffled a good catch, while Paige Goodwin (1o/4r) cramped the batsmen with her speed and purpose. Low (2o/1m/1r/2w) was a Titan of destruction, blowing away the final two batsmen with her slinging thunderbolts, the bails on both occasion being catapulted into the air as the stumps were demolished. Whitton finished their innings on 68 for 9 in the 19th over.

2018_06_12_vs_Chiswick_and_Whitton_win_2_33%Molly Bartlett is in somewhat of a purple patch, and her recent maiden 50 has propelled her to the top of the Bushy Park Girls’ rankings, once again she was imperious. Carrying her bat through the BPG innings and finishing just four shy of another half-century. She opened alongside a new partner Iris Saunders who wasn’t going to play second fiddle to Bartlett’s classy strokes. Saunders hit a belligerent 17 before being bowled in the 6th over. This sparked a collapse in the BPG ranks. Credit should go to Chiswick & Whitton’s young firecracker Ellis Madle, whose first ball accounted for Saunders. His second saw off Edie Proud and third Paige Goodwin. An excellent hat-trick, all clean bowled.

Bartlett dug in with new batswoman Ruby Wilkinson and together they steadied the ship. With Whitton being 2 men down the Bushy Park Girls exploited the gaps in the field. Wilkinson scoring a fighting 4 not out and Bartlett finishing on 46 not out. She has now reached a total of 180 runs this season, and her batting average is currently 45. Whitton’s bowling was strong but Bushy Park Girls reached their total of 70 for 3 in the 10th over.

It was real team performance and the girls were in boisterous spirits, clearly enjoying playing together. A special mention to BPG captain Abigail Avery who bowled all the other girls in the side yet didn’t bowl herself. She didn’t even take up the bat in anger, offering the opportunity to other girls. A selfless act of a fine captain.

Well done to all the girls, and thank you to Chiswick and Whitton boys for an entertaining and hard fought game. Thank you to Ted and Anthony for umpiring, to Deepa and Alban for scoring. Also to Dawn for managing and Billy for the girls’ warm up.

Check out the BPG Stats HERE.

 

 

BPG Under 13s Stun in League Opener vs Ealing

2018_06_07_U13s_vs_Ealing_win_33%It was a grey and lacklustre evening when BPG U13s travelled to old foes Ealing yesterday in their first league match of the season. With the team two players short of a full line-up and others still battling through the rush-hour traffic, young captain Erin Goodwin won the toss and elected to bat. She chose herself and trusty fellow teammate Imogen Higgins to face Ealing’s formidable opening bowlers.

The pair provided a solid partnership for the first ten overs before Erin was bowled in the 11th over on 26 runs, only one boundary (of which she’d had a few) away from retirement. Sofia stepped into Erin’s shoes, but unfortunately fell quickly due to Ealing’s pace, before seasoned and reliable player Evie Mayhew (7 runs) came in and steadied the ship once more. When her wicket fell to a tasty ball, it was up to U11 youngster Rosie Davis to finish out the innings, having sacrificed her own age group’s match to boost the U13’s dwindling numbers. Rosie showed intent by hitting a boundary on her first ball and was not out on 8 runs at the end of the overs. Meanwhile, Imogen carried her bat for the first time this season with 25 runs in a controlled and steady innings. BPG had set a respectable, but not daunting 91-run target.

With a confident Ealing taking to the field, BPG needed to start as they meant to go on – and they did. Imogen was handed the ball and clean-bowled Ealing’s opener in the first over. Erin then stepped up for the second over and clean-bowled the second Ealing opener. In the third over, Imogen was on attack again and took another wicket, while in the fourth over Erin bowled a maiden. The opening bowlers then stepped aside and Ruby Oakley came in (2o/7r/0w) to bowl two tight overs, with Rosie (2o/8r/0w) seeing her bowling pay off with two run-outs during one of her overs (one a direct hit on the wicket from the sure arm of Sofia Stapleton-Parslow).

In her first appearance for BPG, Matilda Le Frenais (2o/12r/0w) was then called up and took a scalp with a run-out on her very first ball. Amy Banner (2o/18r/0w), also in her first appearance for BPG, and Sofia (2o/9r/0w) then took over, followed by Evie (2o/4r/0w) with a very controlled two overs, conceding only 4 runs.

However, with only four overs to go and 6 wickets down, Ealing were starting to look comfortable and on track for a win, so a change of bowlers meant that Erin and Imogen stepped into the attack again. Imogen bowled a tight over to relinquish only 5 runs, then Erin let only two runs go in her next over and managed a wicket on the last ball of that over. Imogen (4o/17r/3w) then took another wicket on the first ball of the next over.

The tension was building; the spectators were sitting up a little straighter. The last over would prove crucial.

Captain Erin (3.3o/5r/1m/4w) took hold of the ball, knowing there were two wickets left to fall. Her first ball took the first scalp; her second ball went for one run; her third ball took the last wicket of the game. Cue mass excitement and hysteria in the BPG camp – they’d done it!

Although on paper this looked to be a David and Goliath encounter with an inexperienced and depleted BPG team, the girls certainly rose to the challenge and there were standout performances across the board. Special mention to our wicket keeper, Beth Crabtree, who was outstanding and played a key role in the many run-outs, and Amy Banner, who was exceptional in the field. But most importantly, the girls showed tenacity and enthusiasm and looked to be having an enormous amount of fun – that’s what is most important.

Thank you to Ted for scoring and managing the girls, Chris for umpiring, the BPG parents for braving the mid-week traffic to get the girls to the match and to Ealing for hosting.