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.

Batting masterclass in Ashford tussle

2018_05_09_vs_Ashford_U12L_win_1_33%After early season washouts Ashford CC and Bushy Park Girls got their U12 league campaign underway last night (09/05/2018) at Teddington CC. It was a night for the batters as Ashford CC posted a fine total and Bushy Park Girls chased it down in the dwindling Spring light.

Captain Paige Goodwin won the toss for Bushy Park Girls and chose to bowl/field. It was a solid start for Ashford whose openers built strong foundations and took advantage in the dying overs with some flourishing strokes. The Bushy Park bowlers were also in good form, from the first to last over. Erin Goodwin (2 overs/1 maiden/1 run/0 wickets) and Jess Low (2o/1m/5r/0w) both bowled maidens in their opening overs. They were reinforced by both Ruby Oakley (2o/0m/2r/0w) and Evie Davies (2o/0m/7r/0w) who continued to squeeze their opponents. With 8 overs bowled Ashford had crept to 25 for 0.

As the innings neared the halfway mark Ashford began to take more risks. Edie Proud (2o/0m/20r/0w) bravely attempted to pin down the batsmen while Imogen Higgins (3o/0m/14r/2w) drew first blood with a double wicket spell. Despite Higgin’s removal of Ashford’s No.1 and No.3, the visitors began to stretch away. Paige Goodwin (3o/0m/21r/0w) valiantly threw herself into the breach, her first over was a lesson in line and length. Evie Mayhew (2o/0m/17r/0w) had a tricky start but responded with courage and resilience, her second over relinquishing only 2 runs. Bushy Park Girls played their final hand with the excellent Eve Abbott (2o/0m/8r/0w), who has gained strength and purpose after training with Surrey CC this winter. A special mention must go to Ashford’s Udey Jolly who built one of the best innings we’ve ever seen, his score of 51 was one for the purists. Ashford’s innings was brought to an end on 113 for 3 with a run-out by Goodwin (P).

It was a quick turnaround for BPG keeper Molly Bartlett as she strode out to open the batting alongside Goodwin (P). This has been a defining year for Bartlett as she debuts for Middlesex CC in 2018. Her innings was one of her best, combining some elegant stroke play with a handful of boundaries in her score of 26. Goodwin (P) was an ever reliable partner, and her handy 14 was accumulated in singles and twos. Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha announced her arrival with some bludgeoning fours, her 14 was scored in record time. Low and Abbott brought the Bushy Park Girls to within touching distance of Ashford’s impressive total. Abbott’s steady 6* supported a belligerent Low. She flashed past the Ashford total with a final four, finishing on 22 not out. Bushy Park Girls finished on 116 for 3, securing the win in the 15th over.

Thank you to Ashford for coming over through the rush hour traffic and to playing the game in a wonderful spirit. We wish you all best in the season ahead. Thank you to Andy and Ted for umpiring, Kush and Alban for scoring.

View the full BPG stats HERE.

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.

The Mac hits back but Ashford secure win

30%_2016_06_15_vs_Ashford_3This year’s campaign has been a struggle against both the weather and some strong teams in the boys league. Ashford CC were our opponents last night (15/06/2016) and currently top the U13 Division 3 table with 4 wins from 4 games. Although fortune favoured the brave and we won as far as the weather goes, unfortunately it was Ashford who proved too strong for the Bushy Park Girls, winning by 16 runs.

Heavy June rain storms submerged our designated pitch so we switched to a plastic/grass/mud strip that was a little slippery and hard for batters and bowlers alike. All credit to the Ashford groundsman and personnel for getting the game on.

Ashford batted first and it was a very tight and tidy opening spell from Pubudika Punchihewa (2 wickets/10 runs/ 4 overs) and Jessamy Low (1 wicket/4 runs/4 overs) which kept Ashford’s openers under wraps. Both Abigail Avery (1 wicket/7 runs/2 overs) and Paige Goodwin (5 runs/2 overs) turned the screw before Ashford’s big hitter, Connor, came to the crease in the middle order and freed the shackles. Despite the onslaught Sadie Day and Molly Bartlett bowled 2 accurate overs between them and both Issy Ryan and Lucy Barton brought their good form from the training ground onto the pitch. Ashford finished their innings on 91 for 3 (20 overs). Thank you to Becs, who we’ve grown to rely on in the past months behind the stumps.

Our chalk and cheese openers Lauren Avery (captain) and Millie MacEacharn (14 runs) hit the ground running, racking up 20 runs in the first 2 overs. MacEachan has been on fine form for BPG this year with some big hitting scores and once again she strong-armed the opposition in an opening gambit that was sweet and short. Avery (L) is the glue that so often binds the BPG batting together and she accumulated a well crafted innings (all in singles), but she is worth much more than merely a number, she is a talisman (taliswoman) for all Bushy Park girls. Both Avery (A) and Bartlett bolstered the middle order with boundaries but the target of 92 to win proved out of reach as BPG reached 75 for 7 in their 20 overs.

Thank you to the umpires Graham and Paul, also the scorers Alban and Connor/Tan/Andy. As always it wouldn’t be possible without the supporters who braved the elements and got everyone there on time. Congratulation to Ashford CC for a good win, thank you for hosting us.