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.

 

 

 

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?

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.

Ealing Empire Strikes Back as Coppin Stars

2018_05_18_Ealing_library_photo_lost_33%Bushy Park Girls CC took the early spoils last month against Ealing CC but it was the turn of the West London outfit to flex theirs muscles in this U15 MCA Girls League encounter. On a balmy sunny evening at Teddington CC (18/05/2018) BPG came up against a powerful Ealing side that included their county and U15 stars. Although Bushy Park Girls fought hard it was the Ealing empire that came away worthy winners.

Ealing won the toss and put Bushy Park Girls into bat. With a mix up in personnel, and several girls still in transit to the ground it was an evolving batting line up. Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha and Abigail Avery (11) opened, the latter starting with a brace of fours. Jess Low, Ruby Wilkinson and Priya Chana followed, trying to take the fight to Ealing. The performance of the evening belonged to Amy Coppin at No.5. Her swashbuckling style was unconventional but highly effective as she reached her highest BPG score ever. Coppin finished on 23 not out and was ably accompanied by a sprightly Simrat Khaira (7) and Eve Abbott (7*). With the blade of Coppin’s bat swishing through the air like Zorro’s sword Bushy Park Girls reached 82 for 6 in their 15 overs.

In reply Bushy Park Girls bowled well but it wasn’t quite enough against a determined and talented Ealing side. Low opened with an economical spell (2 overs/9 runs) alongside Paige Goodwin (2o/20r), who had to rush to the BPG rescue after helping out at NPL Allstars. Her sister Erin Goodwin (1o/12r) and Eve Abbott (2o/13r) had also responded to the late call and sacrificed their Friday nights to help their club side. Thank you girls, we value your dedication and unselfish attitude. Both Simrat Khaira (2o/10r) and Iris Saunders (2o/13r) continued their good bowling form from Tuesday night. D’Cunha was nimble behind the stumps, and there were several close run out appeals, including a successful one in the 3rd over. Captain Avery (1o/4r) rolled the dice one last time before Ealing reached 82 for 1 at the end of the 12th over.

Congratulations to Ealing on an excellent win with a very fine team. The U15 Middlesex title that Bushy Park Girls won last year should be safe in Ealing’s hands come the end of the season. Thank you to James and Bob for umpiring, to Sandeep for scoring, and to Lauren for looking after the girls.

Full BPG stats can be found HERE.

Under 11s battle against mighty Ealing

After the postponed Actonians game on May 4th and failing to field a team for The Lady Taverners tournament on 7th, Bushy Park Girls U11s were raring to play some cricket.

In the end it was a tough match for the girls in their first outing in the Middlesex U11 league against old adversary Ealing CC, despite promising early signs. Ealing batted first and Rosie Davis immediately took two wickets in the first over, followed by a wicket for Claudie in the second. Prospects were good. A mix of fairly decent, slow and wide bowling restricted Ealing’s runs to 46 in the first 10 overs and it was good to see the new players like Elodie, Amelia (who top scored with 5), Lola and Lara without much previous match practice, all have a bowl and experience fielding. Annie bowled a nice maiden and got her hands to two difficult chances that failed to stick. The girls were lively in the field but took no more wickets, and Ealing’s more experienced batsmen opened up and put on 69 runs in the latter 10 overs, Mia top scoring in the match with 14. Ealing posted a handsome 115. Too many wides were a feature.

In their reply, Bushy Park started well enough with Grace, Lexie, Bea, Lara and Amelia in the runs while Lola was brave facing good bowling from Ealing’s Annabelle and Luna. After 10 overs, BPG were on 39 versus Ealing’s 46 at the same point and a competitive match was on the cards. Wickets fell regularly, however, when Scout, Kikuko and Annabelle (Middlesex players) hit their rhythm with some impressive line and pace, those three taking six BPG wickets in six overs, bowling few wides and keeping our runs down. This combination reduced BPG’s total to a mean 37, which was not a fair reflection of the spirit and work the girls put in. Rosie managed to score some nice runs at the end but also was unfortunate to be caught behind twice, bobbling up two decent deliveries to the wicket keeper.

Ealing, the stronger team, triumphed by 78 runs. BPG return to training resolved to tighten their bowling, concede fewer wides and learn to guard their wickets. Onwards to East Molesey on Monday.

BPG spring win in Ealing friendly

2018_04_26_U13_U15_vs_Ealing_friendly_win_33%Bushy Park Girls started their summer season campaign with a thrilling win against Ealing CC yesterday. In an entertaining friendly against their rivals the combined BPG team of Under 13s and Under 15s won the match in the final over at Popesfield, Ealing.

On this fresh and blustery April evening Bushy Park Girls won the toss and captain Abigail Avery chose to bat. The BPG batswomen were largely untroubled in their 17 over innings with many of the girls retiring to let others take a turn at the crease. In fact it wasn’t until the 16th over that Bushy Park Girls lost their first wicket. Openers Avery (20*) and Paige Goodwin (8*) made hay while the sun shone (temporarily) with Evie Davies (6*) and Imogen Higgins (8*) coming in next. All of them hitting the boundary rope with some powerful strokes. Pinch hitters Edie Proud (5*) and Jessamy Low (5*) came in for a quick fire cameo. Proud also cracking the boundary while Low accumulated entirely in singles. The final overs were left to Iris Saunders who resolutely steered her three partners, Sophia Stapleton-Parslow, Alice Harvey and Erin Goodwin (6*) to a total of 83 for 2.

Although the Bushy Park Girls side was predominately Under 14 in age the team welcomed three excellent cricketers who have just graduated to the Under 13s team this year. All three bowled brilliantly and must be very proud of the contribution they made to the match. Goodwin E. (2 overs/0 maidens/8 runs/1 wicket) opened the bowling and got the prize wicket of the Ealing opener in her first over. Stapleton-Parslow (2/0/10/0) was second change bowler and she kept her nerve against a fiery Ealing attack. Ruby Oakley (2/0/3/1) was the pick of the Bushy Park bowlers as dusk started to settle. She bagged her first wicket of the season and her spell yielded just 3 runs.

Of the older cohort Low (2/0/12/0) opened alongside Goodwin (E), taking a little time to settle, her second over showing her class. Davies (2/0/13/0) just missed out on an excellent caught and bowled. Proud (2/0/13/1) bowled well and enticed the Ealing No.4 batter into a rash shot, which Low caught at Mid Off. No one was as stylish as Harvey (1/0/7/0) as she ran up to the crease. Saunders (2/0/8/1) has a knack of taking wickets and once again she didn’t disappoint when she bowled the Ealing tailender with the last ball of her spell.

It was left to the skill of  BPG captain Avery (2/0/3/2) to decide the match with a textbook display of death bowling. With Ealing needing 5 runs to win from the last over Avery steamed in and fired out 2 Ealing batters with her accurate bowling. Higgins added to a tense finale by engineering a fine run out and it was Bushy Park Girls who won the match by just 2 runs. A big thank you to the wonderful Paige Goodwin who kept wicket with aplomb. She really is a versatile cricketer and a great asset to the Hertfordshire County team.

Congratulations to both Bushy Park Girls and Ealing who played the game in an excellent spirit. Thank you to James and Mark for umpiring, to Joe, Nimesh and Alban for scoring. Lastly to all the parents who braved the rush hour traffic to get the girls to the match on time.

Current 2018 BPG Stats and averages can be viewed here.

1 run win for Under 15s at Ealing CC

2017_06_19_Ealing_win_3a_33%After some car lift jiggery pokery somewhat to the manager’s surprise 11 BPG turned up at a sun drenched Ealing ground on Monday to play an eagerly awaited crunch match against our friends and rivals. After some relaxing in the shade and consuming tea/dinner the girls were well fuelled for the coming match. Captain Lauren won the toss and chose to bat hoping the team could build a big score.

However things didn’t get off to the best of starts as we lost a wicket 2nd ball and then another in the 3rd over, to opposition captain Hannah, to leave us on 7-2. Visions of the friendly match earlier in the season, against the same opponents, which saw us 14-7 crossed everyone minds.

In at 4 was the captain’s younger sister Abi. We could only hope there would be fewer disagreements than at home!  A few balls later that notion went out the window. Abi not sure where the ball had gone (a few feet next to her!) called for a suicide run. Big sis Lauren says “No!” Little sis calls “Yes!”. “No!” from the other end again. By this time Abi is in no mans land. Turning to go back as the wicket keeper tries 3 times to pick the ball up finally manages it, throws at the stumps from 2 yards and misses!! By such fine margins games are won or lost.
Fortunately the pair put this little setback behind them and consolidated taking the score to 47 at the drinks break of 10 overs. After the break they pushed the score along with a mix of 4s and singles until Lauren had to retire on reaching 30. This brought in Millie Mac who confidently hit her first ball to the boundary. Together they accelerated until Abi to had to retire on 30. Emma came in but soon after was undone by one of those balls you sometimes get at Ealing that shoot along the ground. Unfortunately this one was straight! Looking for the big shot Millie Mac also succumbed LBW and it was left to Ella and Pubudika to bat the last 2/3 overs and take the team to the final score of 110-4. Challenging but somehow did not feel quite enough unless we bowled and fielded well.

Ella (4-1-18-1)and Pubudika (4-0-17-0) opened the bowling for BPG and kept things tight for the first 2 overs. Ella’ second over was a liquorice allsorts affair but most importantly she bowled a cracking ball to dismiss the dangerous Ealing captain Hannah.   Abi (4-0-23-1) replaced Ella to bowl the other opener. Cerys (3-0-20-1) forced the other U15 county player into giving a sharp catch to Lauren and then Abi ran out the Middlx U13 WK pinging the ball into Amelie who did the honours with the gloves. At the other end Ealing’s number 3 Sofia continued to find the gaps and despite giving a chance ended up retiring when she reached 30. At the halfway mark we had taken 4 wickets but more worryingly the score was 66 and they only required another 45.

2017_06_19_U11_vs_ealing_1b_50%After the break Millie (2-0-10-2), Phoebe(3-0-8-1) and Ella put a bit of a break on the Ealing scoring helped by tighter fielding and Glady (in her first league game for BPG), Priya and Pubudika patrolling the boundaries. Wickets fell. Run outs for Lauren and Cerys. Another catch for Lauren off Phoebe’s bowling. Millie’s tight bowling picking up 2 wickets at the other end. However this meant Ealing were 9 wickets down allowing the dangerous Sofia back to the crease. With 3 overs left they needed 16.

These last overs were entrusted to Pubudika and Abi . Pubudika’s first was right on the money and conceded only 3 runs. 12 off 2.  Abi’s first 4 balls were on the spot but after taking a fierce drive from Sophia on the ankle a 4 came off the 5th ball. 8 were needed off the last over and the tension was high.  Dot ball but then a 4 as Sophia turned the ball behind square. Another dot ball and then a single. Sophia off strike and 3 needed. Dot ball and 3 needed off the last ball. Nearly all the fielders were on the boundary as the ball was run down between point and third man. They ran one and turned for 2 as Abi raced off the boundary and threw to Amelie who triumphantly broke the stumps with their last player 2 yards short.  Q mass celebration and your umpire and reporters blood pressure finally returned to something close to normal!

Well done to Sophia from Ealing who finished the match with an excellent 41 not out and almost took her side to victory. Congratulations though to all the girls. Everyone played their part and contributed to an excellent win and a great game which will long be remembered. One league match to go putting us in a strong position to win the West area league.

Thanks to Jacqs and Bob for mastering the scoring and James Grigg and Ealing who, as usual, were excellent hosts and provided a tight and competitive game.