Middlesex Under 13 Champions

20160904_a6000_02244_aBushy Park Girls Cricket Club won the Middlesex title yesterday (04/09/2016) at North London CC with a dominant display over the best teams in the county. The Under 13 side who were going for the double after last year’s championship triumph restricted Harrow Alliance CC to only 69 runs in their semi-final before reaching their target with 7 overs to spare. It was a similar story in the final with the bowlers turning the screw on rivals Ealing CC, who scored 89 runs in their 20 overs. The Bushy Park Girls team are unbeaten throughout the 2016 girl’s league season and they didn’t buckle under the added pressure, scoring the winning runs with the loss of just 2 wickets.

The Finals Day pits the top teams from the North and West Middlesex regions against each other in a semi-final and ultimately final (for those that are successful). Despite the long summer break the Bushy Park Girls Under 13 team were ready for action after intensive net sessions with Head Coach Dave Waldren in the preceding week.

Harrow Alliance CC were BPG’s opponents in their semi-final and it only took 2 balls for opening bowler Jessamy Low (2 wickets, 9 runs, 4 overs) to strike when an edge was taken by the ever impressive Amelie Munday behind the stumps. With both Low and her opening partner Paige Goodwin (9 runs, 4 overs, 1 maiden) restricting Harrow they had to take risks with their singles and it was the turn of Munday and Pheobe Head (1 wicket, 13 runs, 3 overs) to shine by running out the their No.2 and No.3 batswomen. Second change bowlers Abi Avery (2 wickets, 10 runs, 4 overs, 1 maiden) and Sadie Day (2 wickets, 13 runs, 3 overs, 1 maiden) were equally deadly, putting Harrow constantly on the back foot. With Emma Bridge (11 runs, 2 overs) chipping in with valuable overs they restricted Harrow Alliance CC to a modest 69 for 9 from 20 overs.

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BPG bowling against Harrow Alliance CC

Bushy Park Girls batted with great maturity in their reply and openers Amelie Munday (11) and Molly Bartlett (16) brought the score to 34 as Abigail Avery came to the crease. Avery’s 31 (not out/retired) crushed any hope the opposition had in a sparkling innings that included 6 fours. It was left to Sadie Day (8 not out) and the ‘finisher’ Evie Davies to wrap up the innings. They reached their target of 70 runs in the 13th over, leaving a few minutes for manager Mark Avery to rouse his team before the final.

 

Ealing CC looked formidable in their semi-final against North Middlesex CC and Bushy Park were expecting their closest rivals to give them a stern test in the final. Once again the miserly Jessamy Low (4 runs, 4 overs, 1 maiden), Paige Goodwin (2 wickets, 18 runs, 4 overs) and Emma Bridge (2 runs, 1 over) turned the screw, resulting in wickets and a run out (Avery). Abigail Avery swapped a starring turn with bat for ball as she ripped out the heart of the Ealing batting with a bowling spell of 4 wickets for 12 runs in her 4 overs, devastating! BPG were tight in the field with captain Amelie Munday placing key fielders like Ruby Wilkinson and Priya Chana in the ‘do or die’ positions. Both Wilkinson and Chana have  been with us only a year but have become firm favourites within the team and yesterday they helped keep Ealing CC to 89 for 8 in their 20 overs.

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BPG batting against Ealing CC

Bushy Park Girls were untroubled in their reply and they quickly reached their total in the 13th over, obviously a lucky number for the team of 2016. Amelie Munday (7) opened with Molly Bartlett (20 not out) and they had already accumulated 25 runs by the time Munday fell. Phoebe Head top scored for BPG with 25 runs which brought the team to the edge of victory. Once again it was the ‘finisher’ Evie Davies who secured the win and the team rushed onto the pitch to celebrate a well deserved Middlesex title. It is the highest accolade that the team can win and to do it in such a fashion shows what a fabulous spirit there is at Bushy Park Girls.

 

It is an apt and tearful goodbye to 4 of the girls who played yesterday and we wish Amelie Munday, Sadie Day, Phoebe Head and Priya Chana all the best with their transition to the Under 15 side.

Thank you to everyone at North London CC who organised Finals Day especially Martin Issett. As a club we really appreciate all the time, effort and commitment to the MCA SEAXE League and we will miss his leadership as he steps down from chairing the league. Thank you to Mark for umpiring, Alban for scoring and Martin Bridge for taking some fabulous photos (full selection is here – https://goo.gl/photos/v69DXY73BzR8DJd37 ). Not forgetting all the supporters on the day who cheered us on, thank you.

 

The Big Match

As the nation gathered around their television sets for England’s Euro 16 knockout football match versus Iceland there was even bigger contest being played in Bushy Park last night. Traditionally Ealing CC slug it out with Bushy Park Girls CC to see who will lift the crown of U13 MCA West League champions. It is an eagerly anticipated fixture on the cricketing calendar and although it is played in the best of spirits, the girls focus on this match more than any other.

Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to bat. Amelie Munday and Ella Waldren (captain) immediately got into stride and accumulated 42 runs for the first wicket. Both players fell in quick succession in the 6th and 7th overs with Waldren scoring 13 runs and Munday 12. Abigail Avery was the backbone of the BPG innings, with decisive strokes (inc. 5 fours) she powered the host’s total over 100 before retiring on 31. Paige Goodwin played a cameo at the end, pushing Bushy Park Girls’ final total to a very creditable 129 for 6 from their 20 overs.

Ealing’s batting was restricted by the BPG opening bowlers Ella Waldren and Jessamy Low with a mere 10 runs conceded after the first 7 overs . Waldren struck in her first over and credit must go to her for a fine and fiery spell (1 wicket/0 runs/3 overs). Bushy Park Girls turned the screw in the middle part of the Ealing innings too with Ruby Wilkinson, Goodwin (P), Emma Sloan (1 run/2 overs), Molly Bartlett (2 runs/1 over) and the ‘Pocket Rocket’ Erin Goodwin (2 wickets/3 runs/3 overs) keeping the visitors under the cosh. It was an impressive all round performance with Wicket Maidens from Waldren and Goodwin (E), and Maidens from Sloan and Low. The deadly triumvirate of Avery (1 wicket/4 runs/1 over), Phoebe Head (1 wicket/3 runs/1 over) and Sadie Day (1 wicket/1 run/1 over) swooped in at the end to snuff out the Ealing innings for 48 runs in 18.5 overs.

Congratulations to the whole Bushy Park Girls team for a brilliant and decisive win. It has been hard campaign for the U13 girls this year but spirits have never waned and it was a joy to see them on and off the field last night. Thank you to Mark and James for umpiring and Alban for scoring.

 

 

First game of the summer(?)

Bushy Park Girls Cricket Club under 13s started their 2016 summer season with a hard fought win over Ealing Cricket Club yesterday (25/04/2016). Although there were battling performances throughout both teams the real opponent on this murky and chilly evening in Ealing was the weather itself.

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Warming up with Sandeep

Bushy Park Girls CC who were captained by Amelie Munday (vice captain Phoebe Head) batted first and scored 71 for 8 wickets in their 15 overs. The conditions weren’t ideal for batting with bad light and rain in the air. Opening for BPG, Munday top scored for her team while Molly Bartlett was second highest run scorer. Alice Harvey on her debut batted well and was retired Not Out. Another notable debut was from Priya Chana.

 

Ealing were curtailed by some accurate bowling from the Bushy Park Girls and once they dispatched their opponent’s top order they took the upper hand. Sadie Day and Jessamy Low opened the bowling against some aggressive early batting from Ealing, it was Low’s two wickets in two balls which put Ealing onto the back foot. Thereafter the accuracy of bowling from Emma Nunn, Paige Goodwin and Erin Goodwin kept Ealing to 63 for 3 in 15 overs and gave BPG their first win of the summer season. A special mention must go to Simrat Khaira who was the only girl to bowl a maiden in the whole match.

Both sides will have benefited from this friendly, giving the girls their first taste of hardball competition in what has been an early season of unpredictable weather. The words of poet Thomas Tusser  (1524-1580) come to mind ‘Sweet April showers do spring May flowers’. The girls will grow stronger for the experience and will blossom in the months to come.

Thank you to Ealing CC for hosting us, the girls who played, parents and especially Sandeep Khaira for scoring the match.