Ealing CC vanguard fire an early warning

Traditionally the BPG under 15s start off with a early season friendly, last year it was against a NPLCC boy’s team but yesterday (12/05/2017) it was versus arch-rivals Ealing CC. For five of the Bushy Park girls this was a first appearance this season and a few of the winter cobwebs were yet to be brushed off. Ealing U15s won this early skirmish in some style but there were still harbingers of hope in the BPG ranks.

2017_05_12_vs_Ealing_friendly_loss_50%Ealing CC won the toss and put Bushy Park Girls, captained by Ellie Lord, into bat. As the sun set over the Duke of Clarence’s former residence, Bushy House, the home team’s innings was also plunged into darkness. A devastating spell of bowling from Ealing’s top four bowlers left Bushy Park Girls reeling on 13 for 6 in only the sixth over. A serious rebuilding phase was needed and Pubudika Punchihewa was the woman for the job. She constructed two 15 run partnerships with both Emma Sloan and Paige Goodwin. With momentum behind them Punchihewa guided her young counterpart Jessamy Low in a 33 run stand that saw Bushy Park Girls reach 76 for 9. This was a perfectly timed innings from Punchihewa who despite being given LBW on the final ball of the allotted 20 overs can be very proud of the 40 runs she scored.

2017_05_12_vs_Ealing_friendly_loss_Pub_33%It was a busy time for Bushy Park Girls’ top scorer Pubudika Punchihewa as she opened the bowling alongside Ella Waldron. Both found it hard to control the ball in the early stages but Waldron returned later in the innings to claim a wicket maiden in the 15th over (3 overs, 1 maiden, 12 runs, 1 wicket). Jessamy Low put the brakes on the Ealing scoring with a maiden before Priya Chana and Abigail Avery also bowled good opening overs. With wickets need Emma Sloan (2 overs, 8 runs, 1 wicket) bowled Ealing’s most dangerous batswoman before Amelie Munday pocketed a catch behind the stumps from the bowling of Phoebe Head (2 overs, 7 runs, 1 wicket). With the game slipping out of reach Millie MacEacharn ( 2 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket) slowed the Ealing chase with a wicket in the 16th over but it was too little too late unfortunately. Ealing CC reached their target in the 18th over (77 for 4) and took the early season bragging rites.

Congratulations to Ealing CC Under 15 Girls on a fine win. Thanks to Mark and Lance for umpiring, and to Jason and Alban for scoring.

BPG Stats are HERE

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.