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.

BPG thrill in Hampton Hill tie

2018_05_15_vs_Hampton_Hill_tied_1aHampton Hill CC and Bushy Park Girls CC have played out some memorable matches over the past two seasons. Last night (15/05/2018) was no exception when Bushy Park Girls snatched a tie from the jaws of defeat. Hampton Hill are one of BPG’s brother clubs and like a sibling we admire their qualities (of fairness and inclusivity) but we also revel in the challenges that they set before us.

Hampton Hill won the toss and chose to field. Bushy Park Girls’ opener Molly Bartlett set the tone of her innings by hitting the first ball of the match for a four. Conditions were perfect for cricket and particularly batting, over the next hour or so Bartlett treated the sunset crowd to a fine display of boundaries. Accompanied by Paige Goodwin they built a partnership that wouldn’t be broken until the 19th over of the innings. Bartlett finally succumbed on 57, scoring a first half-century that surely wont be her last. Goodwin’s contribution shouldn’t be underestimated. Her total of 34* was accumulated without hitting the boundary rope once, it was an innings of hard graft in contrast to Bartlett’s champagne cricket. A perfect combination.

After waiting 19 overs to bat Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha came in for the last over and selflessly sacrificed her wicket in pursuit of runs. Iris Saunders helped the ever present Goodwin (P) to push the final BPG total to 114 for 2 (in 20 overs).

With Bartlett exhausted after her epic innings Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha was thrust into wicket-keeping duties as Hampton Hill came out to bat. What a fabulous team player to have at your disposal, and she was kept busy with a number of run out chances that just failed to lift the umpires’ finger. The Hampton Hill openers were in fine form too (scoring 45 and 43) but the Bushy Park Girls stuck to their task well. Throughout the team it was one of the best performances in terms of extras conceded.

Opening bowlers Erin Goodwin (2 overs/7 runs/0 wickets) and Jess low (2o/8r/0w) were ever reliable figureheads for Bushy Park Girls. Their younger team mates Ruby Oakley (2o/15r/0w) and Sophia Stapleton-Parslow (2o/17r/0w) were a little disrupted when a football was continually kicked onto the pitch by some inebriated young men. Hampton Hill’s batsmen employed perfect drop and run tactics, easing singles amongst a handful of boundaries. However hard BPG tried in the field they couldn’t break the opening partnership. Imogen Higgins (3o/13r/2w) was the magic ingredient and in the 15th over she teased an edge into wicketkeeper D’Cunha’s safe hands. Emily Bryce (2o/16r/0w) bamboozled the new batsmen with her crafty left arm bowling. In her second over Bartlett engineered a run out, leaving Hampton Hill on 97 for 2 at the end of the 16th over.

After her epic batting performance Paige Goodwin (1o/4r/0w) lifted tired legs to keep the pressure on the new Hampton Hill batsmen. The game was interrupted once again by drunken behaviour from the sidelines (not by parents!) and the umpires stepped in to calm the situation, and confiscate an errant football. Iris Saunders (3o/14r/0w) and Simrat Khaira (3o/20r/0w) were unfazed and kept up an excellent line and length in the final overs. Both should be praised for the way they responded to the pressure. With Hampton Hill needing just 3 runs to win BPG captain Jess Low chose Higgins to bring the game to a conclusion. With two singles eked out in the first 5 deliveries it came down to the last ball of the match. Hampton Hill needed 1 run for the win. Higgins had no room for error and her final ball smacked the stumps! A tie was a fitting end to a fantastic match, played in a great spirit. Hampton Hill finished on 114 for 3 (20 overs).

2018_05_15_vs_Hampton_Hill_tied_2Thank you to Dave and Alex for umpiring (and crowd control) and to Adam, Jonathan, Ryan and Alban for scoring. And to Dawn for managing the girls once again. We always enjoy our matches against Hampton Hill, and the boys always host us with great respect.

View the full BPG stats HERE.

Hampton Hill front runners in Division 3 title race

With just two games left of the Boys League season for Bushy Park Girls CC every match increases with anticipation and importance. Hampton Hill and BPG rest near the top of the MCA West U12 Division 3 table and the match last Thursday (29/06/2017) was a contest that both were desperate to win. As dusk descended on Bushy Park it was Hampton Hill who won the match due to a superb display of bowling and fielding that squeezed the life out of a plucky BPG side.

2017_06_29_vs_Hampton_Hill_loss_2a_33%Hampton Hill won the toss and chose to field, and by Jove they executed their game plan with purpose and precision. Bowlers kept to a tight line, swinging the ball and leaving the BPG batswomen with many a ‘play and miss’. There were still some gallant and hard fought performances from the Bushy Park Girls. Emma Sloan and Paige Goodwin opened the batting and look largely untroubled, accumulating 19 runs in 7 overs before Sloan was bowled for 14, a season’s high score. Goodwin followed in the 9th over with a dogged 5, all scored in singles. The powerhouse of the BPG innings was Abigail Avery (23*) who alongside Captain Ella Waldron (11) pushed the score to 42 in the 12th over before Waldron fell to a smart caught and bowled.

Jess Low smacked a quick-fire 8 and after she was out taking one too many risks the Hampton Hill bowlers crashed into the BPG middle order with Molly Bartlett and Evie Davies succumbing to some fine direct bowling. Both Georgia Dobson (4) and Isabel Jenner (2) sacrificed their wickets to run outs trying to reach a challenging team total. Leaving Eve Abbott (1*) and the ever reliable Abigail Avery to edge the final score to 81 for 8 in their 20 overs. You have to applaud Hampton Hill for their performance in the field, it was the finest bowling display that Bushy Park Girls has seen all season.

2017_06_29_vs_Hampton_Hill_loss_3a_50%Like their opponents Bushy Park Girls bowled well in reply but the swinging ball was proving difficult to control. It was a challenging time for wicketkeeper Molly Bartlett who adapted well as the HHCC innings progressed. Early skirmishes and chances didn’t go BPG’s way yet they gallantly plugged away. Jess Low (3-0-6-0) was as miserly as ever, and Ella Waldron was full of fire (3-0-16-1) taking the first Hampton Hill wicket in the 6th over of the match at the end of an aggressive spell. Abigail Avery (2-0-14-0) and Erin Goodwin (2-0-6-1) were first change bowlers with the Pocket Rocket once again bagging a wicket, her 17th of the season.

As Hampton Hill reached their 50 in the 11th over they seemed to be cruising but Bushy Park Girls fought back with wickets from their next four bowlers, showing the strength and depth in the side. This all-round increase in skill and competitiveness is largely due to the tireless work that Head Coach Dave Waldron (and Nick Attenborough) put in to training on Monday nights. Eve Abbott (2-0-16-1) was the first bowler to strike from this quartet, followed by a good catch from Erin Goodwin off the bowling of Evie Davies (1-0-9-1). It wasn’t long before Goodwin (E) was at it again, taking a catch from a Emma Sloan (2-0-8-1) delivery and finally Isabel Jenner (1-0-1-1) came to the party with a scudding over that bamboozled the Hampton Hill batsman and gained her a handy LBW. Unfortunately it was all in vain as Hampton Hill reached their target of 82 at the end of the 16th over.

Congratulations to Hampton Hill and good luck in your remaining fixture against Teddington Town next Friday. Thank you to Dave and Mark for umpiring, and Rob, Gavin, Sam, Ellie and Alban for scoring. Well done to all the girls, whatever happens in your last fixture against Ashford on Monday you have already exceeded all expectations in the Boys League.

Full BPG Stats HERE

Rain washes away Bushy Park Girls’ good start

The ICC Champions Trophy clash between Australia vs Bangladesh wasn’t the only big match to fall foul of the weather yesterday (05/06/2017) evening. The U12 Division 3 MCA West league match between Hampton Hill and Bushy Park Girls was also brought to a premature close after the rain swept in.

2017_06_05_vs_Hampton_Hill_rain_1_33%Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to bat. Eve Abbott and Phoebe Head opened the innings for BPG and both survived the early onslaught from the impressive Hampton Hill firebrands. The girls knew that Hampton Hill often make early inroads with their accurate line and length. By the time Abbott left the stage Bushy Park Girls had established a solid base, scoring 29 for 2. With Abigail Avery and captain Ella Waldron pushing the run rate up BPG were nicely poised on 46 runs after 12 overs. Unfortunately the bad weather arrived and the match was abandoned.

2017_06_05_vs_Hampton_Hill_rain_3_33%A special mention is due to Abigail Avery who scored an untroubled 21 Not Out last night, she has now passed 200 runs in 2017. Her current total is 216 and there is still every possibility that she will break the 300 in due course. Full BPG Stats HERE

Thank you to Hampton Hill CC for their impeccable hospitality, Dave and Alban for umpiring, and Ernest and Gavin for scoring. Thank you to everyone who turned up, in defiance of the weather/forecast, especially the girls who didn’t get a chance to bat – Paige Goodwin, Jess Low, Imogen Higgins, Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha, Alice Harvey, Isabel Jenner and Emma Nunn.

Historic Win for BPG in MCA West Boys League

2017_05_08_vs_Hampton_Hill_BL_1_33%Yesterday (08/05/2017) heralded a new and exciting era for Bushy Park Girls CC. Last season they played in the MCA West Boys League in a friendly basis, but in 2017 they proudly took their place as an official team in Division 3 of the U12 League. Last night they played one of their brother clubs, Hampton Hill CC, who have been so generous in supporting BPG and its development since 2012. It was a thrilling encounter with Bushy Park Girls securing victory on the penultimate ball of their innings and making BPG history by winning in the boys league for the first time.

2017_05_08_vs_Hampton_Hill_BL_5_33%Bushy Park Girls captain Ella Waldron won the toss and put Hampton Hill CC into bat. Opening bowler Jess Low started with a maiden and set the tone for a tight match with excellent bowling from both sides. Paige Goodwin attacked immediately, inducing the HHCC opener to loft a catch to Imogen Higgins. Goodwin (P) wasn’t finished there and bowled Hampton Hill’s No.2 bat, finishing with figures of 2 overs, 3 runs, 2 wickets. Her sister Erin Goodwin also started with a maiden and was amongst the wickets in her second over, dispatching the opposition’s most dangerous batsman (3 overs, 1 maiden, 4 runs, 1 wicket). Ella Waldron produced a fiery spell that was hard to contain, once she tweaked her radar she got a well deserved wicket on her final ball.

2017_05_08_vs_Hampton_Hill_BL_2_33%The strength and depth of the BPG bowling attack was commented upon by many of the spectators who lined the boundary. As one good bowler left the attack another took their place. Both Eve Abbott (2 overs, 6 runs, 1 wicket) and Emma Sloan (3 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket) got their first wickets in this year’s campaign and were a great example of the team’s plentiful resources. Abigail Avery was back on form with a wicket maiden in her solitary over, courtesy of a diving catch from Low at point. It was a welcome return for Phoebe Head, playing her first match since winning the U13 Girls League Championship last year. Imogen Higgins impressed once again with a probing brace of overs (2 overs, 8 runs, 2 wickets) and this took her tally up to 9 wickets for the season. Molly Bartlett had an excellent game behind the stumps and took her first catch as a wicketkeeper with a nick from Higgins’ bowling. A run-out brought the Hampton Hill CC innings to a close at 53 all out (17.2 overs).

They say low scoring matches are the most exciting and this lived up to that billing. Hampton Hill’s opening bowler was a class act, and he struck with the first ball of the Bushy Park Girls innings. The top order batswomen had to be resilient and glean what they could from HHCC’s accurate bowling. Despite a four from Phoebe Head the rearguard action was left to Abigail Avery and Eve Abbott to glue the innings back together after a shattering start. After Avery went for a fluid 10 runs it was left to Abbott and Imogen Higgins to construct what would become the largest partnership of the BPG innings (17 runs). Higgins top scored with 13 runs but departed in the 18th over with 7 runs left to win. Abbott was run-out at the end of the 19th over leaving Emma Sloan and Jess Low to score 5 runs in the final over. Both batswomen kept their nerve with Low striking the winning runs off the penultimate ball. It was fitting end to a match played in a tremendous spirit, one that neither side deserved to lose.

Well done to Imogen Higgins who has now scored more than 100 runs this year for BPG, and to the Hampton Hill wicketkeeper who also caught the eye with some brilliant work.

Thank you to everyone at Hampton Hill CC for making us so welcome. Thanks to Dave and Mark for umpiring, and Jit, Gavin and Alban for scoring. We wish Hampton Hill good luck in the season ahead.

BPG Stats are HERE

Hampton Hill CC turn up the heat

On the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures topping 33c Hampton Hill CC turned up the heat on visitors Bushy Park Girls in Carlisle Park (Hampton) yesterday. After restricting BPG U13s to a modest total of 59, Hampton Hill kept cool heads to reach their target of 60 in the 11th over.

Hampton Hill U12s won the toss and put Bushy Park Girls into bat and it wasn’t long before they hit a rich vein of form. Their opening bowler Ellie sent 3 Bushy Park batswomen back to the safety of the shade and young firebrand Max Ratcliffe kept the fightback at bay with a wicket maiden. As Bronnie Polley watched her batting partners come and go she carved out a calm and assured 15 runs (highest BPG score). The middle order put up some more resistance with Issy Ryan (6 runs), Jessamy Low and latterly Emma Nunn who staunched the earlier wounds inflicted by Hampton Hill but it was Lucy Barton who stole the show in the later stages with a 9 run cameo. It was a timely innings by both Barton and Ryan (partnership – 21 runs), who say farewell to Bushy Park Girls this season. This has been Issy Ryan’s debut season with BPG but she has become a firm favourite in the team with her golden arm in the field. In comparison Lucy Barton has been with Bushy Park Girls since its inception, she has been a wonderful servant to the club and this was a fitting way for her to sign off.

Hampton Hill were the most miserly (in terms of extras) of all the boy’s teams that Bushy Park Girls have played this year, from U11 to U13 sides, in all leagues and friendlies. Although Bushy Park Girls bowled well against a very assured Hampton Hill side the target of 60 was always within their grasp. True to form BPG never gave up and it is with great credit that they charged-in with purpose, openers Cerys Tudor-Owen (14 runs/2overs) and Jessamy Low (1 wicket/11 runs/2 overs) were ably supported by a fiery spell by Ella Waldren (7 runs/2 overs). Paige Goodwin (8 runs, 2 overs), Molly Bartlett (5 runs, 1 over) and Millie MacEacharn (8 runs, 1 over) fought hard to restrict Hampton Hill. Thank you to Amelie Munday who kept wicket in her full gear despite the heat. The final over of the match was bowled by Lucy Barton and although this was her last game for Bushy Park Girls we hope this is not the last we see of her. There is talk of a Bushy Park Women’s side being planned and it would be honour to see her play once again for the BPG.

Congratulations to Hampton Hill CC on a fine performance with both bat and ball. Thank you to Dave Waldren and David Mackinney for umpiring, and to Ian, Gavin and Alban for scoring. A special mention to Andrea Polley for refreshing us on what was a sweltering but enjoyable evening.