Chance to Shine for Bartlett & Coombe Girls

Coombe_Girls_cricket_indoor_champions_2017a_50%A fledgling team of cricketers from Coombe Girls’ School made the long journey to Play-On in Whitechapel to contest the Chance to Shine indoor championships last month (15/02/2017). Playing against 3 teams from Clapham and Dagenham they started the day as outsiders but with the help from Bushy Park Girl Molly Bartlett their rise to glory won them the Chance to Shine indoor title in style.

Under the expert eye of manager Catherine Bartlett the girls won 5 of their 6 games to qualify for the final against Dagenham. With Molly keeping wicket and reproducing the form she displayed in the Middlesex finals in 2016 the result was never in doubt.

Congratulations to all the girls from Coombe Girls – Tanaya (captain), Molly (vice-captain), Elise, Eun Ha Choi, Holly, Yasmin, Paige and Milly.

 

 

 

 

Middlesex Runners-Up for Waldegrave Swans

waldegrave_middx_runners_up_1_25Four Bushy Park Girls played for Waldegrave School in the Under 13 Lady Taverners Girls’ Cricket County Final last week (22/02/2017). The top five schools in Middlesex fought it out in a round robin tournament to see who would be crowned champions at the county indoor school in Finchley.

Waldegrave’s first match was their toughest, Godolphin and Latymer School have consistently been in the top echelons of girls schools cricket. Godolphin batted first and set a high total in their allotted 6 overs (4 balls per over). In response Waldegrave were steady in reply with Jess Low carrying her bat throughout the innings and Ella Carran batting well at the denouement. Unfortunately they were 3 runs short of their target, and the title had all but slipped away.

Waldegrave are made of sterner stuff, and they had pride and silverware still to play for. Their opponents in the second match felt the backlash as Paige Goodwin opened her bowling spell with 3 dot balls, forcing their player to chip a catch to long-off. Waldegrave’s batswomen knocked off their batting target in only 12 balls to record their first win. The third match saw Waldegrave post a good score and once again put the squeeze on their opponents with Evie Davies keeping a tidy wicket and restricting their batters.

The fourth and final match against St Martha’s (Hadley Wood) was the girl’s chance to grab a medal, whether that be silver or bronze. After an early wobble Jess Low and her partner Holly put on a 40 run partnership to set a healthy score. Once again Paige Goodwin stormed in, bagging another wicket, while Jess Low backed her up with one too.

A well deserved silver medal was awarded to all the Waldegrave girls. County Runners-up is the highest level that Waldegrave School has ever achieved in cricket, so well done to the girls involved.

U13 Middlesex indoor tournament

u13_indoor_middx_tournament_1aThe Under 13 Bushy Park Girls team was the last out of the blocks for the club in the 2017 indoor Middlesex championship (PLAY-ON, Whitechapel, 28/01/2017). Both the U11 and U15 teams had already dusted off their bats but the under 13s proved that last is by no means least. The last minute withdrawal of Ealing CC from the tournament left 5 teams in a round robin competition that culminated in a final (and 3rd/4th place play-off). Bushy Park Girls bagged the 4th spot this year and finished in high spirits, all ready for the season ahead.

Old Actonians CC batted first in the opening game and in the first two overs from Imogen Higgins and Emma Bridge Bushy Park Girls drew first blood with stunning run-outs. Evie Davies turned the screw with a wicket in the 6th over, keeping Old Actonians to a modest total of 24 runs in their 8 overs. Higgins and Erin Goodwin hit hard and hit early in reply, crashing 23 runs in the first 2 overs. It was a cruising victory for Bushy Park Girls in the end with a healthy total of 40 runs.

u13_indoor_middx_tournament_3aThe second match against Primrose Hill CC was a closer contest with 9 runs separating the two teams. Primrose Hill batted first and finished on a good 44 runs. It could have been a much larger total if it wasn’t for the bowling of Paige Goodwin and Davies (once again), who both snaffled a wicket apiece. Bushy Park Girls were steady in their response with a particularly impressive innings from Isabel Jenner who achieved her high score for the tournament with an essential 14 runs (in 2 overs). Jenner’s knock made BPG’s run chase straightforward and they ended their innings on 53 runs.

North Middlesex CC scored a high total of 54 in the third match with Simrat Khaira holding back the wave of runs with a wicket in the 4th over. Despite a valiant attempt BPG came up short with 44 runs. Unfortunately a tough schedule of games took it toll on the BPG batting in the fourth game and they eked out a modest 24 runs before Stoke Newington CC scored their 41 runs and took the win. There were still memorable performance to take note of, run-outs in the first two overs of Higgins’ and Emma Bridge’s bowling gave BPG a fighting chance, and Davies knocked back the stumps once again with her accurate medium pacers.

u13_indoor_middx_tournament_2aAfter a hard day in the troglodytic PLAY-ON indoor arena Bushy Park Girls were destined for 3rd/4th place play-off. Nothing separated the teams in terms of quality and spirit but it was their opponents Old Actonians CC who edged a 6 run win. A wicket from ‘Tiger’ Coppin in her over brought the win within reach but it wasn’t meant to be.

For those of you who love your statistics, Imogen Higgins was the 2nd most valuable player in the whole tournament (45 girls). Erin Goodwin was BPGs highest run scorer with a total of 53. Higgins and Paige Goodwin were equal second with 41 runs each. Evie Davies was top BPG bowler with 3 wickets, Erin Goodwin and Isabel Jenner both took 2 wickets. Of course statistics only tell half the story, the other half is a narrative of team spirit and friendship that is impossible quantify.

Compiled using PLAY-ON statistics

 

U15 Middlesex Indoor Tournament

u15_indoor_tournament_1aBushy Park Girls U15 Middlesex Indoor Tournament Saturday 21st January 2017

On one of the coldest days of the year those of us who thought an indoor tournament was going to be the warmer option were mistaken.  The Play On sports venue in Whitechapel was our destination for the afternoon and I strongly suspect it may have been slightly warmer outside than in.  Most of the 9 Bushy Park girls representing the U15s (more than half the girls helping out from our lower age groups) had some experience of this fast paced indoor game from previous years so were already aware of the finer details and unlikely to get caught out with the ball being mostly in live play as we have in previous years.

The first of our four games was against North Middlesex and the girls.  The opening five overs saw some solid bowling and not too many runs given away however, the first breakthrough came with a run out off Paige’s bowling.  Abi and Pubidika closed the innings down not giving away any runs with North Middlesex setting 39 for Bushy Park to chase down.  Millie and Paige settled the nerves with a solid opening, Millie smacking the opening delivery for 4.  Emma and Pryia followed with more confident batting and chipped away at the 39.  Pubidika and Hannah struggled to hit anything as was mostly no balls and wides however, leaving our final pair of Abi and Jess with 10 to win which they easily knocked off and ended our innings with 48.

u15_indoor_tournament_2aThe second game was against Ealing and a much tougher opponent and we fielded first again.  Molly stepped in this game and a catch taken from her bowling was the first wicket in the fourth over.  Jess had a great direct hit run out off Pubidika’s bowling in the final over to hold Ealing to a score of 43.  Sadly, the girls missed out on the run chase and ended their innings on 25.  A loss that could be chalked up to Ealing’s very impressive fielding.

After a pep talk from Mark and Ted about the importance of calling and not getting out (minus 5) and some refreshments (I think a couple of large bags of haribos may have disappeared during this half hour break)

Next up was Harrow Alliance when once again we put them in to bat.  The girls seemed to be renewed and Priya had an excellent over with two run outs both direct hits one from Millie and the other from Abi.  Hannah also bowled well in this game keeping the scores low with Harrow Alliance finishing on 32.  The runs were knocked off fairly quickly by the Bushy Park girls with Millie and Abi the final pair bringing the match to a close on 54.

The final game of the afternoon was against North London who proved too strong for us.  Notable efforts in the field in this match came from Molly who took a great catch off Pubidika’s bowling and Emma who had a very economical over but North London still managed to score 71.  Jess and Pubidika opened and scored a respectable 17 with just one run out, Emma and Molly did particularly well not to get any outs.  We ended the innings on 24 after a brave attempt at the end by Millie and Abi giving it all but sacrificing wickets to try and get the runs.

At the end of the day it was a great experience for the girls and roll on the summer and hopefully warmer weather.

Waldegrave School U13 Outer London indoor champs

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After winning the U13 borough indoor championship in December Waldegrave School travelled up to the Middlesex Cricket School in Finchley to contest the Outer London county final this week. The school is used by the Middlesex squads during the winter, where they hone their skills ready for the upcoming season. The walls (above) are adorned with many of the greatest players who played not only for Middlesex but England too.

The cricketing greats looked on with delight as Waldegrave School faced Vyners School in a best of three showdown. Waldegrave dealt their opponents two knock blows in a contest that didn’t go the distance. Dominant performances by Waldegrave sees them progress to the U13 Middlesex schools indoor final later this year.

The core of the team is represented with Bushy Park Girls and they played a significant role in both wins. Paige Goodwin captained the Waldegrave Swans, snaffling a caught and bowled chance as the ball ricocheted off the ceiling. Evie Davies and Ella Carran bossed their opponents with some fine fielding, while Jess Low knocked over her opponent’s off-stump with the first ball she bowled.

Well done girls and good luck in the next round.

Teddington School U15 borough indoor champions

teddington_school_u15_borough_champions_1_50Last week (16/01/2017) Teddington School swept away the opposition in a dominant display of strength and skill to win the Richmond Borough U15 Indoor cricket tournament. They were joined by 3 other teams Grey Court (2nd), Twickenham Academy and Waldegrave in the Sports Centre at Teddington school.

Last year the invincible Teddington U13 girls team crushed all before them and several of these players have graduated to the senior side. The Teddington team included six Bushy Park Girls including Sadie Day, Lauren Avery, Cerys Owen, Lara Nunn, Amelie Munday and Ella Waldron. With three of these girls also playing for Middlesex CC it was no surprise to learn that they had won the title but to secure the laurels without even the loss of one wicket is truly awe inspiring.

The girls will now progress to the Outer London Schools tournament at the Middlesex Indoor school in Finchley. Good luck!

 

Waldegrave Swans vs Teddington Kingfishers: The indoor titans

2016_waldegrave_cricket_25Last Friday saw nine Bushy Park Girls playing in the Richmond Borough Indoor Schools Competition at Waldegrave School in Twickenham. Teddington School as last year’s champions came with a fearsome reputation and six Bushy Park girls in their ranks including Kate Middleton, Emma Nunn, Imogen Higgins, Izzy Jenner, Georgia Dobson and captain Abigail Avery. Teddington not only won last year’s tournament they went on to beat Godolphin and Latimer School to be crowned U13 indoor Middlesex School Champions 2016.

Without last year’s opponents Grey Court and Turin House, it was Waldegrave and Christ’s School who joined Teddington in the tournament. With healthy wins for both Waldegrave and Teddington against a plucky Christ’s side it all came down to a head-to-head between the two titans.

In a reversal of last year’s result it was the Waldegrave Swans who came out the winners in a tough contest against the Teddington Kingfishers. BPG’s Paige Goodwin captained the Swans and it was her batting that proved one of the decisive factors in the contest. Not to be outdone Evie Davies bagged a brace of wickets and Jess Low snaffled a hat-trick to secure the win. Waldegrave now aim to follow in Teddington School’s footsteps when they travel to the Lady Taverners Middlesex final in Finchley next year.

Richmond LYG Award for Bushy Park Girls

Last night (13/07/2016) the best in Richmond sport gathered together for a glittering awards ceremony at the Twickenham Stoop, the home of Harlequins Rugby. It was an evening of high achievements as Richmond celebrated 3rd place in the Jubilee Trophy at the London Youth Games 2016. It was also a chance to recognise the performances and contributions from athletes, coaches and clubs.

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Overall Contribution Trophy

The London Youth Games is Europe’s largest youth sports event and is contested by the 32 boroughs in London. Richmond is the 3rd smallest borough and it makes it therefore all the more remarkable that they achieved a podium finish. The girls cricket team who were represented exclusively by Bushy Park Girls were re-awarded their silver medals after reaching the Lords Final back in March 2016. Congratulations to Ella Waldren, Phoebe Head, Sadie Day, Abi Avery, Jess Low and Imogen Higgins who were at the ceremony last night, also to Emma Bridge and Amelie Munday who unfortunately couldn’t be at The Stoop. 

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BPG Manager Mark Avery

It was a night of achievement and recognition for the whole club too as Mark Avery was nominated in the Team Manager of the Year category but the biggest cheer of the night was for Bushy Park Girls CC as they won the trophy for Overall Contribution to the Richmond LYG team. It is a humbling accolade for a club that was only founded in 2012 by club president Natalie Raja. Previous winners include Teddington Hockey Club (2008), Busen Martial Arts (2009), Walbrook Rowing Club (2010) and Twickenham Cycling Club (2011 & 2014) to name a few.

 

Other Bushy Park Girls who were awarded medals and competed in LYG events were Ella Waldren and Phoebe Head (Girls Football), Jessamy Low (Girls Table Tennis) and most notably Lauren Avery and Abigail Avery who won gold medals in the Kayak Sprint. Teddington School, where many of our players are educated, also won a trophy for Schools Participation in the girls category. Congratulations to Ella, Pheobe, Sadie, Lauren and Abi who received the award on Teddington’s behalf.

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School Participation award won by Teddington School

Thank you to Dan Hughes (Sports Development Officer at London Borough of Richmond upon Thames) and Councillors Peter Buckwell and Martin Seymour who have supported our Bushy Park Girls in the indoor cricket arena, and who continue to champion all sports throughout Richmond Borough.

 

London Youth Games Inside Story

12794733_10153918253741382_2218269307417253708_oU13 manager Mark Avery shares his Bushy Park Girls experiences in the BPG Inside Story…..

A cold sunny day greeted the 5 girls who gathered at Teddington station early on Sunday morning (Phoebe and Ella decided the warmth and comfort of the car was a better option!). It was the day of the London Youth Games cricket finals and the girls were eager with anticipation for the day ahead. Sadly they had to leave behind their 8th team member Amelie who had been cruelly crocked playing hockey during the week. The remaining 7 promised to do their best to bring her back a medal.

10683616_10153917587861382_6605551775673662662_oThe train journey flew past with no incident apart from Imi realising at Waterloo that she had left her cricket bat on Hampton Wick Station (fortunately recovered by dragging Dad out of bed!). We arrived in plenty of time at the home of cricket, Lords Cricket ground in St Johns Wood, to watch our potential semi-final opponents, Bexley, easily win in their quarter final.

Very quickly the start time for our quarter final against Harrow, containing the much talked about Sonali, arrived. Would she smash us everywhere and then bowl us all out as some feared?

Harrow got off to a good start but the girls pulled it back bowling tightly in the middle overs. The revered Sonali took to the crease quite late and batting well soon reached 20 but then had to retire. BPG kept the pressure on as wickets fell. The last over arrived but Harrow could only manage 3 runs as they lost 3 wickets including the returning Sonali.

12496369_10153918251866382_2158427396662880067_o102 to win and some of the girls looked worried but they were reminded of how they had chased down a similar total against Hillingdon in the qualifiers. Abi and Ella opened the innings facing the fast paced Sonali. They stood firm taking her for 17 off the first over and continued to batter the bowlers and steal many runs they shouldn’t. They quickly passed 50. Abi retired and then Ella. Jess hit a couple of lusty blows, Phoebe was cruelly run out. But we were always ahead of the rate and Sadie and Imogen saw us home with 2.5 overs still to bowl. A comprehensive victory and at this point Richmond girls’ cricket team had progressed further than ever before in the London Youth Games. Now guaranteed joint 3rd place!

It was a long wait to our semi-final against the fancied Bexley side. Food was eaten, Cricket watched. Practice outside alongside the famous Nursery ground. All of a sudden we were on. Ella tossed up and for the first time in the tournament we were batting first. We started badly as Abi fended off a high full toss first ball and was caught. Ella stood firm in the face of good Bexley bowling as wickets fell around her but it seemed our innings was over all too quickly. We had scored fast as we reached 58 in just 4.5 overs. Would that be enough? The girls looked despondent. They were going to have to produce a miracle to turn this one round.

12779250_10153918255286382_4415743737882492753_oParents, coaches, Councillors, the Mayor of Richmond and Dan our fantastic Sports Development Manager from Richmond Council watched on. I think I probably only need to copy his quote. “The bowling and fielding in the semi-final against Bexley in particular, was up there with one of the best sporting performances I’ve ever seen, at professional level as well!” He is not wrong. The girls were fantastic. They were sharp and threatening in the field. Emma stopping boundaries in the deep. A catch from Phoebe that can only be described as a worldly. How did that stick? Bowling so tight as Ella, Jess and Abi turned the screw and the pressure took its toll. In no time Bexley were staggering at 26-5. Only 1 wicket to take and she was a good bat. Phoebe bowled a tight over and then our youngest player, Imogen, came onto bowl. Dot, dot, dot and then the Bexley bat tries to play a shot. The ball lobs up. Imogen is under it. Disaster the ball goes down. Would that be our chance blown? Would little Imi be able to cope with missing such a crucial catch? Of course she would. How could I doubt her? Next ball was straight and true. A swing and a miss and the stumps went down. Incredibly the mighty BPG had taken Richmond to the final.

12795174_10153917588376382_797110085868961262_oIt was another long wait to the final. A chance to check out our finalists. Pictures in front of the famous ground and with the Mayor.  Our opponents were known. It was going to be Hammersmith and Fulham some of whom we knew. We needed 6 girls for the final out of 7, all of whom had played so well in the first two games. Who would want to be a manager to leave one out

A good start as we win the toss and put them in. Early bowling from Ella, Jess and Phoebe kept it very tight. H & F were under pressure. Abi then strikes with 2 wickets in an over. Then Imogen and Jess and another for Abi helped by more terrific fielding and 2 fantastic catches by Ella behind the wicket. 73 all out. Surely a gettable target. Preparation for batting was suddenly thrown though. All the bats had disappeared out the bag. One was found and some were loaned from our ever growing band of supporters which included current Middlesex 1st XI players.

12764412_10153918255586382_1622507212654461859_oElla and Abi finally made it to the middle and got us off to a good start. Over 20 were on the board in just the 2nd over before enthusiasm for stealing runs went a little far and Abi was run out. Next ball Ella smashed the ball into the ground and it cannoned off the floor into the hands of the H&F fielder. Hope and luck was all H&F could have and they got it in plenty as they claimed the catch and the umpire concurred. 2 wickets in two balls and suddenly it was a different game. Jess and Phoebe added a few until nerves got to the girls and another suicide run out. Phoebe was gone. No need to panic. We were still well head of the run rate required. Jess batted patiently until the ball lobbed off her foot into the hands of their wicket keeper. A half-hearted appeal for a catch. The same umpire. The same result. Maybe it was time to offer him my spare glasses from my bag. However as someone once said “The eyes are useless when the mind is blind” so not sure it would have helped

Imogen and Sadie eked out some runs but H&F seemed to have 7 players and finally they claimed the wickets and Richmond were beaten. A few tears were shed but the girls can only be proud of what was a magnificent performance and far exceeded all expectations. The fielding and bowling in particular was fantastic and was demonstrated by the fact that they bowled every side out in the competition. I can only say I was immensely proud of them. Spirits picked up as we wound our way home. Amelie got her promised medal, we have tea with the Mayor to look forward to and we can plan to go one better next year. A big well done to Ella, Emma, Phoebe, Sadie, Jess, Abi, Imogen and of course Amelie. And special thanks to Dave and Hannah, Natalie for scoring, all our supporters and Dan from Richmond Sports Development.

 

Middlesex U13 Indoor Champions 2016

bushy_park_girls_U13_indoor_championsBushy Park Girls Cricket Club retained their Under 13 title by winning the MCA Indoor tournament at PLAY ON in Whitechapel yesterday. Four teams from Middlesex competed for the first silverware of the season including Stoke Newington CC, Primrose Hill CC and North Middlesex CC in this traditional curtain raiser.

It seemed an impossible task for Under 13 Bushy Park Girl’s manager, Mark Avery, to bring this team together after they lost their first match heavily to North Middlesex by 38 runs (BPG 21 – 59 NM). With two new players entering the fray for the first time, Ruby Wilkinson and Iris Saunders (from Teddington Town CC) here was a chance to rebuild the eight girl team.

Bushy Park Girls calmed their nerves with a 21 run win over a sporting Primrose Hill side (BPG 37 – 18 PH) but again tasted the bitter pill of defeat with a 20 run defeat against a strong and well drilled Stoke Newington team (BPG 17 – 37 SN). Not all was lost! Despite coming third in the round robin stages of the tournament the vagaries of the system meant they had to play Stoke Newington again for a place in the semi-final, and then the unbeaten North Middlesex in the final.

BPG captain Abigail Avery inspired the teammates around her in a surprising turnaround that saw her team beat Stoke Newington in the semi-final (SN 29 – 48 BPG) before turning the form book on its head with a 17 run victory in the final vs North Middlesex CC.

There were good individual performances from bowlers Imogen Higgins (equal 1st tournament wicket taker, 4 wickets) and Erin Goodwin (2 wickets). Jessamy Low was a steadying influence in the batting order (2nd highest tournament runs,48 & high score, 21). It may sound like a cliche but they wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for the team’s performance as a group and the selfless sacrifice of players like Molly Bartlett, Abigail Avery and Paige Goodwin who often batted and bowled against the opposition’s superstars.

Congratulations to the U13 MCA Indoor Champions 2016. Abigial Avery (Capt), Imogen Higgins, Erin Goodwin, Jessamy Low, Paige Goodwin, Ruby Wilkinson, Iris Saunders and Molly Bartlett.