Once again there will be top class county cricket for supporters to enjoy this May in Bushy Park. In recent years Middlesex Women have hosted Somerset CC (2016) and Warwickshire CC (2017) in the Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup. This year they will be playing the feisty white roses from Yorkshire in the leafy surroundings of Teddington CC (Bushy Park) on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May.
Women’s cricket is flourishing in Middlesex, England and around the World. As many of you will know England Women won the World Cup at Lords in 2017 and they are inspiring a generation of cricketers from local clubs like Bushy Park Girls CC and Richmond CC. Both Middlesex and Yorkshire include international players in their squads, and this is your chance to rub shoulders with some of the finest cricketers in the world.
The match starts at 11am (finish 5pm-ish) at Teddington Cricket Club, and it is free to watch, just come along. If you’re arriving by car then there is free parking in the Clapperstile Car Park (accessible from Queens Rd, Teddington). The bar will be open in the Teddington CC pavilion with food/cakes and refreshments able.
Whether you support Middlesex, Yorkshire or just love watching cricket on a summer’s day then come and join us on Monday 7th May.
It was a wonderful season for the Under 11s this year that culminated with a Middlesex semi-final against Hampstead CC in North London (03/09/2017). Finals day traditionally pits the best in the North Middlesex Leagues against those in the West. It is the toughest day of the season and one that has seen the hopes of many a Bushy Park girl shipwrecked on North London rocks.
Bushy Park Girls batted first with all the pairs scoring runs against an accurate Hampstead attack. Annie Stirling and Sofia Stapleton-Parslow amassed a steady 12 run advantage in a careful opening gambit. Grace Tasker and Holly Ramsden powered in next, with Ramsden smacking 3 fours in her punchy innings of 13. Hampstead CC realising that they could be in trouble pressed hard for the wickets and it was Beth Crabtree and Hope Jones who were caught in the crossfire. Yet Bushy Park aren’t ones to give up and Crabtree & Jones held their heads high and fought on. The fourth pair saw Stapleton-Parslow come back to the crease alongside Grace Lyon, and they increased the run rate once again with a partnership of 14.
The final Bushy Park Girls pair needed to make some serious runs to post a challenging total, and Rosie Davis & Erin Goodwin didn’t disappoint. Davis is an excellent versatile player has been a real asset to both BPG and Middlesex CC this season. Many of you will have already read about the exploits of Erin Goodwin whose status as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ will soon be redundant as she grows into a willowy young teenager. She has bowled more overs (52) and taken more wickets (18) for Bushy Park Girls than any other player in the club. Both players rose to the occasion with Davis scoring 16 and Goodwin a top score of 20. They helped push the BPG total to 66 in their allotted 20 overs.
Hampstead CC came into bat chasing 67 to win and immediately Sofia Stapleton-Parslow set the tone, conceding just one run from her first over. Grace Tasker too was on good form with a single taken from her final over of three. Bushy Park Girls needed wickets to derail the Hampstead express and Annie Stirling was just the girl for the job. Stirling took 2 wickets, wiping 10 runs from the opposition’s score. Beth Crabtree, Grace Lyon and Hope Jones combined once again to bolster the middle bowling order. With Hampstead creeping toward their target Holly Ramsden produced a great 2 over spell that was rewarded with a wicket from her first ball. With just four overs to go Rosie Davis and Erin Goodwin once again worked in tandem to peg back the wave of Hampstead runs. It was nervous few minutes as Goodwin bagged a wicket and then a maiden over. Davis opened up with a wicket maiden that sees her total wicket haul reach 10 for the season, she is one of only five BP girls to have achieved this feat in 2017.
Unfortunately there wasn’t quite enough wickets taken and Hampstead reached 80 runs in their 20 overs, securing a 14 run victory and reaching the U11 final later in the day. Congratulations to Hampstead CC on an excellent win. Well done to all nine Bushy Park girls who played in the semi-finals. Thank you to the umpires and scorers. Also to North London CC for hosting players and parents alike.
Thank you to managers Dawn and Ted Goodwin, who have worked so hard for all the Under 11 girls, creating a spirit of inclusivity and participation. At the end of Finals Day Bushy Park Girls were awarded the trophy for Under 11s West Middlesex Champions, an accolade that they achieved by playing a large number of their Under 11 squad throughout the season. Well done to all the Under 11 Bushy Park Girls who have been part of that squad, we are very proud of you all.
As an appetiser to the ICC Women’s World Cup in June, Teddington will be hosting the best international and domestic cricketers in Bushy Park next week. With a sunny bank holiday forecast Middlesex are playing Warwickshire in the Women’s Royal London One-Day Cup on Monday 29th May. Middlesex batswoman Fran Wilson will represent the best of England’s talents while New Zealand’s Holly Huddleston will be keen to add to her recent 4 wicket haul against Berkshire Women. 11am start, free entry, Teddington Cricket Club.
In 2016 Bushy Park Girls welcomed the Middlesex Women’s team to Teddington Cricket Club with a thrilling game against Somerset Women. It was a first visit for Middlesex Women and they enjoyed themselves so much they’re back again. There will a barbeque, tea and cakes, bar, sweetshop, raffle, player autographs, Pinkie the Middlesex mascot and his Pavilion with games and prizes.
This is a special opportunity for the girls to be close to their heroes, and we will once again be organising a guard of honour as the players enter the field at 11am. Come down and enjoy the cricketing idyll of Bushy Park on this sunny Bank Holiday, Monday 29th May 2017.
The 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.
The 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.
After 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.
Bushy Park Girls brushed off the winter cobwebs with 2 losses and 2 wins in the Middlesex indoor championship at Whitechapel last month (21/01/2017). The team came together before the club’s winter nets programme had fully kicked in, yet they worked as a team to pull off some hard fought victories and improved as the day went on.
Bushy Park Girls got off to a slow start with a tentative 22 runs scored against Ealing CC in their first game. Grace Tasker bucked the trend by hitting a six and accumulated a tasty 12 runs in just one over of big hitting. Despite a run-out off Rosie Davis’ bowling their opponents cruised to a 38 run victory in their allotted 8 overs.
Bushy Park Girls bounced back with a buoyant win in their second game against Stoke Newington CC. Batting first the BPG opening pair of Davis and Claudie Dexter rattled up an impressive 24 runs in just 2 overs. BPG batted with aplomb throughout their whole innings, scoring a mighty 75 runs. The pressure took its toll on Stoke Newington and they fell 43 runs short.
The third match once again brought out the best in Bushy Park Girls and they posted a large total of 62 for their opponents Harrow Alliance CC to chase. The middle order pair of Grace Lyon and Beth Crabtree were the backbone of the batting performance with 17 runs. Harrow gleaned only 32 runs from the BPG bowling, the nail in their coffin was the death bowling of Erin Goodwin who hammered home the advantage with speed and accuracy.
The last game for Bushy Park Girls was a tight affair against North London CC. Our girls scored a decent 49 runs in their innings but it was the opposition who triumphed by just 2 runs. The bowling of Lexie Dobson (conceding 6 runs) and Ruby Oakley (conceding 2 runs) caught the interest of many of the supporters present and brought the match right down to the wire.
Bushy 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.
The 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.
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.
Bushy 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.
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.
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.
Middlesex Women beat Somerset Women by 1 wicket in a thrilling Division 1 contest at Teddington Cricket Club on Sunday. After Middlesex won the toss and elected to field Somerset found batting hard work during a chilly first hour. Both Holly Huddlestone and Ria Raval took early wickets and reduced Somerset to 47 for 5 before Izzy Imlach scored a fighting 40 runs for the visitors. Somerset were eventually bowled out for 145 with Millie Pope’s penetrating spell yielding her an impressive 4 wickets for 29 runs.
With 50 overs with which to chase their target Middlesex’s response was measured and calm, captain Izzy Westbury opened the innings and top scored with 43 despite a hostile early spell from the England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole. The ECB Women’s Cricketer of the Year showed her calibre by firing out Middlesex’s low order later in the day and triggering a batting collapse that brought the game right down to the wire. It was a nervous end to an exciting contest for the crowd which included local MP Tania Mathias and players from our very own cricket club Bushy Park Girls. With just one wicket remaining it was left to the experience of Beth Morgan, who won the Ashes with England in 2008 and the 2009 World Cup, to secure the victory with a boundary. It was not just the result that impressed Morgan but playing in the heart of Bushy Park, “This is the perfect setting for cricket!” she said after Middlesex triumphantly left the field.
The Organising Committee (Natalie, Andrea and Jo) would like to offer a huge thank you to everyone that helped at the Middlesex v Somerset game on Sunday. Whether you baked a cake, built a marquee, served tea and coffee, slaved over a hot BBQ, sold raffle tickets, bought raffle tickets, dismantled a marquee, acted as a car park attendant, sold sweets in the tuck shop, made up the guard of honour. We had some truly amazing feedback from the Middlesex and Somerset players and their families, with Anya Shrubsole and Izzy Westbury, the Somerset and Middlesex captains respectively taking to twitter after the game to show their appreciation.
This weekend Bushy Park will be the venue for the Royal London Cup clash between two of cricket’s most celebrated counties. On Sunday 29th May at 11am Middlesex Women host Somerset Women in the leafy surroundings of Teddington Cricket Club.
It’s been over 35 years since Teddington has had such a high profile game when Rachel Heyhoe-Flint brought her England team here to beat West Indies in 1979. In recent years Richmond Borough has seen a boom in girls cricket with Bushy Park Girls CC winning the county title in 2015 and last week they signed ex-player and Middlesex Coach Danni Warren to their coaching staff. Warren is excited about the visit of her old teammates, “With the rising profile of the England Women’s team and over 70 girls playing cricket for us in Bushy Park it’s the perfect opportunity to watch top class cricket on our doorstep”
The 50 over match is scheduled from 11am to 7pm with refreshments and free entry for spectators.