Teddington Invincibles march on!

Tedd_Lady_Taverners_2_3_2016Teddington School girls cricket team were crowned Middlesex U13 indoor champions after beating Godolphin and Latimer School in the Lady Taverner’s final last Wednesday (02/03/2016). The Lady Taverners U13 indoor (schools) cricket competition has given over 110,000 girls the opportunity to enjoy competitive cricket since it’s inception. The 2016 Middlesex final marks the 13th anniversary of this Lady Taverners competition, but it wasn’t an unlucky number for the Teddington girls and we hope their luck continues when they play the other county finalists for the National title later in the year.

Well done to Bushy Park Girls CC players Ella Waldren, Sadie Day, Amelie Munday, Pheobe Head, Kate Middleton, Emma Nunn and Abigail Avery who played for Teddington School.

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.

Bushy Park Girls make history in 2015

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Bushy Park Girls Middlesex players at The Oval (18/05/2015)

Bushy Park Girls Cricket Club crowned a golden year by becoming Middlesex champions at North London CC on Sunday 6th September.

 

The U13 team beat Finchley CC in the semi-final before downing the host club in the final to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.

It was a day of agony and ecstasy though as the Bushy Park’s U11 team could not match their older clubmates as they lost out to North Middlesex in their final by one run, having beaten Primrose Hill in the semi-final. The long road to success started in January when the team won the Middlesex U13 indoor tournament and then represented Richmond Borough at Lord’s for the London Youth Games final.

The U11s won the Middlesex Lady Taverners Tournament and remained unbeaten until the final ball of the final day of the season on Sunday.

“This year we’ve really put Bushy Park on the map like never before,” said club founder and director Natalie Raja. “We’ve played teams from all over the South of England, representing the county, borough and girl’s cricket with pride,”

“We’ve got a great team ethic here and I’m proud of all the 50 girls that have played competitive cricket with us this season.”

The future for women’s cricket in the local area and beyond looks promising too with seven Bushy Park players representing Middlesex at county level and Bronnie Polley selected for their elite Performance programme.