U16 Bushy Park Tournament heats up

It has been a frustrating year for the Under 15 girls with a swathe of fixtures conceded by opponents. Luckily many of the girls have been able to play in the MCA Boys league but yesterday they had an opportunity to play some of the finest female cricketers in Middlesex. With only 3 teams contesting this year’s Bushy Park July Tournament, it was a winner-takes-all shootout between Ealing, North Middlesex and Bushy Park Girls.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_4_50%Ealing vs Bushy Park Girls
The eight strong BPG batted first with openers Ella Waldron and Pubudika Punchihewa making a welcome return to the fold. Waldron has taken time out of cricket to pursue her football career while Punchihewa had been following more studious pursuits. Ealing struck with the first ball and from then on BPG were on the back foot. All the girls made a contribution but it was hard going against a well drilled Ealing attack. Jess Low managed a boundary before her departure and Simrat Khaira dug in, accumulating the second highest score of the innings. BPG salvation came in the form of Erin Goodwin, her innings of 23 was the highest of the whole match and she showed her class with a series of fours from powerful strokes. What would BPG do without Goodwin? She is one BPG ‘s most loyal and hardworking cricketers.  Bushy Park Girls finished on 62 for 8 in 13.5 overs.

On paper this should have been an easy task for Ealing against a depleted Bushy Park Girls but Waldron had other things on her mind. Her first over included a wicket and just one run. Her second was a wicket maiden and Ealing were rocking on 6 for 2 after 3 overs. Khaira struck in the her first (and only) over and with a run out by a Punchihewa/Khaira combo Ealing were in more trouble at 12 for 4 in the 5th over. Ealing rebuilt and slowly they worked their way up towards the BPG total. Jess Low kept wicket and was a little more Bruce Grobbelaar than Bruce French, idiosyncratic and entertaining in her approach. Unfortunately the total was always within Ealing’s reach and they scooted past in the 12th over.

Ealing vs North Middlesex
In the midday heat the best girls teams in North and West London slugged it out. Ealing scored a big total and North Middlesex could never quite live with the ever increasing required run rate. Fair play to North Middx they went for it and you can’t dispute their courage. They were helped out by Sophia Stapleton-Parslow, Emily Bryce and Jess low because they too were short of players.

Ealing won and lifted the trophy. U16 Champions! Congratulations to a fine side, with some very capable and accomplished cricketers.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_2_50%North Middlesex vs Bushy Park Girls
The last match of the tournament was a pleasant and cheerful affair, a great advert for the game of cricket. Despite the relentless heat, the mercury pushing beyond 30 degrees at the crease, no tempers threatened to boil over. North Middlesex batted first with two of their players comfortably running their scores into the twenties. Pubudika Punchihewa found some of her old magic with a double wicket maiden in her first over. The first wicket was clean bowled and the second a catch for wicketkeeper Emily Bryce. Laura Kimber got her first wicket for Bushy Park Girls, bowling the dangerous North Middlesex opener. Not to be outdone Izzy Morton also bagged her debut wicket and bowled a maiden over too. North Middlesex scored 75 for 4 in 15 overs.

Bushy Park Girls batted with desire and purpose in reply. They wanted to end their year with a bang. Sophia Stapleton-Parslow showed what a difference a season of batting in the middle can make. Here is a girl who showed real confidence, hitting some beautiful straight shots and racking up a rapid 12. Emily Bryce’s innings of 10 carried her beyond the century mark for BPG this season. Her good performances have bookended the season for the Under 15s.

It was another day of ‘long handle’ cricket for Jess Low. Her innings of 26* carried her into new territory. Known in her younger days as a bowler she is now the highest run scorer for BPG in 2018 with 225 runs, topping the U15 averages with 37.5. The win was in safe hands as Punchihewa and Khaira built a steady partnership, they finished the innings with the careful accumulation of 11 singles. Bushy Park Girls reached 77 for 2 in the 12th over.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_3_33%Congratulations to Ealing CC on winning the tournament and to North Middlesex CC for upholding the spirit of cricket. Thank you to the two Ealing girls (Caroline and Keisha) who stayed behind to help with the final game. Thanks to all the umpires, scorers, scoreboard monitors and helpers throughout the day. And finally to NPL CC for hosting another successful tournament.

Check out the full BPG stats HERE.




Middlesex U13 Semi-final win for BPG

After topping their girls’ league in 2017 Bushy Park Girls Under 13s travelled to Finals Day as West Middlesex Champions last Sunday (03/09/2017). Traditionally the top two teams from the North and West play each other in a knock-out semi-final, that then leads to a ‘winner takes all’ final later in the afternoon. So it was West Champions Bushy Park Girls CC that faced North Middlesex CC in the first semi-final of the day.

2017_09_03_U13_vs_North_Middx_2aA dewy Autumnal morning greeted both sets of players and with the outfield and wicket wet it was a cautious start by fielders and batswomen alike. North Middlesex won the toss and put BPG in to bat. It was hard for the North Mid bowlers with the slippery ball but also for the batters too, with many a fine shot pulling up short of the boundary. Openers Molly Bartlett (7) and Paige Goodwin (4) both toiled tirelessly in the conditions and eager to push the run rate along were run-out in the 6th (Bartlett) and 9th overs (Goodwin).

Emily Bryce played a valuable cameo at No.3, scoring a rapid 5 but it was the mid-order partnership between Evie Mayhew and Eve Abbott that made the difference. Both have another year in the Under 13 age group and show why Bushy Park Girls have much to look forward to in 2018. Both were a joy to watch but it was Mayhew’s knock of 19 which signals her out as an exciting and emerging player, what a great time to reach your highest score of the year. Abbott was equally elegant, her languid style caressing the balls across the wet outfield in ones and twos. The final over proved eventful for them both with Mayhew being bowled first, and then Abbott lashing a ball to the boundary before falling for 12 runs on the final ball of the innings. Bushy Park Girls scored 90 runs in their 20 overs, a total that could well be chased down if they didn’t bowl well.

The opening quartet of Bushy Park Girls bowlers took an early stranglehold on the game with Eve Abbott, Jessamy Low (captain), Paige Goodwin and Simrat Khaira keeping a lid on the North Middleex reply. Abbott’s first over was a wicket maiden and she finished with figures of 3-1-6-1, displaying everything you desire from an opening bowler. Goodwin (2-1-7-0) also started with a maiden as did Khaira, and with 7 overs gone the quartet had conceded just 11 runs. Khaira (3-1-7-2) bagged a brace of wickets in her final over, bringing her total up to 9 wickets for the season. Both her wickets were bowled and it’s her accuracy that brings her so many triumphs.

Emma Bridge (2-0-12-0), Molly Bartlett (1-0-10-0) and Evie Mayhew (2-0-10-0) shored up the middle overs despite some strong attacking shots from North Middlesex and their excellent No.3 batswoman. Emily Bryce (2-0-6-1) took a smart caught & bowled with her tricky left-hand bowling and Edie Proud (1-0-7-1) bowled her opponent from her final ball. Evie Davies was on superb form, producing a maiden over at just the time when North London were looking like they would reach BPG’s total. It was Bryce, Proud and Davies who stifled the scoring and left Low (3-0-9-1) to bowl the last over, taking a wicket and securing a place in the final for Bushy Park Girls. North London CC finished on 77 for 7 in their 20 overs.

2017_09_03_U13_vs_North_MiddxA special mention to Molly Bartlett for an excellent run-out and Kerrie-ann D’cunha who kept wicket with real dexterity and skill. She was one of the best keepers on display throughout the day, giving away the fewest byes in the games we played in. The umpires were lenient with the wides (especially down leg side) and she had to be on her toes. With 240 balls bowled at her (over semi-final and final) it is quite some achievement to concede only 3 byes in that time.

Thank you to North Middlesex for an enjoyable game, and good luck in 2018. Also to the independent umpires Lizzie and Nisanka. Finally to the scorers Gemma and Alban.

The report of the final follows shortly

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

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.