BPG Hot Streak Ends in a Blaze of Glory

2018_09_07_Richmond_BPGU14s_lost_3_50%The top two teams in the MCA South U12 Boys League finished their season with an all out Battle Royale at Teddington CC last night (09/07/2018). Richmond had already won the league but Bushy Park Girls weren’t going to be snuffed out without a few fireworks of their own. As another day of high temperatures ebbed away the heat burned strongly in the batting blades of both teams. It was Richmond who ran out worthy winners, largely due to a brilliant century from their No.5 batsmen.

Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to field. Jess Low (3overs/2wickets/24runs) and Paige Goodwin (2o/1maiden/16r) opened the bowling knowing that Richmond have been the only team to beat them this year. Both had exceptional second overs, Low striking first, dispatching Richmond’s No.1 and No.3 batsmen in the space of 3 balls. Goodwin (P) cast aside her nerves and bowled a beautiful maiden to back up her partner. Simrat Khaira (2o/8r), Eve Abbott (4o/1m/2w/32r) and Molly Bartlett (2o/10r) kept the pressure on. Khaira is one of the emerging players this season, no U15 cricketer has bowled more overs than her. It was wonderful to see Eve Abbott back in bowling action after a difficult season with injury. She started with a fast and straight maiden over. In Abbott’s second over Imogen Higgins displayed her fielding prowess. A lightning throw from the boundary hitting the wicket with a direct hit. By the end of the 9th over Richmond were 69 for 3.

Richmond came out fighting like the league champions they are. Bushy Park Girls fought hard in the remaining overs but there was little they could do to contain Richmond’s Thomas Tabor at No.5. He hit six Sixes and twelves Fours in his innings of 106*. The girls had never come up against a batsmen of his calibre or confidence before yet they kept plugging away. Edie Proud (1o/24r), Imogen Higgins (2o/23r), Emily Bryce (2o/24r) and Erin Goodwin (2o/25r) all threw themselves into the breach, and they can all hold their heads high. Abbott came on for a second spell, momentarily halting the progress of Richmond by bowling two batters in her third over. Yet nothing could halt the Richmond juggernaut and they reached 203 for 5 in 20 overs. As always a special mention to wicketkeeper D’Cunha who kept brilliantly with a cool head under intense pressure.

2018_09_07_Richmond_BPGU14s_lost_50%With such a daunting target to reach Bushy Park Girls would have to attack every ball as they opened their innings. There was no point in bowing out on a whimper, it’s just not the girls’ style. Captain Molly Bartlett opened the batting with Paige Goodwin, and they took the fight to Richmond. Bartlett sweetly carved the first ball to the boundary but the do or die attitude took its toll in the second over. Bartlett was first to go followed by an attacking Goodwin (P). Edie Proud and Jess Low came together and quickly fought back against their opponents. Low’s innings was bristling with aggression and strength. She dispatched two enormous sixes that rocketed into the dying light of the evening sky. Boundaries were coming thick and fast as she put Richmond to the sword. Eventually Low’s innings of 32 runs from 15 balls ended as she picked out the fielder at Square Leg.

Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha and Amy Coppin took up the baton from Proud and Low. Both striking the ball hard and fast to the boundary. D’Cunha hit a sparkling 15 in just two overs at the crease. Simrat Khaira pushed for those extra runs to keep up with the scoring rate but fell valiantly in the 10th over. Bushy Park Girls had to dig in now, and the rearguard action of Imogen Higgins (16) and Erin Goodwin (24) brought some stability. Together they pushed the BPG total beyond the 100 mark, both played well against an accurate and hungry Richmond attack. All the girls were unselfish in their approach, playing for the team and keeping in good cheer as their target stretched out of reach. The handy Emily Bryce came in at the end to flash a quickfire 6* and together with Eve Abbott they reached 126 all out (19.5 overs).

Both Richmond and Bushy Park Girls served up champagne cricket for their supporters. BPG’s total was some distance below their visitors but was still the highest total scored against Richmond in the league this season. Richmond finished top of the league on 70 points, with Bushy Park Girls on 53 points (4 wins, 2 lost, 1 tie).

Congratulations to Richmond and batsmen Thomas Tabor on a fabulous win and the MCA South U12 Division 2 title.

2018_09_07_Richmond_BPGU14s_lost_2_50%Thank you to Ted and Alok for umpiring, for Ian and Alban for scoring. As always thanks to Dawn for managing the girls and to all the parents for supporting. The girls have been a real credit to the club and to the MCA South league, playing the game in a good spirit and with some fantastic cricket for us to savour.


U13s Falter against Richmond

2018_07_03_U13_Richmond_lost_2_33%Another stunning summer’s evening in Bushy Park set the scene for BPG U13s to take on Richmond U13. With many of the BPG team new to hard ball cricket, the aim of the match was to give them all a taste of what it feels like to pad up. Richmond won the toss and elected to bat first, but with a number of our BPG newbies feeling unsure of bowling, a team that was one player short and captain Erin Goodwin (co-captaining with Imogen Higgins) still nursing a back injury, the formidable Richmond team quickly began to rack up the runs. Higgins opened the bowling with Sofia Stapleton-Parslow, followed by Matilda Le Frenais and Ananya Apte, both still new to hard ball cricket. The seasoned Richmond batsmen were unforgiving in their boundaries, with all four of their top batsmen reaching over 30 runs apiece before retiring. Grace Tasker, in her first appearance for BPG this season, and Ruby Oakley could also do little to stem the tide and Richmond looked to be barrelling towards an almighty target.

With only a few overs to go, co-captains Erin and Imogen changed up the bowling order to rotate between themselves and another over for Stapleton-Parslow in the hope that the bails would fly before the 20 overs were up. It wasn’t until the 17th over with the score on 158 runs that Goodwin finally got a breakthrough by clean-bowling Richmond’s fifth batsman. Higgins followed in the next over with a stunning ball caught by teammate Ruby, then Erin followed this in the 19th over by clean-bowling the next batsman. However, some relaxed fielding and a few too many extras meant that BPG were facing an insurmountable target after Richmond ended on 195/3.

Knowing that this would be a game of lessons learnt rather than pushing for victory, all of the girls were keen to pad up and have a go, even though for some this would be a first. Wicket keeper Beth Crabtree and Erin opened, but Erin fell early to a risky run-out, to be replaced by Higgins. Crabtree (8 runs) and Higgins (8 runs) looked to be settling into a steady partnership before Higgins was bowled in the 5th over and Beth was caught in the 6th over. Holly Ramsden stepped up to the wicket and managed to face the pacey bowling, settling into some nice singles and doubles to settle the wicket and remain there for the rest of the match. Ruby shared the wicket with her initially and managed 6 runs before being caught and bowled, then Sofia Stapleton-Parslow (4 runs) was caught just as she was settling in.

It was then the turn of Amy Banner in only her second match for the BPG U13s. Facing the strength and pace of some of Richmond’s finest bowlers, she seemed unfazed and relaxed at the crease and settled into a very neat partnership with Holly, who stood defiant at the other end. Amy was eventually caught on the last ball of the match, but not before she reached 11 runs. Holly ended the match not out on 12 – a fantastic debut!

Although BPG’s 93/5 was far short of a victory as such, there were many positives to be taken from the match and it was lovely to see our newest team players facing some formidable bowling with courage and good old BPG fighting spirit. The heads did not drop and the girls smiled throughout. There was even some dancing in the outfield and occasional shouts of joy (mostly from the spectators as England scored in their World Cup match against Colombia). The match also highlighted some key areas for the girls to work on in training going forward and, although it may not have been the ending we would’ve liked, the silver lining was that everyone was home in time to see England win their penalty shoot-out.

As always, a big thank you to the parents for sacrificing their football viewing to support the girls, to Chris for umpiring and a special shout-out to BPG U15’s Paige Goodwin for scoring.

Fighting BPG in Royal Parks Battle

2018_06_05_vs_Richmond_U12Boys_lost_1_33%The Battle of the Parks pitted the mighty Richmond against the diminutive Bushy last night at the Newman Cricket Ground (05/06/2018). Richmond Boys B team top the U12 Division 2 table but Bushy Park Girls are no pushovers, fighting tooth and nail to secure a vital win in the league. It was Richmond who powered through in the 19th over to secure the win and take the Royal Park title back to their leafy hunting ground.

Richmond won the toss and put Bushy Park Girls U14 side into bat. Emily Bryce (22) and Erin Goodwin (7) opened the batting. Both played well and put on a very respectable 32 runs in the first 5 overs. Bryce in particular caught the eye with some flourishing strokes, hitting four boundaries in her total of 22 (the highest score in the match). Goodwin (E) fell first LBW and Bryce followed soon after in the 7th over. Captain Abigail Avery gave the crowd a brief glimpse of her brilliance as Richmond fought back. The middle ten overs (from 5 to 15) yielded only 28 runs as the bowlers put the squeeze on. Imogen Higgins (5) and Simrat Khaira faced the brunt of this attack but bravely dug in.

Molly Bartlett (15) likes a little pace to score her trademark elegant cuts and glances, and Richmond were bustling in with purpose. Alongside Lizzie Eakins they took the fight to their opponents, with Eakins scoring a hard hitting 10 in just 5 balls. It was a hostile environment to make a debut but Izzy Morton was completely unfazed. Beside her more experienced partners she scored a bright 9 runs and looked very much part of the team. There was just enough time for a Jess Low dive as she hustled for runs at the end with Kerrie-Ann Dcunha. Together they pushed the Bushy Park Girls total to 91 for 8 in 20 overs.

With some variable bounce from the Newman astro turf wicket Bushy Park Girls still had a chance for victory. Paige Goodwin (3 overs/13 runs) opened with a fine over and immediately put the pressure on the very capable Richmond batsmen. Low (2o/17runs/1wicket) followed up with a wicket from her second ball. A spicy delivery that nicked the glove and was expertly taken my wicketkeeper Dcunha, just centimetres above the ground. Eakins (2o/11r/1w) also got a wicket with her second ball, Higgins taking a running catch at Extra Cover. Not to be outdone Bartlett (2o/15r/1w) got in on the second ball act with an excellent LBW. Despite the loss of  wickets Richmond were cruising to the victory at 50 for 3 in just 7 overs.

Bushy Park Girls fought back, the team coming together, determined to make Richmond scrap for the win. Low ran out their dangerous No.4 batsman with a direct hit from Midwicket, the young man temporary losing his composure in disbelief. Next it was the turn of Emily Bryce (2o/4r) and Izzy Morton (2o/4r), bowling in tandem they produced an accurate and economical spell that started to sow the seeds of doubt in the Richmond batter’s minds. Abigail Avery (3o/1maiden/9r/2w) started her bowling with a maiden and finished with 2 wickets, both clean bowled. Unfortunately the match just ebbed away from Bushy Park Girls. Despite some last ditch efforts from Higgins (2o/13r) and Goodwin (E) (1o/2r) Richmond edged past the BPG total at the end of the 19th over. Congratulations to Richmond Boys on a good win, particularly the bowling which is the best we’ve seen in the league.

Thank you to Ian and Ted for umpiring, to Lara and Alban for scoring and for the help from parents (and brothers) in warming up the girls.

Check out the Full BPG Stats HERE.




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!


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.

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. 

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.

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.


Silver Medal at London Youth Games

50%_Jess_LYG_final_2016_cRichmond Borough girls cricket team won a silver medal in the London Youth Games final at Lords on Sunday, their highest ever placing in the competition. The girls who all play their cricket for Bushy Park Girls CC won their quarter-final against Harrow before beating Bexley in the semi-final.

The game against Bexley typified the Bushy Park fighting spirit. After being bowled out for 58 in an explosive but brief 4.4 overs the girls fought back, reducing Bexley to 42 all out. Sports Development Officer for Richmond upon Thames Dan Hughes said “The bowling and fielding against Bexley was up there with one of the best sporting performances I’ve ever seen, at professional level as well!”.

Despite the team of Ella Waldren, Phoebe Head, Sadie Day, Abi Avery, Jess Low, Emma Bridge and Imogen Higgins receiving the pitchside support of Richmond Mayor Cllr Martin Seymour they were unfortunately beaten by 20 runs in the Lords final by Hammersmith & Fulham Borough.  It didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the Mayor though, “Wow! Cricket really can be exciting!  It was an amazing day of accurate bowling, steady batting and some spectacular catches. Getting the silver medal at the end makes this the best girls team in Richmond for a generation. It was a privilege to watch them representing the borough.” The Mayor was so impressed with the girls’ performance that he has invited the team for tea at York House.

Photos of the Bushy Park girls in action can be seen here – LYG Lords 2016 photos