Your Vote Counts for NPL Teddington

We are very lucky here at Bushy Park Girls to have 5 local clubs who are supporting our girls cricket revolution. Two of our closest allies are NPL Teddington CC, who host our Under 11 training & matches, and Teddington CC who look after our Under 13s and 15s.

Both theses clubs are currently either trying to improve, or rebuild, their clubhouses. So if you can find a few minutes to cast a vote in NPL Teddington’s direction or visit the Teddington CC Pavilion appeal page then we would very much appreciate it here at Bushy Park Girls CC.


Vote for NPL Teddington CC
NPL Sports Club is a multi-sports club based in the heart of Teddington, and as part of its core objectives is seeking to provide a “valuable community, social and sporting facility”.
Their immediate priority is a project is to upgrade the Pavilion infrastructure and enable its wider use by the local community as a hub for not only sporting activities, but for groups to use the facilities for fitness activities beyond the Club’s core sports; as a centre for local business people to use as a base; companies for training purposes; and for social groups including Mothers and Children, OAPs and other interest groups.

You have until 18th November 2016 to register as many votes as possible (up to 10) and give NPL Teddington the chance of securing £25,000 worth of funding.

Follow this LINK to the AVIVA community fund.

Support the Teddington CC Appeal
As many of you will be aware, TCC has spent the last year looking into the viability of building a new pavilion to replace our much loved, but now distinctly rickety, edifice. A huge amount of preparation work has been undertaken by the Pavilion Committee, in conjunction with Jim Reed, our architect. This group has also been working very closely with the Royal Parks and, with their support, will shortly be submitting a planning application for a new pavilion and a new car park (to the side of the 3rd team pitch) with our own entrance through the Clapperstile car park. A computerised animation of the new pavilion can be found HERE.



The Mavericks and the Allstars

This year we have welcomed more girls than ever before into the Bushy Park Girls family and we are always on the look out for matches for them to play in. We have entered the competitive boys league, played our traditional foes in the girls league and organised friendlies against everyone else. The weather has washed out a few games and the dwindling numbers at other clubs has meant for the first time we’ve had to organise internal matches between the BPG girls.

The Maverick versus the Allstars series was born in the spring of 2016 and is now a firm favourite on the girls’ sporting calendar. Whether an Under 15 or a newcomer to cricket we tailor every game so that batswomen and bowlers face the appropriate opponent/challenge. It is an opportunity to express yourself, to develop what you have learnt in training and to experience those precious moments out in the ‘middle’. Each player bats in a pair (for 4 overs) and has a minimum of 2 overs to bowl.

The 2 previous Mavericks vs Allstars contest has yielded a win for each side and yesterday (07/07/2016) was another chance for them to go head-to-head. The final result and individual scores aren’t of the greatest importance but we’ve listed some of the stats below.

Ella Waldren – Bat:5 runs (out x2), Bowl: 21 runs (2 overs)
Abigail Avery – Bat:5 runs (not out), Bowl: 7 runs (2 overs)
Cerys Tudor Owen – Bat:7 runs (out x1), Bowl: 13 runs/1 wicket (2 overs)
Ruby Wilkinson – Bat: O runs (out x1), Bowl: 7 runs/1 wicket (2 overs)
Emily Bryce – Bat:8 runs (out x2), Bowl: 8 runs/ 2 wickets (2 overs)
Evie Davies – Bat:2 runs (out x1), Bowl: 9 runs/1 wicket (2 overs)
Edie Proud – Bat:4 runs (not out), Bowl: 8 runs/1 wicket (2 overs)
Emma Bridge – Bat:5 runs (not out), Bowl: 10 runs/1 wicket (2 overs)
Bronnie Polley – Bat:4 runs (out x1), Bowl: did not bowl
Amelie Munday – Bat:28 runs (not out), Bowl: 17 runs (2 overs)
Jessamy Low – Bat:11 runs (out x1), Bowl: 5 runs/1 wicket (2 overs)
Emma Sloan – Bat:6 runs (not out), Bowl: 5 runs/1 wicket (2 overs)
Erin Goodwin – Bat: 11 runs (out x2), Bowl: 10 runs/1 wicket (3 overs)
Imogen Higgins – Bat:1 run (out x1), Bowl: 5 runs/1 wicket (3 overs)
Issy Ryan – Bat:7 runs (out x1), Bowl:9 runs/1 wicket (2 overs)
Chiara Mildon – Bat:7 runs (out x2), Bowl:8 runs (2 overs)

Match result: Mavericks 68/7 and Allstars 87/8

The statistics only tell us a fraction of the story, this was a beautiful evening at Teddington CC with some great bowling, batting and fielding by the girls. A special mention must go to Chiara Mildon on her first game for Bushy Park Girls and to Ruby Wilkinson who was the only girl to bowl a Maiden over.

Thank you to Maverick Mark for scoring and Allstar Alban for umpiring alongside Awesome Andrea and Seraphic Suzy. Not forgetting Deft Dave who so brilliantly kept wicket for both innings.



The Big Match

As the nation gathered around their television sets for England’s Euro 16 knockout football match versus Iceland there was even bigger contest being played in Bushy Park last night. Traditionally Ealing CC slug it out with Bushy Park Girls CC to see who will lift the crown of U13 MCA West League champions. It is an eagerly anticipated fixture on the cricketing calendar and although it is played in the best of spirits, the girls focus on this match more than any other.

Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to bat. Amelie Munday and Ella Waldren (captain) immediately got into stride and accumulated 42 runs for the first wicket. Both players fell in quick succession in the 6th and 7th overs with Waldren scoring 13 runs and Munday 12. Abigail Avery was the backbone of the BPG innings, with decisive strokes (inc. 5 fours) she powered the host’s total over 100 before retiring on 31. Paige Goodwin played a cameo at the end, pushing Bushy Park Girls’ final total to a very creditable 129 for 6 from their 20 overs.

Ealing’s batting was restricted by the BPG opening bowlers Ella Waldren and Jessamy Low with a mere 10 runs conceded after the first 7 overs . Waldren struck in her first over and credit must go to her for a fine and fiery spell (1 wicket/0 runs/3 overs). Bushy Park Girls turned the screw in the middle part of the Ealing innings too with Ruby Wilkinson, Goodwin (P), Emma Sloan (1 run/2 overs), Molly Bartlett (2 runs/1 over) and the ‘Pocket Rocket’ Erin Goodwin (2 wickets/3 runs/3 overs) keeping the visitors under the cosh. It was an impressive all round performance with Wicket Maidens from Waldren and Goodwin (E), and Maidens from Sloan and Low. The deadly triumvirate of Avery (1 wicket/4 runs/1 over), Phoebe Head (1 wicket/3 runs/1 over) and Sadie Day (1 wicket/1 run/1 over) swooped in at the end to snuff out the Ealing innings for 48 runs in 18.5 overs.

Congratulations to the whole Bushy Park Girls team for a brilliant and decisive win. It has been hard campaign for the U13 girls this year but spirits have never waned and it was a joy to see them on and off the field last night. Thank you to Mark and James for umpiring and Alban for scoring.



Like Brother and Sister

With the demise of British Airways CC from the U13 boys league this season we were left without an opponent and a pitch for last night’s away game (02/04/2016). Luckily as in all good families you can rely on your siblings to help you in your hour of need. Here at Bushy Park Girls we have a close relationship with all our associate clubs (inc. Hampton Wick Royal, Hampton Hill, Teddington Town) and it was our U13 host club Teddington CC that provided us with the pitch and the U11 NPL Cricket Club team who kindly occupied the opposition changing room.

2016_06_02_BPG_vs_NPLU11With half term taking its toll on the numbers of players the match resulted in an 8-a-side pairs game of 20 overs apiece. NPL Captain Milan Gurjral won the toss and chose to bat on this breezy and inclement evening, and it took opening bowlers Jess Low and Emma Bridge a little time to warm up. Once both had found their rhythm it was Low who struck with a brace of wickets. Bushy Park Girls found life easier thereafter with Captain Millie MacEacharn and Vice-captain Pubudika Punchihewa bowling well, with a rattle of the stumps for Punchihewa.

We often express our pride at the team ethic and spirit at BPG (and NPL CC too) and this night was no exception, both Captain and Vice-captain marshalled their troops well and gave their younger charges the opportunity to shine. Edie Proud and Priya Chana bowled 2 good overs each before a double strike by Hannah Mitchell stopped the momentum of the plundering NPLCC boys. Paige Goodwin (2 wickets) is proving to be one of the ‘finds’ of the season, with her hard work over the winter she has developed into one of those cricketers you can throw the ball (or bat) to in any situation. Thank you to Punchihewa and Low for stepping in to keep wicket at short notice.

In response NPLCC boys bowled accurately and with purpose, and despite a fine opening partnership from MacEacharn and Punchihewa the other pairs found it hard work to shift the ball off the square. In fact all the girls lost their wicket at least once except Proud who was resolute in the middle order.

The cricket match was all merely a side show of course. Not only was this a fight between cricketing siblings but also a head-to-head between brother and sister Amar and Priya Chana. The intensity of the battle brought out the best in both sides (and siblings) and it was ultimately Amar’s team who took the laurels, winning by 30 runs. Congratulations to the U11 NPLCC boys and thank you to our umpires Min and David, and scorers Natalie and Jacqs.





Middlesex Women win thriller at Teddington CC

Middlesex_Women_team_Bushy_Park_Girls_29_05_2016Middlesex 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.
Middlesex_Women_team_Bushy_Park_Girls_29_05_2016_aWith 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.
Middlesex_Women_team_Bushy_Park_Girls_29_05_2016_bThe 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.

County Cup Clash in Bushy Park

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.