Heatwave Higgins sizzles in Teddington Town humdinger

2017_06_22_vs_Teddington_Town_win_3_33%This was the third meeting this year between Teddington Town CC and Bushy Park Girls CC in the Under 12 MCA West league 3rd Division (22/06/2017). With Teddington Town winning the first match and BPG the second this was to be the match to secure bragging rights for the year ahead. As you’d expect it was an evenly fought contest, that came down to the last over of the match. Bushy Park Girls came away the winners, reaching their target of 114 with 2 balls to spare.

Teddington Town won the toss and chose to bat in the evening sunshine of Bushy Park. It was a welcome return for Jessamy Low (2-0-5-0) who has been injured since the impressive wins vs Spencer CC (11/06/2017). She resumed her little and large partnership with the ‘Pocket Rocket’ Erin Goodwin (2-0-5-1) and once again they set the tone, with only 10 runs conceded in the first 4 overs. Goodwin (E) made the first bowling breakthrough when Emma Sloan pulled off an impressive catch. Imogen Higgins (2-0-9-0) and Simrat Khaira (2-0-15-1) were first change bowlers with Khaira proving that her straight line will always pay dividends. She now has now chalked up an impressive 7 wickets in 2017.

All the girls struggled with the prodigious swing from the warm breeze that cut across the wicket but Paige Goodwin (2-0-22-0) and Eve Abbott (2-1-1-2) battled through. Abbott’s two overs yielded just one run and two wickets, and she is revelling in her strike bowler role. Her first wicket was the result of a fine catch behind the stumps by wicketkeeper Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha. Emma Sloan (3-0-13-0) and Abigail Avery (2-0-12-0) came into the attack when the Teddington Town batsmen were taking risks and moving their total forward with purpose. Lizzie Eakins (2-0-17-2) took her first wickets of the season with a fine first over, bowling the TTCC’s opening batsman and an LBW four balls later. A special mention to Isabel Jenner (1-0-9-0) who bowled in her first Boy’s League match after the match against Hampton Hill CC was rained off. Although the girls worked hard in the field the Teddington Town CC batsmen and team were confident and composed. Teddington Town scored 113 for 5 in their 20 overs, a total that BPG had never chased down before in the Boys League.

2017_06_22_vs_Teddington_Town_win_33%Bushy Park Girls stacked the odds against themselves with two quick wickets in the opening overs of their reply . The Goodwin girls having one of those sisterly moments that we are all prone to with our siblings (Paige 5 runs). They paved the way for Imogen Higgins (43) and Abigail Avery (13) to take to the stage, with an excellent understanding of matchplay they kept up with the run rate until Avery played-on in the 8th over. Jessamy Low (6) accompanied Higgins until the 11th over, with Isabel Jenner also falling within 2 balls. Eve Abbott (6) played another excellent supporting role to the ever present Higgins, but another double wicket whammy saw both Abbott and Higgins back in the pavilion. It was a superb innings by Higgins who achieved her highest score ever in all forms of the game (43), she hasn’t wilted in the current heatwave, in fact she burns even brighter.

The score was perched tantalisingly on 103 for 7 after 18 overs and with 11 runs needed from 12 balls the tension in the crowd along the boundary was palpable. Emma Sloan hit her own wicket while reaching for a wide delivery and Simrat Khaira valiantly sacrificed her wicket with a brave charge than resulted in another run out from Teddington Town’s fine wicketkeeper. With the last wicket pair Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha and Lizzie Eakins at the crease this was a do or die moment. With four runs needed and just three balls to reach the target D’Cunha leaned back and hit a lofted drive straight over mid-on’s head and the ball raced to the boundary.

2017_06_22_vs_Teddington_Town_win_4This was a mature performance from a group of girls who are gaining in confidence all the time. We shouldn’t forget that BPG didn’t even win one game last year against Boys League teams. This year Bushy Park Girls have 4 victories to their name. Congratulations to Imogen Higgins who has now scored more than 200+ runs in 2017 and Captain Fantastic Abi Avery who has score more than 300+, a great achievement from both of them. Most of all well done to the whole team (and squad) who are proving to be a formidable cricketing force.

Thank you to Mark and Jools for umpiring, Alban and Simon for scoring. Thanks for a wonderful game Teddington Town CC and good luck in your remaining matches this season.

Head masters Teddington Town CC in MCA West league win

2017_05_25_vs_Teddington_Town_win_2_33%Last night (25/05/2017) Bushy Park Girls CC won a second match against boy’s league opposition in this their debut season in the MCA West league. Played in the glorious evening sunshine at Teddington Town CC it was a far cry from the chilly conditions braved earlier in May. On that occasion Teddington Town defended a strong total and Bushy Park Girls were 20 runs short in their reply. Yesterday Bushy Park Girls turned the tables on their neighbours to record a fine win and propel them up the Division 3 standings.

Bushy Park Girls captain Abigail Avery won the toss and chose to field. With the little and large show on the road, Erin Goodwin and Jessamy Low opened the bowling. It was Low who struck first, enticing a caught and bowled from the Teddington Town No.1 batsmen. Goodwin’s line improved throughout her spell and it wasn’t long before she clean bowled the TTCC No.3 (Low: 3 overs, 1 maiden, 6 runs, 1 wicket) (Goodwin E: 3 overs, 1 maiden, 7 runs, 1 wicket). Imogen Higgins is proving to be an all-rounder of some class and she bagged a wicket in the 9th over (2 overs, 4 runs, 1 wicket). With Paige Goodwin bowling two very tight overs it left Teddington Town CC on 29 runs after 10 overs.

2017_05_25_vs_Teddington_Town_win_4_33%Teddington Town pushed on in the second half of their innings, tripling their score in the process. Nerves didn’t affect Evie Mayhew in her debut match, bowling a good opening over. Phoebe Head’s unpredictable spell kept the batsmen on their toes and ultimately produced a wicket (2 overs, 9 runs, 1 wicket). Iris Saunders (1 over, 8 runs, 1 wicket) dismissed Teddington Town’s most destructive batsmen, teasing him into a slog that was caught by Head. The innings was concluded by Abigail Avery (3 overs, 1 maiden, 10 runs) and the bandaged Ruby Wilkinson who bravely overcame her wrist injuries.

Molly Bartlett was on good form behind the stumps but as Bushy Park Girls tired in the evening sun it was increasingly difficult for her to stem the flow of extras. Teddington Town CC finished on 89 for 5 in their 20 overs.

 

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Evening drinks on the boundary

Kerrie-Ann Dcunha opened the batting for Bushy Park Girls but she got a peach of a delivery first ball. Imogen Higgins, her fellow opener, then went on to build a 47 run partnership with Phoebe Head who came in at No.3. When Higgins fell for 24 runs in the 10th over BPG had reached the 47 mark, on course to reach their target. With the powerful Abigail Avery joining Head at the crease the run rate increased. In tandem, Head and Avery (24 runs) were a glorious sight as the shadows lengthened across the park. Bushy Park Girls CC reached their target of 90 in the 15th over with Phoebe Head carrying her bat throughout the innings, finishing on a personal best of 36 Not Out.

 

Congratulations to Imogen Higgins and Erin Goodwin who have both taken 10+ wickets for Bushy Park Girls in 2017. I’m sure there will be more to come. BPG Stats are HERE

 

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BPG team talk from manager Mark Avery

Thank you to our hosts Teddington Town CC on a beautiful evening at your club. Thanks to Mark and Jools for umpiring, and to Naveen and Alban for scoring. Congratulations to all the girls involved.

 

Avery scales new heights against Teddington Town CC

2017_05_04_TeddTownCC_vs_BPG_U12BL_25%It was a night of new records as Bushy Park Girls played their first official Boy’s League match in Division 3 of the Under 12 Middlesex Colts Association West League last night (04/05/2017). On a cold and gloomy evening BPGCC played Teddington Town CC, just a few yards away from their usual training centre in Bushy Park. It was a evenly balanced game that Teddington Town won with purposeful batting and hustling between the wickets.

Made up of girls mostly from the Under 13 squad (apart from Erin Goodwin U11) Bushy Park Girls took to the field first after winning the toss. It was Goodwin (E) and Jessamy Low who had the new ball in their hands for the opening skirmishes. Low was immediately in the wickets and subsequently took a wicket in each of her three overs (3 overs, 20 runs, 3 wickets). Goodwin (E) initially worked as Low’s enforcer, drying up the runs at the opposite end until she too knocked off the bails twice in her final over (3 overs, 2 maidens, 1 run, 2 wickets). With a wicket maiden and a maiden in her spell the ‘Pocket Rocket’ scudded in with pinpoint accuracy.

This was a regular theme throughout the Teddington Town innings, with some fine bowling from BPG. Eve Abbot was second-change bowler and her first over yielded just 2 runs. Lizzie Eakins is a fine prospect, she built upon her performance vs Wembley last weekend with another tight spell. Imogen Higgins (3 overs, 7 runs, 2 wickets) and Paige Goodwin (2 overs, 17 runs, 1 wicket) both waded in with impressive caught and bowled wickets, with Higgins also skittling out the TTCC opener.

Both Iris Saunders and Ruby Wilkinson have grown up playing cricket for Teddington Town, and here they were playing against many of their training partners for the first time. Although Wilkinson injured herself it didn’t curtail her tenacious fielding and enthusiasm. Saunders was on sparkling form, she snaffled a caught and bowled from her first ball and finished with figures of 2 overs, 1 run, 1 wicket, that included a wicket maiden.

It must be noted that this was also the first match for new wicketkeeper Molly Bartlett, who moved effortlessly behind the stumps. With the light fading fast she was nimble and attentive as the BPG bowled hurtled in. Teddington Town finished on 96 for 9 in their 20 overs.

It was a slow and deliberate start to the Bushy Park Girls innings with Kerrie-Ann Dcunha and Paige Goodwin building a solid platform for the girls who followed. With both falling in the 5th over it was left to Abigail Avery (captain) and Molly Bartlett to push on. The Teddington Town bowlers didn’t give BPG much to swipe at, with many balls flying through to the TTCC keeper (who played well). With Bartlett eventually falling and Wilkinson retiring it was left to Jessamy Low to accompany Avery in the crepuscular light. Although fighting valiantly in the gloom they finished 20 runs short on 76 for 3. A special mention must go to Avery for this was a special innings in difficult conditions, she scored 42 not out, her highest score ever for Bushy Park Girls.

Congratulations to Teddington Town on a good win. Thank you to umpires Mark and Justin, also our scorer Alban (and Charlotte who supplied them all with hot drinks).

Check out the BPG stats HERE.