Boys League Ends on a High for BPG

Bushy Park Girls played the final match in their Boys League campaign last night (03/07/2017) against Ashford CC. With the glorious evening sunshine slanting across the Teddington CC pitch the girls finished with a fine win in the Division 3 MCA West U12 league championship. With 5 wins, 2 losses, and 2 abandonments during this summer it was a hard fought and fruitful experience for Bushy Park Girls, a far cry from last year when they lost every Boys League game they played.

2017_07_03_vs_Ashford_win_1a_33%Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to bat, it was time to make hay for the opening pair of Paige Goodwin (21) and Abigail Avery (11). Both looked self assured, hitting the boundary rope regularly and working well together. Avery was the first to depart playing-on in the 5th over with the score at 26. Imogen Higgins was as tenacious as a terrier with a bone at Number 3, never letting go, desperate to push every run. Together Goodwin (P) and Higgins put on a 53 run partnership before Goodwin was run out for 21 in the 13th over.

Ella Waldron was in a dominant mood this evening and it was a delight to see her flex her muscles in an innings of 37 (Not Out). Her first 6 scoring shots were all fours, flying to all corners of the ground. This innings sees Waldron score more than 100 runs for BPGCC in 2017, she is the first Under 15 to reach this milestone. Higgins fell to an Ashford thunderbolt in the 18th over, scoring 26 and proving what an essential member of this side she is. With two overs left Jess Low strode on for an eventful cameo which saw her face 4 balls, complete 2 dives to avoid being run out, score 7 runs, and depart. Kate Middleton’s innings was nearly as eventful with 4 byes and 1 leg bye coming from the 2 balls she faced. Bushy Park Girls finished their innings on 143 for 4 after their 20 allotted overs. This was their highest score in the Boys League this season.

2017_07_03_vs_Ashford_win_3_33%Ashford were cautious but purposeful in their batting response with  ‘little and large’ opening the bowling once again for Bushy Park Girls. Erin Goodwin (3-0-13-0) started nervously but finished her 3 over spell with her usual aplomb while Jess Low (2-0-5-1) squeezed the life out of the Ashford openers like a boa constrictor. Low’s restrictive qualities paid dividends in the fourth over as Imogen Higgins caught a lofted drive at Mid-Off. Isabel Jenner (3-0-10-0) bowled well and was unlucky not to take a wicket as Higgins popped up again at Mid-Off, unfortunately it was a no-ball for Jenner. Imogen Higgins (3-1-8-1) wasn’t out of the game for long and bagged a wicket herself with a smart 3 over spell, bowling straight and true.

The strength and depth of Bushy Park Girls was obvious in the next three bowlers, Iris Saunders (4-0-30-0) bowled an extended 4 over spell, and was ably backed up by Kate Middleton (3-0-18-0) and Emma Nunn (2-0-9-0). Nunn was particularly energetic in the field and caught the eye, as did the wicket-keeping of Emily Bryce once again. Coming straight from her school sports day, Bryce took an over to settle into the role, but thereafter was nimble and fearless. A real find for this season. Ashford were diligent in their batting but couldn’t break the shackles imposed upon them by Bushy Park Girls. They reached 95 for 2 by the end of the match.

A dominant win from Bushy Park Girls and a great way to bow out of the 2017 Boys League season. All the girls who have played in these matches should be very proud of themselves. The Division 3 table as far as we know it look like this (below) with one match still left to play between Hampton Hill and Teddington Town.

Hampton Hill – P 8, W 5, L 1, A 2, Total = 54
Bushy Park Girls – P 9, W 5, L 2, A 2, Total = 54
Teddington Town – P 8, W 2, L 4, A 2, Total = 24
Ashford – P 9, W 1, L 6, A 2, Total = 14
(P Played, W Won, L Lost, A Abandoned)

Thank you to Mark and Andy for umpiring, and to Alban and Sham for scoring. We look forward to meeting Ashford CC again next year, thank you for making it such an enjoyable game.

Hampton Hill front runners in Division 3 title race

With just two games left of the Boys League season for Bushy Park Girls CC every match increases with anticipation and importance. Hampton Hill and BPG rest near the top of the MCA West U12 Division 3 table and the match last Thursday (29/06/2017) was a contest that both were desperate to win. As dusk descended on Bushy Park it was Hampton Hill who won the match due to a superb display of bowling and fielding that squeezed the life out of a plucky BPG side.

2017_06_29_vs_Hampton_Hill_loss_2a_33%Hampton Hill won the toss and chose to field, and by Jove they executed their game plan with purpose and precision. Bowlers kept to a tight line, swinging the ball and leaving the BPG batswomen with many a ‘play and miss’. There were still some gallant and hard fought performances from the Bushy Park Girls. Emma Sloan and Paige Goodwin opened the batting and look largely untroubled, accumulating 19 runs in 7 overs before Sloan was bowled for 14, a season’s high score. Goodwin followed in the 9th over with a dogged 5, all scored in singles. The powerhouse of the BPG innings was Abigail Avery (23*) who alongside Captain Ella Waldron (11) pushed the score to 42 in the 12th over before Waldron fell to a smart caught and bowled.

Jess Low smacked a quick-fire 8 and after she was out taking one too many risks the Hampton Hill bowlers crashed into the BPG middle order with Molly Bartlett and Evie Davies succumbing to some fine direct bowling. Both Georgia Dobson (4) and Isabel Jenner (2) sacrificed their wickets to run outs trying to reach a challenging team total. Leaving Eve Abbott (1*) and the ever reliable Abigail Avery to edge the final score to 81 for 8 in their 20 overs. You have to applaud Hampton Hill for their performance in the field, it was the finest bowling display that Bushy Park Girls has seen all season.

2017_06_29_vs_Hampton_Hill_loss_3a_50%Like their opponents Bushy Park Girls bowled well in reply but the swinging ball was proving difficult to control. It was a challenging time for wicketkeeper Molly Bartlett who adapted well as the HHCC innings progressed. Early skirmishes and chances didn’t go BPG’s way yet they gallantly plugged away. Jess Low (3-0-6-0) was as miserly as ever, and Ella Waldron was full of fire (3-0-16-1) taking the first Hampton Hill wicket in the 6th over of the match at the end of an aggressive spell. Abigail Avery (2-0-14-0) and Erin Goodwin (2-0-6-1) were first change bowlers with the Pocket Rocket once again bagging a wicket, her 17th of the season.

As Hampton Hill reached their 50 in the 11th over they seemed to be cruising but Bushy Park Girls fought back with wickets from their next four bowlers, showing the strength and depth in the side. This all-round increase in skill and competitiveness is largely due to the tireless work that Head Coach Dave Waldron (and Nick Attenborough) put in to training on Monday nights. Eve Abbott (2-0-16-1) was the first bowler to strike from this quartet, followed by a good catch from Erin Goodwin off the bowling of Evie Davies (1-0-9-1). It wasn’t long before Goodwin (E) was at it again, taking a catch from a Emma Sloan (2-0-8-1) delivery and finally Isabel Jenner (1-0-1-1) came to the party with a scudding over that bamboozled the Hampton Hill batsman and gained her a handy LBW. Unfortunately it was all in vain as Hampton Hill reached their target of 82 at the end of the 16th over.

Congratulations to Hampton Hill and good luck in your remaining fixture against Teddington Town next Friday. Thank you to Dave and Mark for umpiring, and Rob, Gavin, Sam, Ellie and Alban for scoring. Well done to all the girls, whatever happens in your last fixture against Ashford on Monday you have already exceeded all expectations in the Boys League.

Full BPG Stats HERE

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.

Rain washes away Bushy Park Girls’ good start

The ICC Champions Trophy clash between Australia vs Bangladesh wasn’t the only big match to fall foul of the weather yesterday (05/06/2017) evening. The U12 Division 3 MCA West league match between Hampton Hill and Bushy Park Girls was also brought to a premature close after the rain swept in.

2017_06_05_vs_Hampton_Hill_rain_1_33%Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to bat. Eve Abbott and Phoebe Head opened the innings for BPG and both survived the early onslaught from the impressive Hampton Hill firebrands. The girls knew that Hampton Hill often make early inroads with their accurate line and length. By the time Abbott left the stage Bushy Park Girls had established a solid base, scoring 29 for 2. With Abigail Avery and captain Ella Waldron pushing the run rate up BPG were nicely poised on 46 runs after 12 overs. Unfortunately the bad weather arrived and the match was abandoned.

2017_06_05_vs_Hampton_Hill_rain_3_33%A special mention is due to Abigail Avery who scored an untroubled 21 Not Out last night, she has now passed 200 runs in 2017. Her current total is 216 and there is still every possibility that she will break the 300 in due course. Full BPG Stats HERE

Thank you to Hampton Hill CC for their impeccable hospitality, Dave and Alban for umpiring, and Ernest and Gavin for scoring. Thank you to everyone who turned up, in defiance of the weather/forecast, especially the girls who didn’t get a chance to bat – Paige Goodwin, Jess Low, Imogen Higgins, Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha, Alice Harvey, Isabel Jenner and Emma Nunn.

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.

 

Historic Win for BPG in MCA West Boys League

2017_05_08_vs_Hampton_Hill_BL_1_33%Yesterday (08/05/2017) heralded a new and exciting era for Bushy Park Girls CC. Last season they played in the MCA West Boys League in a friendly basis, but in 2017 they proudly took their place as an official team in Division 3 of the U12 League. Last night they played one of their brother clubs, Hampton Hill CC, who have been so generous in supporting BPG and its development since 2012. It was a thrilling encounter with Bushy Park Girls securing victory on the penultimate ball of their innings and making BPG history by winning in the boys league for the first time.

2017_05_08_vs_Hampton_Hill_BL_5_33%Bushy Park Girls captain Ella Waldron won the toss and put Hampton Hill CC into bat. Opening bowler Jess Low started with a maiden and set the tone for a tight match with excellent bowling from both sides. Paige Goodwin attacked immediately, inducing the HHCC opener to loft a catch to Imogen Higgins. Goodwin (P) wasn’t finished there and bowled Hampton Hill’s No.2 bat, finishing with figures of 2 overs, 3 runs, 2 wickets. Her sister Erin Goodwin also started with a maiden and was amongst the wickets in her second over, dispatching the opposition’s most dangerous batsman (3 overs, 1 maiden, 4 runs, 1 wicket). Ella Waldron produced a fiery spell that was hard to contain, once she tweaked her radar she got a well deserved wicket on her final ball.

2017_05_08_vs_Hampton_Hill_BL_2_33%The strength and depth of the BPG bowling attack was commented upon by many of the spectators who lined the boundary. As one good bowler left the attack another took their place. Both Eve Abbott (2 overs, 6 runs, 1 wicket) and Emma Sloan (3 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket) got their first wickets in this year’s campaign and were a great example of the team’s plentiful resources. Abigail Avery was back on form with a wicket maiden in her solitary over, courtesy of a diving catch from Low at point. It was a welcome return for Phoebe Head, playing her first match since winning the U13 Girls League Championship last year. Imogen Higgins impressed once again with a probing brace of overs (2 overs, 8 runs, 2 wickets) and this took her tally up to 9 wickets for the season. Molly Bartlett had an excellent game behind the stumps and took her first catch as a wicketkeeper with a nick from Higgins’ bowling. A run-out brought the Hampton Hill CC innings to a close at 53 all out (17.2 overs).

They say low scoring matches are the most exciting and this lived up to that billing. Hampton Hill’s opening bowler was a class act, and he struck with the first ball of the Bushy Park Girls innings. The top order batswomen had to be resilient and glean what they could from HHCC’s accurate bowling. Despite a four from Phoebe Head the rearguard action was left to Abigail Avery and Eve Abbott to glue the innings back together after a shattering start. After Avery went for a fluid 10 runs it was left to Abbott and Imogen Higgins to construct what would become the largest partnership of the BPG innings (17 runs). Higgins top scored with 13 runs but departed in the 18th over with 7 runs left to win. Abbott was run-out at the end of the 19th over leaving Emma Sloan and Jess Low to score 5 runs in the final over. Both batswomen kept their nerve with Low striking the winning runs off the penultimate ball. It was fitting end to a match played in a tremendous spirit, one that neither side deserved to lose.

Well done to Imogen Higgins who has now scored more than 100 runs this year for BPG, and to the Hampton Hill wicketkeeper who also caught the eye with some brilliant work.

Thank you to everyone at Hampton Hill CC for making us so welcome. Thanks to Dave and Mark for umpiring, and Jit, Gavin and Alban for scoring. We wish Hampton Hill good luck in the season ahead.

BPG Stats are HERE

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.