U11s triumph over arch rivals Ealing by 7 runs

Bushy Park Girls Under 11s showed application, teamwork and some strong individual performances to overcome Ealing U11s by a narrow seven-run margin in their final match in June.

Ealing won the toss and put BPG in to bat. Expecting the Ealing attack to be decent, BPG saved their most experienced batsmen to the end. Openers Mae Bush and Matilda Baker batted valiantly but lost two wickets each in the opening 5 overs to accurate Ealing bowling to leave the net score at 195, five less than our starting score.

The innings needed some impetus, which arrived in the form of Jess Jordan (JJ) who smashed a couple of lusty boundaries and top scored with 12. In one profitable over Jess took 5 runs and three wides for 11 runs, although she lost her wicket too. Annie Stirling protected her wicket and struck a sweet boundary. Bea Sheridan then contributed with six runs and Lola deftly guided a single off the face of the bat to get off the mark. But runs in the middle order were sparse – 243 after 15.

Last pair Claudie Dexter and Jess Spencer took to the crease and scored a welcome 8 and 9 runs respectively, including some badly needed boundaries to the joy of their increasingly vocal BPG team mates. Crucially they protected their wickets – BPG lost six wickets in total but had amassed an under-par 268 net. The managers converged to brief the girls, partially distracted by handstands and singing, on tactics for the next innings. Defending 268 against the mighty Ealing did not look good.

What stood out in BPG’s bowling innings was discipline and support for each other. They fielded well, and always encouraged each other when a shot slipped through. Claudie and Matilda took a wicket each in the opening pairing, Matilda using her high flight to deceive the batsman. Ealing dug in as Jess and JJ kept it tight. Mae and Bea took a wicket each in the next pairing and kept the runs to singles, restricting Ealing to 233 after 12 overs. Annie, Lola and JJ were more expensive, and despite Annie’s wicket, well taken by Claudie in the deep, Ealing put on 30 extra runs in 4 overs. BPG were facing defeat. All BPG players fielded with gusto and back each other up.

Time to roll out the big guns. Claudie, JJ and Jess shared the final 4 overs and took four wickets, JJ bowling two batsmen in one over, and conceded just one boundary, meaning Ealing’s score fell by 2 runs in the final 24 balls to finish on 261. BPG won by 7 runs, an unlikely but deserving result. Credit to all the girls where every player made a contribution and to Ealing for notably vigorous batting and bowling from Scout and Luna, and for the team’s sportsmanship.

It was a game that showed BPG U11s have improved and can be a really good team when they play as a team and concentrate. We look forward to playing Ealing again possibly in a final?

Under 11s battle against mighty Ealing

After the postponed Actonians game on May 4th and failing to field a team for The Lady Taverners tournament on 7th, Bushy Park Girls U11s were raring to play some cricket.

In the end it was a tough match for the girls in their first outing in the Middlesex U11 league against old adversary Ealing CC, despite promising early signs. Ealing batted first and Rosie Davis immediately took two wickets in the first over, followed by a wicket for Claudie in the second. Prospects were good. A mix of fairly decent, slow and wide bowling restricted Ealing’s runs to 46 in the first 10 overs and it was good to see the new players like Elodie, Amelia (who top scored with 5), Lola and Lara without much previous match practice, all have a bowl and experience fielding. Annie bowled a nice maiden and got her hands to two difficult chances that failed to stick. The girls were lively in the field but took no more wickets, and Ealing’s more experienced batsmen opened up and put on 69 runs in the latter 10 overs, Mia top scoring in the match with 14. Ealing posted a handsome 115. Too many wides were a feature.

In their reply, Bushy Park started well enough with Grace, Lexie, Bea, Lara and Amelia in the runs while Lola was brave facing good bowling from Ealing’s Annabelle and Luna. After 10 overs, BPG were on 39 versus Ealing’s 46 at the same point and a competitive match was on the cards. Wickets fell regularly, however, when Scout, Kikuko and Annabelle (Middlesex players) hit their rhythm with some impressive line and pace, those three taking six BPG wickets in six overs, bowling few wides and keeping our runs down. This combination reduced BPG’s total to a mean 37, which was not a fair reflection of the spirit and work the girls put in. Rosie managed to score some nice runs at the end but also was unfortunate to be caught behind twice, bobbling up two decent deliveries to the wicket keeper.

Ealing, the stronger team, triumphed by 78 runs. BPG return to training resolved to tighten their bowling, concede fewer wides and learn to guard their wickets. Onwards to East Molesey on Monday.

Under 11s toe-to-toe in Middlesex semi-final

2017_09_03_U11s_1It was a wonderful season for the Under 11s this year that culminated with a Middlesex semi-final against Hampstead CC in North London (03/09/2017). Finals day traditionally pits the best in the North Middlesex Leagues against those in the West. It is the toughest day of the season and one that has seen the hopes of  many a Bushy Park girl shipwrecked on North London rocks.

Bushy Park Girls batted first with all the pairs scoring runs against an accurate Hampstead attack. Annie Stirling and Sofia Stapleton-Parslow amassed a steady 12 run advantage in a careful opening gambit. Grace Tasker and Holly Ramsden powered in next, with Ramsden smacking 3 fours in her punchy innings of 13. Hampstead CC realising that they could be in trouble pressed hard for the wickets and it was Beth Crabtree and Hope Jones who were caught in the crossfire. Yet Bushy Park aren’t ones to give up and Crabtree & Jones held their heads high and fought on. The fourth pair saw Stapleton-Parslow come back to the crease alongside Grace Lyon, and they increased the run rate once again with a partnership of 14.

The final Bushy Park Girls pair needed to make some serious runs to post a challenging total, and Rosie Davis & Erin Goodwin didn’t disappoint. Davis is an excellent versatile player has been a real asset to both BPG and Middlesex CC this season. Many of you will have already read about the exploits of Erin Goodwin whose status as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ will soon be redundant as she grows into a willowy young teenager. She has bowled more overs (52) and taken more wickets (18) for Bushy Park Girls than any other player in the club. Both players rose to the occasion with Davis scoring 16 and Goodwin a top score of 20. They helped push the BPG total to 66 in their allotted 20 overs.

Hampstead CC came into bat chasing 67 to win and immediately Sofia Stapleton-Parslow  set the tone, conceding just one run from her first over. Grace Tasker too was on good form with a single taken from her final over of three. Bushy Park Girls needed wickets to derail the Hampstead express and Annie Stirling was just the girl for the job. Stirling took 2 wickets, wiping 10 runs from the opposition’s score. Beth Crabtree, Grace Lyon and Hope Jones combined once again to bolster the middle bowling order. With Hampstead creeping toward their target Holly Ramsden produced a great 2 over spell that was rewarded with a wicket from her first ball. With just four overs to go Rosie Davis and Erin Goodwin once again worked in tandem to peg back the wave of Hampstead runs. It was nervous few minutes as Goodwin bagged a wicket and then a maiden over. Davis opened up with a wicket maiden that sees her total wicket haul reach 10 for the season, she is one of only five BP girls to have achieved this feat in 2017.

Unfortunately there wasn’t quite enough wickets taken and Hampstead reached 80 runs in their 20 overs, securing a 14 run victory and reaching the U11 final later in the day. Congratulations to Hampstead CC on an excellent win. Well done to all nine Bushy Park girls who played in the semi-finals. Thank you to the umpires and scorers. Also to North London CC for hosting players and parents alike.

2017_09_03_U11s_3 Thank you to managers Dawn and Ted Goodwin, who have worked so hard for all the Under 11 girls, creating a spirit of inclusivity and participation. At the end of Finals Day Bushy Park Girls were awarded the trophy for Under 11s West Middlesex Champions, an accolade that they achieved by playing a large number of their Under 11 squad throughout the season. Well done to all the Under 11 Bushy Park Girls who have been part of that squad, we are very proud of you all.

Oakley fifer turns tide for BPG

A superb spell of bowling from young Under 11 star Ruby Oakley helped Bushy Park Girls secure a memorable win against Ealing CC today (21/05/2017). Rivals in the MCA West Girls League Ealing are a tough prospect and BPG needed every girl to play their part in a competitive match at Hanwell CC.

Bushy Park Girls batted first with Claudie Dexter and Jessica Spencer establishing a solid base for Lexie Dobson and Grace Lyon to follow. Both pairs batted sensibly until the arrival of Holly Ramsden and Grace Tasker who accelerated the scoring, with Tasker hitting a boundary in the 11th over. This was the most significant partnership of the Bushy Park Girls innings and was consolidated by Maddie Sloan and Sofia Stapleton-Parslow who accumulated runs without losing wickets. Beth Crabtree powered through at the end, pushing the Bushy Park Girls final score to 89.

Ealing’s opening batswomen made a sensational start to their innings and had already hit 45 runs by the time the 4th over was bowled. With a target of 90 for the win and another 15 overs yet to be bowled it looked like the win was theirs. Bushy Park Girls are made of strong stuff and some excellent fielding and bowling put the pressure back on Ealing. Wickets came from Jessica Spencer (2 overs, 13 runs, 1 wicket), Holly Ramsden (2 overs, 9 runs, 1 wicket) and Sofia Stapleton-Parslow (2 overs, 8 runs, 1 wicket) but it was a devastating 3 over spell by Ruby Oakley that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Oakley’s bowling figures of 5 wickets for 6 runs in 2 overs tell their own tale, she is the first Bushy Park Girl to take more than 10 wickets across all the age groups and a real asset to the club.

With Ealing finishing on 82 runs after 20 overs the win was Bushy Park Girl’s to savour. Well done to all the girls on a brilliant win.

Thank you to Ealing CC for their hospitality. Thanks to umpire Alex Oakley (and Ealing’s umpire too) and the scorers Natalie and James.

BPG Stats are HERE

BPG Under 11s win game of three halves

2017_05_07_U11s_vs_OldAs_8 copyAt this time of year we are all a little rusty after the winter break. It is not just the girls who need to refresh their talents, scorers need to remember the arcane symbols they scratch in their scorebooks and umpires the rules of engagement. After a typically early season rule blip, yesterday’s (07/05/2017) Under 11 girls league game against Old Actonians was a closely fought and enjoyable match that Bushy Park Girls won by 10 runs. A curious series of events resulted in a game of three innings, the first 10 overs were batted by Bushy Park Girls, followed by 20 overs for Old As and finished off with a final 10 overs for BPG.

Bushy Park Girls were captained by the talented Ruby Oakley who took a leading role in the match. The BPG batting was solid throughout despite this being the first experience of competitive cricket for some of the girls. Oakley and Hope Jones opened in a steady style, followed by pairs Grace Lyons/Matilda Baker and Lexie Dobson/Annie Stirling who were the backbone of the innings, keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Jessica Spencer hit the only 4 of the BPG innings with her partner Maddie Sloan. With only 9 players in the side the final flourish was left to Holly Ramsden (and the returning Oakley). Bushy Park Girls Under 11 finished on a very creditable 99 for 2, the final ‘Pairs Score’ being 86.

Old Actonians were dogged in their response and also scored 99 runs in their 20 overs. Jessica Spencer bowled well without a wicket while Maddie Sloan bagged a wicket after also performing well in the Lady Taverners tournament last week. Hope Jones waded in with a hefty haul of 3 wickets in her 3 overs and it was her wickets that made the difference as Old Actonians finished on 99 for 4. With 5 runs subtracted for every wicket this left Old As on a ‘Pairs Score’ of 76.

A hard fought win for Bushy Park Girls with special recognition to captain Ruby Oakley for an all-round positive performance. It was not only her bowling (2 overs/1 wicket) but her batting too, that sees her reach more than 100 runs already in the season for Bushy Park Girls. Congratulations Ruby! BPG Stats

Thank you to Old Actonians for hosting us, thanks also to the umpires and Will Stirling for scoring. Well done to all the girls for working so well together as a team.2017_05_07_U11s_vs_OldAs_8 copy

U11s Runners-Up in Lady Taverner’s Tournament

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Team: Ruby Oakley; Jessica Spencer; Rosie Davis; Claudie Dexter; Erin Goodwin – captain; Maddie Sloan; Beth Crabtree; Sofia Stapleton-Parslow.



The annual Lady Taverner’s tournament kicked off the season for the U11s in typical British bank holiday fashion with rain showers expected all day. However, we had a full team of eager girls ready and willing to play this year, some new recruits to Bushy Park Girls.

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Our first match was against Ealing CC. The girls were put straight in to bat and managed to set a respectable run target for the opposition, with a steady partnership from Jessica and Maddie in the middle order and seasoned BPG players Erin and Ruby closing out the innings with a respectable 11 runs apiece. With participation and enjoyment as important as the result, the strategy was to let every player bowl an even number of overs in the opening matches and the girls rose to the challenge admirably, with some tidy bowling and a number of wickets taken by Rosie (4 runs/2 wickets), Claudie (5 runs/1 wicket) and Jess (4 runs/1 wicket). The result came down to the last over and Erin (1 run/1 wicket) clinched victory for BPG by 3 runs with a wicket on the last ball of the match.

The second draw saw BPG face North Middlesex. Again, the girls batted first, with Claudie (12 runs) helping BPG to set a target of 250 runs. The big difference this time around was that BPG only lost one wicket in the innings. The girls weren’t going to let the rain delays stop them in the field either. They bowled much tighter in this match, with fewer wides and no balls giving away precious runs. Notable wickets came from Ruby and Claudie and BPG won the match by an impressive 25 runs.

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Our third match would prove to be our toughest challenge. With the rain persistently interrupting play, the girls went in to field first this time and were unable to break through host North London’s batting line-up, taking only 2 wickets (by Beth and Rosie) in the innings. The hosts set BPG a tough run target and it would all come down to wickets in the end. Despite some good batting partnerships, a fair amount of enthusiastic calling and running meant that we lost a number of wickets to risky run-outs and ended the match in defeat by 29 runs.

That then set up a semi-final against Ealing and, after refuelling with the BBQ and a fair amount of sugar, the girls went in to bat. The batting line-up remained the same as before and the girls rose to the occasion by only losing 1 wicket and getting in a few impressive boundaries to set Ealing a target of 231 (only a 1 run difference to their previous match). With the final in their sights, the bowling line-up was tweaked and the girls took to the field with determination. The bowling was tidy again, with few wides and no balls and notable wickets for Claudie (8 runs/2 wickets) and Ruby (4 runs/0 wickets; 3 runs; 1 wicket) again. The final result was a BPG win by three runs – deja-vu!

The final against North London – the only team to have beaten BPG so far – was threatened early on by the steadily falling rain. It would turn out to be a stop-start game as a result and the girls would have to work hard to maintain their focus and composure. They took to the field and proved worthy opponents with tight fielding and tidy bowling, with notable wickets from Ruby and Claudie once again. However, a few too many risks taken by the batting partnerships meant the girls couldn’t match the might of the North London bowling attack and BPG ended the final game 22 runs short.

On a day where there was as much rain as there was cricket, the girls did themselves proud by staying focussed, having fun and playing some of the best cricket we have seen Lady taverners 4from the U11s so early on in the season. Not only were there some stellar bowling performances, particularly from Claudie, Rosie and Ruby, but the tag team wicket-keeping skills of Erin, Ruby and Rosie kept the fielding tight and the batting pairs worked well and communicated effectively overall. Our only batting pair not to concede a wicket all day was Jessica and Maddie – a huge achievement in itself. This all bodes well for the season ahead and the girls can be incredibly proud of their runners-up medals (presented by none other than Pinky the Middlesex Mascot).

Thank you to all of the parents and siblings who braved the cold and wet conditions to support the girls and to Damian for scoring and Frank for umpiring – parent support and help is always greatly appreciated by us managers and the girls themselves.

Here’s to a great 2017 season – what a way to start! Now if only we could sort out the weather….

U11 Middlesex indoor tournament

u11_indoor_middx_tournament_1aBushy Park Girls brushed off the winter cobwebs with 2 losses and 2 wins in the Middlesex indoor championship at Whitechapel last month (21/01/2017). The team came together before the club’s winter nets programme had fully kicked in, yet they worked as a team to pull off some hard fought victories and improved as the day went on.

Bushy Park Girls got off to a slow start with a tentative 22 runs scored against Ealing CC in their first game. Grace Tasker bucked the trend by hitting a six and accumulated a tasty 12 runs in just one over of big hitting. Despite a run-out off Rosie Davis’ bowling their opponents cruised to a 38 run victory in their allotted 8 overs.

Bushy Park Girls bounced back with a buoyant win in their second game against Stoke Newington CC. Batting first the BPG opening pair of Davis and Claudie Dexter rattled up an impressive 24 runs in just 2 overs. BPG batted with aplomb throughout their whole innings, scoring a mighty 75 runs. The pressure took its toll on Stoke Newington and they fell 43 runs short.

u11_indoor_middx_tournament_2aThe third match once again brought out the best in Bushy Park Girls and they posted a large total of 62 for their opponents Harrow Alliance CC to chase. The middle order pair of Grace Lyon and Beth Crabtree were the backbone of the batting performance with 17 runs. Harrow gleaned only 32 runs from the BPG bowling, the nail in their coffin was the death bowling of Erin Goodwin who hammered home the advantage with speed and accuracy.

The last game for Bushy Park Girls was a tight affair against North London CC. Our girls scored a decent 49 runs in their innings but it was the opposition who triumphed by just 2 runs. The bowling of Lexie Dobson (conceding 6 runs) and Ruby Oakley (conceding 2 runs) caught the interest of many of the supporters present and brought the match right down to the wire.

Congratulations to all the girls.

Compiled using PLAY-ON statistics