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.

Happy Father’s Day for BPG U13s

2018_06_17_Wembley_U13s_win_a_50%An impressive number of BPG dads (and a couple of mums) turned their backs on breakfast in bed this Sunday morning, choosing instead to start their Father’s Days on the road to Wembley with their cricketing daughters. Rumours that once they got home, after negotiating the North Circular for the second time in the day, they would spend the rest of their Sundays slumped on sofas doing nothing more strenuous than filling in their World Cup wallcharts are unsubstantiated. In any case, the BPG girls served up a treat on the pitch, as satisfying as any Sunday morning lie in.

BPG arrived in Wembley as a compact unit of 9, including 3 debutantes at this level, stepping up from the U11 age group. None looked out of place, and all played their part in an excellent win for the visitors. Abbott, captaining the team for the first time, won the toss and, with overhead conditions looking helpful for the bowlers, put Wembley in to bat. Unable to bowl herself due to an injured shoulder, she set about marshalling her magnificent seven bowlers to great effect.

What followed was a team bowling and fielding display of discipline and skill, with each of the BPG bowlers taking their turn to pin down the opposition. Despite working hard, none of the Wembley girls was able to score freely against this BPG attack. Higgins set the tone in the opening over, shaping the ball in nicely to the right hander and her third delivery induced a mistimed pull shot from the Wembley captain. Mayhew at square leg was alert enough to take a smart catch and BPG were on their way.

Wembley then tried to consolidate, and indeed they were able to hold on for another seven overs before the next wicket fell. However, they could not get the scoring rate going thanks to BPG’s disciplined bowling and alert fielding. Eakins deserves particular credit, delivering a 3 over spell of probing bowling that yielded only 2 runs, and left Wembley’s other opener retired hurt after a rising delivery pinned her on the hand. Meanwhile Crabtree behind the stumps was not phased by the extra pace on the ball in this age group, keeping tidily and alertly throughout the innings while Dexter impressed in the field with her confident pick ups and strong arm.

When a wicket did fall, it prompted a mid-innings collapse for the Wembley girls. First the experienced Oakley clean bowled Wembley’s number 3. Then the debutante Stirling came into the attack and opened her account with a wicket maiden thanks to a well taken catch by Higgins. At the other end Davis also delivered a maiden and the Wembley batsmen were starting to wonder where their next run was coming from. In Stirling’s second over, Mayhew swooped on the ball in the covers and removed the scampering Wembley batter with a beautiful direct hit at the bowler’s end. Bravely the injured Wembley opener returned to the crease but Davis’s second over was too much for her and she was bowled without adding to her score. Wembley were 35-5.

It was credit to Wembley that they managed something of a comeback at this point. With only eight in the team they were in danger of being skittled out, but the last three batsmen put up a fight as Abbott shuffled her bowling pack. In the sixteenth over Mayhew stepped up to unpick the lock. By bowling the Wembley number 7 she added to her earlier catch and run out to complete a pleasing personal hat-trick of different dismissals. Wembley’s last pair hung on until the last over, pushing the score up to a creditable 74. On what should have been the penultimate ball of the innings Dexter rounded off her excellent fielding display with a well deserved run out to finish the innings there and then.

If BPG’s effort in the field was noteworthy for the overall team performance and the fact that every player contributed, the batting performance was all about individual displays, especially that of the powerful opener Eakins. Clearly in a hurry to get home for Fathers’ Day lunch, she followed her miserly bowling with some muscular hitting. Ruthlessly dispatching anything bowled down the leg side to the boundary she thumped 6 fours in all and when she retired on 31*, she had faced only 22 balls and BPG were as good as home. “That’s the best I’ve ever batted,” she was heard to say as she walked off the pitch. No-one disagreed.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing though. In the second over of the innings the other opener Mayhew had been unlucky to find herself stranded and run out after being ambitiously called through for a run. After her stunning display in the field it may have seemed greedy to expect runs as well, but she had looked well organised and strong at the crease and the run out must have left her wondering what could have been. Her replacement, Davis was an able partner for Eakins, scoring 12 runs at an impressive strike rate including two well placed boundaries of her own. She was bowled out with the job all but done, leaving the old hands Abbott and Higgins to nurdle the last few runs and steer BPG to victory with ten overs to spare.

Thanks to Frank for umpiring, Jack for scoring and our Wembley hosts who were welcoming, friendly and provided a very sturdy table for the scorers. And thanks to the girls for giving all of their dads (and mums) a great Father’s Day present by putting on such a good display of cricket on the pitch.

Check out all the 2018 BPG Stats HERE.

BPG Under 13s Stun in League Opener vs Ealing

2018_06_07_U13s_vs_Ealing_win_33%It was a grey and lacklustre evening when BPG U13s travelled to old foes Ealing yesterday in their first league match of the season. With the team two players short of a full line-up and others still battling through the rush-hour traffic, young captain Erin Goodwin won the toss and elected to bat. She chose herself and trusty fellow teammate Imogen Higgins to face Ealing’s formidable opening bowlers.

The pair provided a solid partnership for the first ten overs before Erin was bowled in the 11th over on 26 runs, only one boundary (of which she’d had a few) away from retirement. Sofia stepped into Erin’s shoes, but unfortunately fell quickly due to Ealing’s pace, before seasoned and reliable player Evie Mayhew (7 runs) came in and steadied the ship once more. When her wicket fell to a tasty ball, it was up to U11 youngster Rosie Davis to finish out the innings, having sacrificed her own age group’s match to boost the U13’s dwindling numbers. Rosie showed intent by hitting a boundary on her first ball and was not out on 8 runs at the end of the overs. Meanwhile, Imogen carried her bat for the first time this season with 25 runs in a controlled and steady innings. BPG had set a respectable, but not daunting 91-run target.

With a confident Ealing taking to the field, BPG needed to start as they meant to go on – and they did. Imogen was handed the ball and clean-bowled Ealing’s opener in the first over. Erin then stepped up for the second over and clean-bowled the second Ealing opener. In the third over, Imogen was on attack again and took another wicket, while in the fourth over Erin bowled a maiden. The opening bowlers then stepped aside and Ruby Oakley came in (2o/7r/0w) to bowl two tight overs, with Rosie (2o/8r/0w) seeing her bowling pay off with two run-outs during one of her overs (one a direct hit on the wicket from the sure arm of Sofia Stapleton-Parslow).

In her first appearance for BPG, Matilda Le Frenais (2o/12r/0w) was then called up and took a scalp with a run-out on her very first ball. Amy Banner (2o/18r/0w), also in her first appearance for BPG, and Sofia (2o/9r/0w) then took over, followed by Evie (2o/4r/0w) with a very controlled two overs, conceding only 4 runs.

However, with only four overs to go and 6 wickets down, Ealing were starting to look comfortable and on track for a win, so a change of bowlers meant that Erin and Imogen stepped into the attack again. Imogen bowled a tight over to relinquish only 5 runs, then Erin let only two runs go in her next over and managed a wicket on the last ball of that over. Imogen (4o/17r/3w) then took another wicket on the first ball of the next over.

The tension was building; the spectators were sitting up a little straighter. The last over would prove crucial.

Captain Erin (3.3o/5r/1m/4w) took hold of the ball, knowing there were two wickets left to fall. Her first ball took the first scalp; her second ball went for one run; her third ball took the last wicket of the game. Cue mass excitement and hysteria in the BPG camp – they’d done it!

Although on paper this looked to be a David and Goliath encounter with an inexperienced and depleted BPG team, the girls certainly rose to the challenge and there were standout performances across the board. Special mention to our wicket keeper, Beth Crabtree, who was outstanding and played a key role in the many run-outs, and Amy Banner, who was exceptional in the field. But most importantly, the girls showed tenacity and enthusiasm and looked to be having an enormous amount of fun – that’s what is most important.

Thank you to Ted for scoring and managing the girls, Chris for umpiring, the BPG parents for braving the mid-week traffic to get the girls to the match and to Ealing for hosting.

BPG spring win in Ealing friendly

2018_04_26_U13_U15_vs_Ealing_friendly_win_33%Bushy Park Girls started their summer season campaign with a thrilling win against Ealing CC yesterday. In an entertaining friendly against their rivals the combined BPG team of Under 13s and Under 15s won the match in the final over at Popesfield, Ealing.

On this fresh and blustery April evening Bushy Park Girls won the toss and captain Abigail Avery chose to bat. The BPG batswomen were largely untroubled in their 17 over innings with many of the girls retiring to let others take a turn at the crease. In fact it wasn’t until the 16th over that Bushy Park Girls lost their first wicket. Openers Avery (20*) and Paige Goodwin (8*) made hay while the sun shone (temporarily) with Evie Davies (6*) and Imogen Higgins (8*) coming in next. All of them hitting the boundary rope with some powerful strokes. Pinch hitters Edie Proud (5*) and Jessamy Low (5*) came in for a quick fire cameo. Proud also cracking the boundary while Low accumulated entirely in singles. The final overs were left to Iris Saunders who resolutely steered her three partners, Sophia Stapleton-Parslow, Alice Harvey and Erin Goodwin (6*) to a total of 83 for 2.

Although the Bushy Park Girls side was predominately Under 14 in age the team welcomed three excellent cricketers who have just graduated to the Under 13s team this year. All three bowled brilliantly and must be very proud of the contribution they made to the match. Goodwin E. (2 overs/0 maidens/8 runs/1 wicket) opened the bowling and got the prize wicket of the Ealing opener in her first over. Stapleton-Parslow (2/0/10/0) was second change bowler and she kept her nerve against a fiery Ealing attack. Ruby Oakley (2/0/3/1) was the pick of the Bushy Park bowlers as dusk started to settle. She bagged her first wicket of the season and her spell yielded just 3 runs.

Of the older cohort Low (2/0/12/0) opened alongside Goodwin (E), taking a little time to settle, her second over showing her class. Davies (2/0/13/0) just missed out on an excellent caught and bowled. Proud (2/0/13/1) bowled well and enticed the Ealing No.4 batter into a rash shot, which Low caught at Mid Off. No one was as stylish as Harvey (1/0/7/0) as she ran up to the crease. Saunders (2/0/8/1) has a knack of taking wickets and once again she didn’t disappoint when she bowled the Ealing tailender with the last ball of her spell.

It was left to the skill of  BPG captain Avery (2/0/3/2) to decide the match with a textbook display of death bowling. With Ealing needing 5 runs to win from the last over Avery steamed in and fired out 2 Ealing batters with her accurate bowling. Higgins added to a tense finale by engineering a fine run out and it was Bushy Park Girls who won the match by just 2 runs. A big thank you to the wonderful Paige Goodwin who kept wicket with aplomb. She really is a versatile cricketer and a great asset to the Hertfordshire County team.

Congratulations to both Bushy Park Girls and Ealing who played the game in an excellent spirit. Thank you to James and Mark for umpiring, to Joe, Nimesh and Alban for scoring. Lastly to all the parents who braved the rush hour traffic to get the girls to the match on time.

Current 2018 BPG Stats and averages can be viewed here.

Last ball heartache in Middlesex Finals

After winning their semi-final against North Middlesex CC last Sunday (03/09/2017) morning Bushy Park Girls waited while the second semi-final was played out against Ealing CC and North London CC. With the latter being triumphant it was time for the Bushy Park girls to face the excellent North London outfit in the final to see who would be crowned 2017 Middlesex Champions.

2017_09_03_vs_North_London_CC_final_33%With rain in the air Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to bat. It was a good choice as North London CC found three BPG batswomen in a serious mood to make runs. Kerrie-ann D’cunha took control early, lashing out with a series of boundaries, racing away to 15 runs before being caught in the 7th over. Her opening partner Molly Bartlett always seems to bring her best form to the Middlesex Final and this year was no exception. Bartlett constructed a mature innings, carrying her bat and scoring 28 not out, playing some delightful shots to all corners of the ground. After her success in the semi-final Evie Mayhew fell early but Eve Abbott once again took up the baton, carving out an impressive 24 runs, with many a boundary hit straight down the ground, right under the noses of the scorers. With some tight overs from North London’s five chosen bowlers it was an impressive display by both sides. Bushy Park Girls finishing on 104 for 2 in their 20 overs.

With the expected rain falling in light showers Bushy Park Girls fought valiantly as a team to defend their total. Once again the quartet of Jessamy Low (captain), Eve Abbott, Simrat Khaira and Paige Goodwin opened the bowling but the North London batswomen knew the score they needed, and kept up with the required run-rate. Both Abbott (4-1-26-0), who bowled a maiden in her second over and Khaira (2-0-17-0) came under pressure from the batswomen. Although largely untroubled, the youngest North London opener slipped on the wet wicket but Bushy Park Girls chose not to attempt the run out, helping to preserve the elusive ‘spirit of cricket’. BPG didn’t rue their generosity when Molly Bartlett took a smart catch at point off the bowling of Emily Bryce (1-0-3-1) to dismiss the young opener.

2017_09_03_U13_finals_day_aEvie Mayhew (2-0-12-0), Emma Bridge (1-0-5-0) and Edie Davies (1-0-6-0) kept the pressure on North London CC while Edie Proud (1-0-7-0) struck with a wicket again with the final ball of her over. With the score on 97 and just 2 overs left, the game was finely balanced as North London battled to reach their target of 105. The penultimate over from Low (4-0-15-1) yielded a wicket and a run out (Proud) but with 4 needed from the last over it was nail-biting for players and spectators alike. Goodwin kept her nerve in the final over, with a superb display of accurate bowling. With a run out (Bartlett) off Goodwin’s 3rd ball, North London needed 4 runs from 3 balls, then 3 runs from 2 balls and ultimately 2 runs from the final ball.

The tension and romance of the final ball in the 2017 Middlesex Final is a story in itself. After hitting Goodwin’s final ball the two North London batswomen ended up at the same end in their desire to eek out the run they needed for the draw. Bushy Park Girls seizing their chance for the win threw towards the unguarded stumps at the opposite end. The ball missed the stumps and the North London batter scrambled home. The Bushy Park Girls suddenly saw the win disappear and heads were held in hands. Bushy Park Girls were caught off guard assuming the match was a draw but then the batters started running a second audacious run! With the ball in the hands of the BPG fielder she merely needed to run at the stumps and knock off the bails, yet luck wasn’t on her side as she slipped on the wet wicket. She fell, stranded mid-wicket and North London CC secured the win by completing two spritely runs. There was a little confusion at the end but the umpire patiently talked to the losing side, explaining that he hadn’t called the end of the over/match and it was just one of those unfortunate events.

Congratulations to North London CC on a hard fought win, it was a very exciting final and a wonderful advert for the girls game in Middlesex. Thank you to the independent umpires Lizzie and Nisanka, also to scorers Sunir and Alban. Thank you too to everyone at North London CC for such an enjoyable day, and for making us feel so welcome.

Well done to all the Bushy Park Girls who have played for the BPG under 13s this year, it has been a complete team effort, from all the league matches in the West League to the girls that played in the final. We are very proud of you all. Let us not forget Mark Avery who manages the side and has worked tirelessly for all the girls.

2017_09_03_finals_day_1_50%Jess Low picked up the West Middlesex League trophy on behalf of the Under 13s (and also for the Under 15s too), while Erin Goodwin lifted the under 11 trophy. It is hard to draw positives when you lose a match under such tight circumstances but without sounding too clichéd, whether we win or lose, Bushy Park Girls Under 13s are a wonderful team to be involved with. It has been a pleasure to spend time with you all.



Middlesex U13 Semi-final win for BPG

After topping their girls’ league in 2017 Bushy Park Girls Under 13s travelled to Finals Day as West Middlesex Champions last Sunday (03/09/2017). Traditionally the top two teams from the North and West play each other in a knock-out semi-final, that then leads to a ‘winner takes all’ final later in the afternoon. So it was West Champions Bushy Park Girls CC that faced North Middlesex CC in the first semi-final of the day.

2017_09_03_U13_vs_North_Middx_2aA dewy Autumnal morning greeted both sets of players and with the outfield and wicket wet it was a cautious start by fielders and batswomen alike. North Middlesex won the toss and put BPG in to bat. It was hard for the North Mid bowlers with the slippery ball but also for the batters too, with many a fine shot pulling up short of the boundary. Openers Molly Bartlett (7) and Paige Goodwin (4) both toiled tirelessly in the conditions and eager to push the run rate along were run-out in the 6th (Bartlett) and 9th overs (Goodwin).

Emily Bryce played a valuable cameo at No.3, scoring a rapid 5 but it was the mid-order partnership between Evie Mayhew and Eve Abbott that made the difference. Both have another year in the Under 13 age group and show why Bushy Park Girls have much to look forward to in 2018. Both were a joy to watch but it was Mayhew’s knock of 19 which signals her out as an exciting and emerging player, what a great time to reach your highest score of the year. Abbott was equally elegant, her languid style caressing the balls across the wet outfield in ones and twos. The final over proved eventful for them both with Mayhew being bowled first, and then Abbott lashing a ball to the boundary before falling for 12 runs on the final ball of the innings. Bushy Park Girls scored 90 runs in their 20 overs, a total that could well be chased down if they didn’t bowl well.

The opening quartet of Bushy Park Girls bowlers took an early stranglehold on the game with Eve Abbott, Jessamy Low (captain), Paige Goodwin and Simrat Khaira keeping a lid on the North Middleex reply. Abbott’s first over was a wicket maiden and she finished with figures of 3-1-6-1, displaying everything you desire from an opening bowler. Goodwin (2-1-7-0) also started with a maiden as did Khaira, and with 7 overs gone the quartet had conceded just 11 runs. Khaira (3-1-7-2) bagged a brace of wickets in her final over, bringing her total up to 9 wickets for the season. Both her wickets were bowled and it’s her accuracy that brings her so many triumphs.

Emma Bridge (2-0-12-0), Molly Bartlett (1-0-10-0) and Evie Mayhew (2-0-10-0) shored up the middle overs despite some strong attacking shots from North Middlesex and their excellent No.3 batswoman. Emily Bryce (2-0-6-1) took a smart caught & bowled with her tricky left-hand bowling and Edie Proud (1-0-7-1) bowled her opponent from her final ball. Evie Davies was on superb form, producing a maiden over at just the time when North London were looking like they would reach BPG’s total. It was Bryce, Proud and Davies who stifled the scoring and left Low (3-0-9-1) to bowl the last over, taking a wicket and securing a place in the final for Bushy Park Girls. North London CC finished on 77 for 7 in their 20 overs.

2017_09_03_U13_vs_North_MiddxA special mention to Molly Bartlett for an excellent run-out and Kerrie-ann D’cunha who kept wicket with real dexterity and skill. She was one of the best keepers on display throughout the day, giving away the fewest byes in the games we played in. The umpires were lenient with the wides (especially down leg side) and she had to be on her toes. With 240 balls bowled at her (over semi-final and final) it is quite some achievement to concede only 3 byes in that time.

Thank you to North Middlesex for an enjoyable game, and good luck in 2018. Also to the independent umpires Lizzie and Nisanka. Finally to the scorers Gemma and Alban.

The report of the final follows shortly

Win vs Old Actonians secures West Middlesex League Title

Bushy Park Girls Under 13s played their final game of the West Middlesex Girls League season yesterday (16/07/2017) at Old Actonians. With wins against Ealing, Richmond and Wembley already this year this was a chance to preserve their 100% record in the league. It was an entertaining game against an ever improving Old Actonians side who fought valiantly but couldn’t live with the BPG’s match toughness.

2017_07_16_Old_Actonians_win_1ca_50%Bushy Park Girls won the toss and captain Abi Avery chose to field first. Opening bowler Jess Low struck second ball, pinning the Old A’s opener in front of the stumps, and the umpire’s finger reached for the sky. Simrat Khaira (3-0-15-0) kept it tight at the other end and worked well with her opening partner. Low (2-0-6-2) was at it again in the 3rd over catching her victim with a LBW bullet. Evie Mayhew (3-2-2-3) was the most prolific of the bowlers (wickets), and the most miserly (runs conceded), producing the best spell of her BPG career that included 2 wickets in her first over, a wicket-maiden in her second and a maiden in her third. She truly was on truly sparkling form.

Bushy Park Girls were agile in the field with Chiara Mildon (3-0-20-0) combining with Low and Kerrie-Ann Dcunha to run out two Old Actonian girls. Dcunha’s athleticism also paid dividends when she took two catches behind the wicket. These were no mere edges but confident swipes from the batters and Dcunha bravely threw herself to her left and expertly held on. These two wickets came from the bowling of Georgia Dobson (2-0-5-1) and Isabel Jenner (2-0-7-1) who will be the senior players in the Under 13s next year.

Ella Carran (2-0-13-1) has emerged from the pack in recent weeks. At the start of the season she was nervous about playing in competitive matches but now she looks very much at home at this level. She illustrated this perfectly in the 16th over by bowling the tenth Old Actonian wicket (there were 12 Old As batswomen before you ask). Abi Avery bowled a beautiful final over (1-0-1-0) conceding just one run and Paige Goodwin (2-0-9-0) looked a little tentative while bowling but obviously had her mind on batting. Old Actonians finished their 20 overs on 78 for 10.

35pIn reply Bushy Park Girl batted with a great deal of prowess and strength. Dcunha got her highest ever score for Bushy Park Girls, retiring on 32 not out in the 8th over. While Paige Goodwin also reached a season’s high with 27 not out. It was an action packed 10 over innings that quickly reached the 79 target, every shot was used and the ball hit the boundary in the North, South, East and West. After Dcunha retired the ever faithful Abi Avery steered BPG toward the winning line.

A special mention to Abi Avery, she is the most consistent and skilful of batswomen for the Under 13s and a knowledgeable captain. It is with some fanfare that we can announce she has passed 400 runs this year for 2017. A truly heroic achievement. Credit should go to Paige Goodwin too, she has worked hard to improve all aspects of her game. She has now reached 200+ runs this year for Bushy Park Girls.

Congratulations to all the Bushy Park Girls who have played in the Girls League this season, the team remain unbeaten and can lift the West Middlesex Girls League trophy with a great deal of pride. The girls have the chance to win the overall Middlesex title when they go to the Finals Day in North London on September 3rd. Good luck.

Thank you to Mark and Reshma for umpiring, and Alban, Neil & Emma for scoring. Thanks to Old Actonians for their hospitality.


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.

Strong and Stable U13 Bushy Park Girls

2017_06_09_vs_Ealing_win_2c_33%After a night of General Election ups and downs it was Bushy Park Girls who ended yesterday (09/06/2017) as the obvious strong and stable team to lead us into the coming months. Playing at home (Teddington CC) they entertained Ealing CC in a top of the table clash that saw Bushy Park Girls come out as comfortable winners in an enjoyable match.

Bushy Park Girls won the toss and chose to field. Jess Low opened the bowling with a maiden but it wasn’t long before the Ealing CC (and Middlesex CC) opener tore into the BPG attack. With a bold opening gambit the visitors had amassed 37 runs before the first wicket fell to BPG captain Abigail Avery (3 overs, 16 runs, 1 wicket). Emily Bryce who kept wicket exceptionally well for the home team engineered an intelligent stumping  from the bowling of Emma Bridge (3 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket) in the 8th over. Imogen Higgins (4 overs, 1 maiden, 12 runs, 1 wicket) knocked back the Ealing advance with a wicket in the following over and thereafter the opposition found it hard to score runs. This was largely because of the quality of the bowling from Simrat Khaira, Lizzie Eakins, Emma Nunn and Kate Middleton. Once again Khaira caught the eye with a miserly 2 overs for 2 runs.

Bushy Park Girls’ reply was a largely untroubled affair, with openers Abigail Avery and Imogen Higgins eager to form a stable coalition. It was a fruitful partnership that only ended when Avery retired on 31 (Not Out). Emma Bridge was duly elected as her replacement and lasted until BPG were on 87 runs, just short of their target of 94. Emily Bryce sparked into action, hitting the winning runs with a magnificent four. Higgins carried her bat throughout the Bushy Park Girls batting innings, finishing on 20 (Not Out). A good win from Bushy Park Girls within 14 overs, and good marker for the rest of the campaign in MCA Girls U13 League. Well done to the 9 girls who played for Bushy Park Girls, and get well soon to those who couldn’t be there.

2017_06_09_vs_Ealing_win_33%Thank you to Ealing for a very enjoyable match in the Bushy Park sunshine. Thanks to Alban and Bruce for umpiring, and to Jim and Cormac for scoring. The next match in the Girls League will be a month away against Richmond (AWAY) on the 7th July 2017.

Full BPG Stats HERE


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.


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


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.