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.


Under 13s shine in first win of summer

2017_04_30_vs_Wembley_U13aThe opening match of the summer season against Wembley CC saw the Under 13 Bushy Park Girls’ secure a good win yesterday (30/04/2017). The start of a new season gives us the opportunity to see how our players have developed over the winter and it seems they have grown in stature and confidence in that time. Players like Ruby Wilkinson, Simrat Khaira, Kate Middleton, Evie Davies, Emily Bryce and Edie Proud are now the leading lights of the under 13 squad. It was also a chance to see two new players Lizzie Eakins, who has come up from the under 11s and Kerrie-Ann Dcunha (Captain/Wicketkeeper) who is new to the club.

Bushy Park Girls batted first with Dcunha (16* runs) and Middleton (19* runs) opening on the Teddington CC astro pitch. Both were untroubled in a partnership that safely saw BPG to 62 in their first 10 overs. After each was retired it was left to Edie Proud (12*) and Bryce to push forward. The innings was dramatically brought to a close by Wilkinson and Eakins who both hit fours in a eye catching final fling. Bushy Park Girls finished on 125 for 1 after 20 overs.

Wembley started their batting innings and were immediately put under pressure, Lizzie Eakins produced a tight and probing spell that yielded just 1 run in 3 overs (2 maidens). Simrat Khaira backed her up with a maiden of her own and with a miserly opening over from Evie Davies the opposition found it hard to get out of the blocks. This created the pressure for the impressive Edie Proud to swoop in for her first wicket of the season. With both Bryce and Davies running-out Wembley batters (off the bowling of Middleton) the lid was firmly kept on the West Londoners reply. Wembley played out their allotted 20 overs and finished on 64 for 3.

Congratulations to all the girls on a fabulous first win of the season. Thank you to Sandeep Khaira for managing the side and Phil Davies for scoring. We wish Wembley all the best in the season ahead.

Check out the stats HERE

Middlesex Runners-Up for Waldegrave Swans

waldegrave_middx_runners_up_1_25Four Bushy Park Girls played for Waldegrave School in the Under 13 Lady Taverners Girls’ Cricket County Final last week (22/02/2017). The top five schools in Middlesex fought it out in a round robin tournament to see who would be crowned champions at the county indoor school in Finchley.

Waldegrave’s first match was their toughest, Godolphin and Latymer School have consistently been in the top echelons of girls schools cricket. Godolphin batted first and set a high total in their allotted 6 overs (4 balls per over). In response Waldegrave were steady in reply with Jess Low carrying her bat throughout the innings and Ella Carran batting well at the denouement. Unfortunately they were 3 runs short of their target, and the title had all but slipped away.

Waldegrave are made of sterner stuff, and they had pride and silverware still to play for. Their opponents in the second match felt the backlash as Paige Goodwin opened her bowling spell with 3 dot balls, forcing their player to chip a catch to long-off. Waldegrave’s batswomen knocked off their batting target in only 12 balls to record their first win. The third match saw Waldegrave post a good score and once again put the squeeze on their opponents with Evie Davies keeping a tidy wicket and restricting their batters.

The fourth and final match against St Martha’s (Hadley Wood) was the girl’s chance to grab a medal, whether that be silver or bronze. After an early wobble Jess Low and her partner Holly put on a 40 run partnership to set a healthy score. Once again Paige Goodwin stormed in, bagging another wicket, while Jess Low backed her up with one too.

A well deserved silver medal was awarded to all the Waldegrave girls. County Runners-up is the highest level that Waldegrave School has ever achieved in cricket, so well done to the girls involved.

U13 Middlesex indoor tournament

u13_indoor_middx_tournament_1aThe Under 13 Bushy Park Girls team was the last out of the blocks for the club in the 2017 indoor Middlesex championship (PLAY-ON, Whitechapel, 28/01/2017). Both the U11 and U15 teams had already dusted off their bats but the under 13s proved that last is by no means least. The last minute withdrawal of Ealing CC from the tournament left 5 teams in a round robin competition that culminated in a final (and 3rd/4th place play-off). Bushy Park Girls bagged the 4th spot this year and finished in high spirits, all ready for the season ahead.

Old Actonians CC batted first in the opening game and in the first two overs from Imogen Higgins and Emma Bridge Bushy Park Girls drew first blood with stunning run-outs. Evie Davies turned the screw with a wicket in the 6th over, keeping Old Actonians to a modest total of 24 runs in their 8 overs. Higgins and Erin Goodwin hit hard and hit early in reply, crashing 23 runs in the first 2 overs. It was a cruising victory for Bushy Park Girls in the end with a healthy total of 40 runs.

u13_indoor_middx_tournament_3aThe second match against Primrose Hill CC was a closer contest with 9 runs separating the two teams. Primrose Hill batted first and finished on a good 44 runs. It could have been a much larger total if it wasn’t for the bowling of Paige Goodwin and Davies (once again), who both snaffled a wicket apiece. Bushy Park Girls were steady in their response with a particularly impressive innings from Isabel Jenner who achieved her high score for the tournament with an essential 14 runs (in 2 overs). Jenner’s knock made BPG’s run chase straightforward and they ended their innings on 53 runs.

North Middlesex CC scored a high total of 54 in the third match with Simrat Khaira holding back the wave of runs with a wicket in the 4th over. Despite a valiant attempt BPG came up short with 44 runs. Unfortunately a tough schedule of games took it toll on the BPG batting in the fourth game and they eked out a modest 24 runs before Stoke Newington CC scored their 41 runs and took the win. There were still memorable performance to take note of, run-outs in the first two overs of Higgins’ and Emma Bridge’s bowling gave BPG a fighting chance, and Davies knocked back the stumps once again with her accurate medium pacers.

u13_indoor_middx_tournament_2aAfter a hard day in the troglodytic PLAY-ON indoor arena Bushy Park Girls were destined for 3rd/4th place play-off. Nothing separated the teams in terms of quality and spirit but it was their opponents Old Actonians CC who edged a 6 run win. A wicket from ‘Tiger’ Coppin in her over brought the win within reach but it wasn’t meant to be.

For those of you who love your statistics, Imogen Higgins was the 2nd most valuable player in the whole tournament (45 girls). Erin Goodwin was BPGs highest run scorer with a total of 53. Higgins and Paige Goodwin were equal second with 41 runs each. Evie Davies was top BPG bowler with 3 wickets, Erin Goodwin and Isabel Jenner both took 2 wickets. Of course statistics only tell half the story, the other half is a narrative of team spirit and friendship that is impossible quantify.

Compiled using PLAY-ON statistics


Waldegrave School U13 Outer London indoor champs


After winning the U13 borough indoor championship in December Waldegrave School travelled up to the Middlesex Cricket School in Finchley to contest the Outer London county final this week. The school is used by the Middlesex squads during the winter, where they hone their skills ready for the upcoming season. The walls (above) are adorned with many of the greatest players who played not only for Middlesex but England too.

The cricketing greats looked on with delight as Waldegrave School faced Vyners School in a best of three showdown. Waldegrave dealt their opponents two knock blows in a contest that didn’t go the distance. Dominant performances by Waldegrave sees them progress to the U13 Middlesex schools indoor final later this year.

The core of the team is represented with Bushy Park Girls and they played a significant role in both wins. Paige Goodwin captained the Waldegrave Swans, snaffling a caught and bowled chance as the ball ricocheted off the ceiling. Evie Davies and Ella Carran bossed their opponents with some fine fielding, while Jess Low knocked over her opponent’s off-stump with the first ball she bowled.

Well done girls and good luck in the next round.

Waldegrave Swans vs Teddington Kingfishers: The indoor titans

2016_waldegrave_cricket_25Last Friday saw nine Bushy Park Girls playing in the Richmond Borough Indoor Schools Competition at Waldegrave School in Twickenham. Teddington School as last year’s champions came with a fearsome reputation and six Bushy Park girls in their ranks including Kate Middleton, Emma Nunn, Imogen Higgins, Izzy Jenner, Georgia Dobson and captain Abigail Avery. Teddington not only won last year’s tournament they went on to beat Godolphin and Latimer School to be crowned U13 indoor Middlesex School Champions 2016.

Without last year’s opponents Grey Court and Turin House, it was Waldegrave and Christ’s School who joined Teddington in the tournament. With healthy wins for both Waldegrave and Teddington against a plucky Christ’s side it all came down to a head-to-head between the two titans.

In a reversal of last year’s result it was the Waldegrave Swans who came out the winners in a tough contest against the Teddington Kingfishers. BPG’s Paige Goodwin captained the Swans and it was her batting that proved one of the decisive factors in the contest. Not to be outdone Evie Davies bagged a brace of wickets and Jess Low snaffled a hat-trick to secure the win. Waldegrave now aim to follow in Teddington School’s footsteps when they travel to the Lady Taverners Middlesex final in Finchley next year.

Middlesex Under 13 Champions

20160904_a6000_02244_aBushy Park Girls Cricket Club won the Middlesex title yesterday (04/09/2016) at North London CC with a dominant display over the best teams in the county. The Under 13 side who were going for the double after last year’s championship triumph restricted Harrow Alliance CC to only 69 runs in their semi-final before reaching their target with 7 overs to spare. It was a similar story in the final with the bowlers turning the screw on rivals Ealing CC, who scored 89 runs in their 20 overs. The Bushy Park Girls team are unbeaten throughout the 2016 girl’s league season and they didn’t buckle under the added pressure, scoring the winning runs with the loss of just 2 wickets.

The Finals Day pits the top teams from the North and West Middlesex regions against each other in a semi-final and ultimately final (for those that are successful). Despite the long summer break the Bushy Park Girls Under 13 team were ready for action after intensive net sessions with Head Coach Dave Waldren in the preceding week.

Harrow Alliance CC were BPG’s opponents in their semi-final and it only took 2 balls for opening bowler Jessamy Low (2 wickets, 9 runs, 4 overs) to strike when an edge was taken by the ever impressive Amelie Munday behind the stumps. With both Low and her opening partner Paige Goodwin (9 runs, 4 overs, 1 maiden) restricting Harrow they had to take risks with their singles and it was the turn of Munday and Pheobe Head (1 wicket, 13 runs, 3 overs) to shine by running out the their No.2 and No.3 batswomen. Second change bowlers Abi Avery (2 wickets, 10 runs, 4 overs, 1 maiden) and Sadie Day (2 wickets, 13 runs, 3 overs, 1 maiden) were equally deadly, putting Harrow constantly on the back foot. With Emma Bridge (11 runs, 2 overs) chipping in with valuable overs they restricted Harrow Alliance CC to a modest 69 for 9 from 20 overs.

BPG bowling against Harrow Alliance CC

Bushy Park Girls batted with great maturity in their reply and openers Amelie Munday (11) and Molly Bartlett (16) brought the score to 34 as Abigail Avery came to the crease. Avery’s 31 (not out/retired) crushed any hope the opposition had in a sparkling innings that included 6 fours. It was left to Sadie Day (8 not out) and the ‘finisher’ Evie Davies to wrap up the innings. They reached their target of 70 runs in the 13th over, leaving a few minutes for manager Mark Avery to rouse his team before the final.


Ealing CC looked formidable in their semi-final against North Middlesex CC and Bushy Park were expecting their closest rivals to give them a stern test in the final. Once again the miserly Jessamy Low (4 runs, 4 overs, 1 maiden), Paige Goodwin (2 wickets, 18 runs, 4 overs) and Emma Bridge (2 runs, 1 over) turned the screw, resulting in wickets and a run out (Avery). Abigail Avery swapped a starring turn with bat for ball as she ripped out the heart of the Ealing batting with a bowling spell of 4 wickets for 12 runs in her 4 overs, devastating! BPG were tight in the field with captain Amelie Munday placing key fielders like Ruby Wilkinson and Priya Chana in the ‘do or die’ positions. Both Wilkinson and Chana have  been with us only a year but have become firm favourites within the team and yesterday they helped keep Ealing CC to 89 for 8 in their 20 overs.

BPG batting against Ealing CC

Bushy Park Girls were untroubled in their reply and they quickly reached their total in the 13th over, obviously a lucky number for the team of 2016. Amelie Munday (7) opened with Molly Bartlett (20 not out) and they had already accumulated 25 runs by the time Munday fell. Phoebe Head top scored for BPG with 25 runs which brought the team to the edge of victory. Once again it was the ‘finisher’ Evie Davies who secured the win and the team rushed onto the pitch to celebrate a well deserved Middlesex title. It is the highest accolade that the team can win and to do it in such a fashion shows what a fabulous spirit there is at Bushy Park Girls.


It is an apt and tearful goodbye to 4 of the girls who played yesterday and we wish Amelie Munday, Sadie Day, Phoebe Head and Priya Chana all the best with their transition to the Under 15 side.

Thank you to everyone at North London CC who organised Finals Day especially Martin Issett. As a club we really appreciate all the time, effort and commitment to the MCA SEAXE League and we will miss his leadership as he steps down from chairing the league. Thank you to Mark for umpiring, Alban for scoring and Martin Bridge for taking some fabulous photos (full selection is here – https://goo.gl/photos/v69DXY73BzR8DJd37 ). Not forgetting all the supporters on the day who cheered us on, thank you.


Hampton Hill CC turn up the heat

On the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures topping 33c Hampton Hill CC turned up the heat on visitors Bushy Park Girls in Carlisle Park (Hampton) yesterday. After restricting BPG U13s to a modest total of 59, Hampton Hill kept cool heads to reach their target of 60 in the 11th over.

Hampton Hill U12s won the toss and put Bushy Park Girls into bat and it wasn’t long before they hit a rich vein of form. Their opening bowler Ellie sent 3 Bushy Park batswomen back to the safety of the shade and young firebrand Max Ratcliffe kept the fightback at bay with a wicket maiden. As Bronnie Polley watched her batting partners come and go she carved out a calm and assured 15 runs (highest BPG score). The middle order put up some more resistance with Issy Ryan (6 runs), Jessamy Low and latterly Emma Nunn who staunched the earlier wounds inflicted by Hampton Hill but it was Lucy Barton who stole the show in the later stages with a 9 run cameo. It was a timely innings by both Barton and Ryan (partnership – 21 runs), who say farewell to Bushy Park Girls this season. This has been Issy Ryan’s debut season with BPG but she has become a firm favourite in the team with her golden arm in the field. In comparison Lucy Barton has been with Bushy Park Girls since its inception, she has been a wonderful servant to the club and this was a fitting way for her to sign off.

Hampton Hill were the most miserly (in terms of extras) of all the boy’s teams that Bushy Park Girls have played this year, from U11 to U13 sides, in all leagues and friendlies. Although Bushy Park Girls bowled well against a very assured Hampton Hill side the target of 60 was always within their grasp. True to form BPG never gave up and it is with great credit that they charged-in with purpose, openers Cerys Tudor-Owen (14 runs/2overs) and Jessamy Low (1 wicket/11 runs/2 overs) were ably supported by a fiery spell by Ella Waldren (7 runs/2 overs). Paige Goodwin (8 runs, 2 overs), Molly Bartlett (5 runs, 1 over) and Millie MacEacharn (8 runs, 1 over) fought hard to restrict Hampton Hill. Thank you to Amelie Munday who kept wicket in her full gear despite the heat. The final over of the match was bowled by Lucy Barton and although this was her last game for Bushy Park Girls we hope this is not the last we see of her. There is talk of a Bushy Park Women’s side being planned and it would be honour to see her play once again for the BPG.

Congratulations to Hampton Hill CC on a fine performance with both bat and ball. Thank you to Dave Waldren and David Mackinney for umpiring, and to Ian, Gavin and Alban for scoring. A special mention to Andrea Polley for refreshing us on what was a sweltering but enjoyable evening.

Ickenham CC blow up a storm

Today (17/07/2016) Bushy Park Girls Under 13s forwent their Sunday morning lie-in to play Ickenham CC in the MCA Girls League. The current state of the girls league means that BPG U13 has not even faced one opponent with a full side of girls yet and unfortunately this was the case of Ickenham too. Although the home side conceded the match both sides were keen to play a ‘competitive’ game, and while Ickenham played with a healthy number of under 15s in amongst their under 13s, Bushy Park Girls had one senior player in their midst with Becs Johnson keeping wicket.

BPG captain Abigail Avery won the toss and put Ickenham into bat. The hosts’ batting was strong throughout and several batswomen were retired in their prime. Although Ickenham dominated the BPG attack the visitors bowling was accurate but never penetrating, and Ickenham reached their final total of 89 without losing a wicket. Bowling figures were Jessamy Low (9 runs/3 overs), Erin Goodwin (10 runs/2 overs), Emma Sloan (10 runs/2 overs), Molly Bartlett (8 runs/2 overs), Ruby Wilkinson (11 runs/2 overs), Evie Davies (12 runs/2 overs), Chiara Mildon (6 runs/1 over), Emma Bridge (5 runs/2 overs), Abigail Avery (5 runs/2 overs). A special mention must go to Bridge and Avery who both bowled Maiden overs in the final overs.

Bushy Park Girls immediately came under pressure in their batting reply and the Ickenham opening bowler Domi ran through the BPG top order with a devastating spell of 5 wickets for 0 runs in 2.2 overs. Not all was lost, a resolute stand of 16 runs between Erin Goodwin and Emma Bridge brought the total up to 31 for 7 but it was Jessamy Low and Goodwin who powered Bushy Park Girls to within striking distance of the win. Unfortunately Low fell in the 17th over for a fine score of 17 runs, and Goodwin in the subsequent over for 11 runs. The fire in the BPG innings was eventually extinguished just 9 runs short, not by the tropical rain that swept the ground in the final over but by Storm Domi and her gale force bowling.

Congratulations to Ickenham on their win and Domi on her wonderfully miserly five-for. Well done to all our Bushy Park Girls who were playing way above their age group limit but got within a whisker of the win. Thank you to Mark and Tracey for umpiring and Alban and Anna for scoring. Never forgetting the parents who also sacrificed their lie-ins this morning to get the girls to Ickenham on time.