U16 Bushy Park Tournament heats up

It has been a frustrating year for the Under 15 girls with a swathe of fixtures conceded by opponents. Luckily many of the girls have been able to play in the MCA Boys league but yesterday they had an opportunity to play some of the finest female cricketers in Middlesex. With only 3 teams contesting this year’s Bushy Park July Tournament, it was a winner-takes-all shootout between Ealing, North Middlesex and Bushy Park Girls.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_4_50%Ealing vs Bushy Park Girls
The eight strong BPG batted first with openers Ella Waldron and Pubudika Punchihewa making a welcome return to the fold. Waldron has taken time out of cricket to pursue her football career while Punchihewa had been following more studious pursuits. Ealing struck with the first ball and from then on BPG were on the back foot. All the girls made a contribution but it was hard going against a well drilled Ealing attack. Jess Low managed a boundary before her departure and Simrat Khaira dug in, accumulating the second highest score of the innings. BPG salvation came in the form of Erin Goodwin, her innings of 23 was the highest of the whole match and she showed her class with a series of fours from powerful strokes. What would BPG do without Goodwin? She is one BPG ‘s most loyal and hardworking cricketers.  Bushy Park Girls finished on 62 for 8 in 13.5 overs.

On paper this should have been an easy task for Ealing against a depleted Bushy Park Girls but Waldron had other things on her mind. Her first over included a wicket and just one run. Her second was a wicket maiden and Ealing were rocking on 6 for 2 after 3 overs. Khaira struck in the her first (and only) over and with a run out by a Punchihewa/Khaira combo Ealing were in more trouble at 12 for 4 in the 5th over. Ealing rebuilt and slowly they worked their way up towards the BPG total. Jess Low kept wicket and was a little more Bruce Grobbelaar than Bruce French, idiosyncratic and entertaining in her approach. Unfortunately the total was always within Ealing’s reach and they scooted past in the 12th over.

Ealing vs North Middlesex
In the midday heat the best girls teams in North and West London slugged it out. Ealing scored a big total and North Middlesex could never quite live with the ever increasing required run rate. Fair play to North Middx they went for it and you can’t dispute their courage. They were helped out by Sophia Stapleton-Parslow, Emily Bryce and Jess low because they too were short of players.

Ealing won and lifted the trophy. U16 Champions! Congratulations to a fine side, with some very capable and accomplished cricketers.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_2_50%North Middlesex vs Bushy Park Girls
The last match of the tournament was a pleasant and cheerful affair, a great advert for the game of cricket. Despite the relentless heat, the mercury pushing beyond 30 degrees at the crease, no tempers threatened to boil over. North Middlesex batted first with two of their players comfortably running their scores into the twenties. Pubudika Punchihewa found some of her old magic with a double wicket maiden in her first over. The first wicket was clean bowled and the second a catch for wicketkeeper Emily Bryce. Laura Kimber got her first wicket for Bushy Park Girls, bowling the dangerous North Middlesex opener. Not to be outdone Izzy Morton also bagged her debut wicket and bowled a maiden over too. North Middlesex scored 75 for 4 in 15 overs.

Bushy Park Girls batted with desire and purpose in reply. They wanted to end their year with a bang. Sophia Stapleton-Parslow showed what a difference a season of batting in the middle can make. Here is a girl who showed real confidence, hitting some beautiful straight shots and racking up a rapid 12. Emily Bryce’s innings of 10 carried her beyond the century mark for BPG this season. Her good performances have bookended the season for the Under 15s.

It was another day of ‘long handle’ cricket for Jess Low. Her innings of 26* carried her into new territory. Known in her younger days as a bowler she is now the highest run scorer for BPG in 2018 with 225 runs, topping the U15 averages with 37.5. The win was in safe hands as Punchihewa and Khaira built a steady partnership, they finished the innings with the careful accumulation of 11 singles. Bushy Park Girls reached 77 for 2 in the 12th over.

2018_07_15_U16_BP_Tournament_3_33%Congratulations to Ealing CC on winning the tournament and to North Middlesex CC for upholding the spirit of cricket. Thank you to the two Ealing girls (Caroline and Keisha) who stayed behind to help with the final game. Thanks to all the umpires, scorers, scoreboard monitors and helpers throughout the day. And finally to NPL CC for hosting another successful tournament.

Check out the full BPG stats HERE.




Ealing Empire Strikes Back as Coppin Stars

2018_05_18_Ealing_library_photo_lost_33%Bushy Park Girls CC took the early spoils last month against Ealing CC but it was the turn of the West London outfit to flex theirs muscles in this U15 MCA Girls League encounter. On a balmy sunny evening at Teddington CC (18/05/2018) BPG came up against a powerful Ealing side that included their county and U15 stars. Although Bushy Park Girls fought hard it was the Ealing empire that came away worthy winners.

Ealing won the toss and put Bushy Park Girls into bat. With a mix up in personnel, and several girls still in transit to the ground it was an evolving batting line up. Kerrie-Ann D’Cunha and Abigail Avery (11) opened, the latter starting with a brace of fours. Jess Low, Ruby Wilkinson and Priya Chana followed, trying to take the fight to Ealing. The performance of the evening belonged to Amy Coppin at No.5. Her swashbuckling style was unconventional but highly effective as she reached her highest BPG score ever. Coppin finished on 23 not out and was ably accompanied by a sprightly Simrat Khaira (7) and Eve Abbott (7*). With the blade of Coppin’s bat swishing through the air like Zorro’s sword Bushy Park Girls reached 82 for 6 in their 15 overs.

In reply Bushy Park Girls bowled well but it wasn’t quite enough against a determined and talented Ealing side. Low opened with an economical spell (2 overs/9 runs) alongside Paige Goodwin (2o/20r), who had to rush to the BPG rescue after helping out at NPL Allstars. Her sister Erin Goodwin (1o/12r) and Eve Abbott (2o/13r) had also responded to the late call and sacrificed their Friday nights to help their club side. Thank you girls, we value your dedication and unselfish attitude. Both Simrat Khaira (2o/10r) and Iris Saunders (2o/13r) continued their good bowling form from Tuesday night. D’Cunha was nimble behind the stumps, and there were several close run out appeals, including a successful one in the 3rd over. Captain Avery (1o/4r) rolled the dice one last time before Ealing reached 82 for 1 at the end of the 12th over.

Congratulations to Ealing on an excellent win with a very fine team. The U15 Middlesex title that Bushy Park Girls won last year should be safe in Ealing’s hands come the end of the season. Thank you to James and Bob for umpiring, to Sandeep for scoring, and to Lauren for looking after the girls.

Full BPG stats can be found HERE.

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.

1 run win for Under 15s at Ealing CC

2017_06_19_Ealing_win_3a_33%After some car lift jiggery pokery somewhat to the manager’s surprise 11 BPG turned up at a sun drenched Ealing ground on Monday to play an eagerly awaited crunch match against our friends and rivals. After some relaxing in the shade and consuming tea/dinner the girls were well fuelled for the coming match. Captain Lauren won the toss and chose to bat hoping the team could build a big score.

However things didn’t get off to the best of starts as we lost a wicket 2nd ball and then another in the 3rd over, to opposition captain Hannah, to leave us on 7-2. Visions of the friendly match earlier in the season, against the same opponents, which saw us 14-7 crossed everyone minds.

In at 4 was the captain’s younger sister Abi. We could only hope there would be fewer disagreements than at home!  A few balls later that notion went out the window. Abi not sure where the ball had gone (a few feet next to her!) called for a suicide run. Big sis Lauren says “No!” Little sis calls “Yes!”. “No!” from the other end again. By this time Abi is in no mans land. Turning to go back as the wicket keeper tries 3 times to pick the ball up finally manages it, throws at the stumps from 2 yards and misses!! By such fine margins games are won or lost.
Fortunately the pair put this little setback behind them and consolidated taking the score to 47 at the drinks break of 10 overs. After the break they pushed the score along with a mix of 4s and singles until Lauren had to retire on reaching 30. This brought in Millie Mac who confidently hit her first ball to the boundary. Together they accelerated until Abi to had to retire on 30. Emma came in but soon after was undone by one of those balls you sometimes get at Ealing that shoot along the ground. Unfortunately this one was straight! Looking for the big shot Millie Mac also succumbed LBW and it was left to Ella and Pubudika to bat the last 2/3 overs and take the team to the final score of 110-4. Challenging but somehow did not feel quite enough unless we bowled and fielded well.

Ella (4-1-18-1)and Pubudika (4-0-17-0) opened the bowling for BPG and kept things tight for the first 2 overs. Ella’ second over was a liquorice allsorts affair but most importantly she bowled a cracking ball to dismiss the dangerous Ealing captain Hannah.   Abi (4-0-23-1) replaced Ella to bowl the other opener. Cerys (3-0-20-1) forced the other U15 county player into giving a sharp catch to Lauren and then Abi ran out the Middlx U13 WK pinging the ball into Amelie who did the honours with the gloves. At the other end Ealing’s number 3 Sofia continued to find the gaps and despite giving a chance ended up retiring when she reached 30. At the halfway mark we had taken 4 wickets but more worryingly the score was 66 and they only required another 45.

2017_06_19_U11_vs_ealing_1b_50%After the break Millie (2-0-10-2), Phoebe(3-0-8-1) and Ella put a bit of a break on the Ealing scoring helped by tighter fielding and Glady (in her first league game for BPG), Priya and Pubudika patrolling the boundaries. Wickets fell. Run outs for Lauren and Cerys. Another catch for Lauren off Phoebe’s bowling. Millie’s tight bowling picking up 2 wickets at the other end. However this meant Ealing were 9 wickets down allowing the dangerous Sofia back to the crease. With 3 overs left they needed 16.

These last overs were entrusted to Pubudika and Abi . Pubudika’s first was right on the money and conceded only 3 runs. 12 off 2.  Abi’s first 4 balls were on the spot but after taking a fierce drive from Sophia on the ankle a 4 came off the 5th ball. 8 were needed off the last over and the tension was high.  Dot ball but then a 4 as Sophia turned the ball behind square. Another dot ball and then a single. Sophia off strike and 3 needed. Dot ball and 3 needed off the last ball. Nearly all the fielders were on the boundary as the ball was run down between point and third man. They ran one and turned for 2 as Abi raced off the boundary and threw to Amelie who triumphantly broke the stumps with their last player 2 yards short.  Q mass celebration and your umpire and reporters blood pressure finally returned to something close to normal!

Well done to Sophia from Ealing who finished the match with an excellent 41 not out and almost took her side to victory. Congratulations though to all the girls. Everyone played their part and contributed to an excellent win and a great game which will long be remembered. One league match to go putting us in a strong position to win the West area league.

Thanks to Jacqs and Bob for mastering the scoring and James Grigg and Ealing who, as usual, were excellent hosts and provided a tight and competitive game.

Lucky Thirteen for U15s at Wembley CC

2017_05_28_vs_Wembley_U15_win_a_50%ONE winner, Bushy Park Girls.
TWO catches for Ellie Lord in the field.
Thirty THREE runs Not Out for the talented Lauren Avery.
FOUR fours for Abigail Avery in her quick fire batting innings, ultimately scoring 22 Not Out before retiring.
FIVE runs conceded and 2 wickets taken for Priya Chana as she bowled her way to being the top wicket taker in the Under 15s.
SIX runs came from Cerys Tudor Owen’s fast 2 over spell but she cashed in with 3 good wickets too.
SEVEN singles in Millie MacEacharn’s 31 Not Out and a wicket from the final ball of her 2 over bowling spell.
EIGHT runs smashed by Jess Low in the final over of BPG’s innings.
NINE runs scored in a cameo performance by Ella Waldron, batting at No.3.
TEN dot balls in Paige Goodwin’s 3 over spell, with a run out in the opening over of the match.
ELEVEN scoring shots in Amelie Munday’s blistering 33 Not Out
TWELVE balls bowled in Simrat Khaira’s 2 overs and an inspiring triple wicket maiden to celebrate.
THIRTEEN Wembley CC wickets taken in the match from THIRTEEN overs bowled by Bushy Park Girls CC.

FORTY THREE runs scored by Wembley.

ONE HUNDRED and EIGHTY runs scored by Bushy Park Girls in 20 overs.

Unlimited pleasure from seeing the Wembley Girls in the field. Thank you to John and Ross for umpiring, Alban and Rina for scoring, and Wembley CC for hosting us.

BPG Stats are HERE



Ealing CC vanguard fire an early warning

Traditionally the BPG under 15s start off with a early season friendly, last year it was against a NPLCC boy’s team but yesterday (12/05/2017) it was versus arch-rivals Ealing CC. For five of the Bushy Park girls this was a first appearance this season and a few of the winter cobwebs were yet to be brushed off. Ealing U15s won this early skirmish in some style but there were still harbingers of hope in the BPG ranks.

2017_05_12_vs_Ealing_friendly_loss_50%Ealing CC won the toss and put Bushy Park Girls, captained by Ellie Lord, into bat. As the sun set over the Duke of Clarence’s former residence, Bushy House, the home team’s innings was also plunged into darkness. A devastating spell of bowling from Ealing’s top four bowlers left Bushy Park Girls reeling on 13 for 6 in only the sixth over. A serious rebuilding phase was needed and Pubudika Punchihewa was the woman for the job. She constructed two 15 run partnerships with both Emma Sloan and Paige Goodwin. With momentum behind them Punchihewa guided her young counterpart Jessamy Low in a 33 run stand that saw Bushy Park Girls reach 76 for 9. This was a perfectly timed innings from Punchihewa who despite being given LBW on the final ball of the allotted 20 overs can be very proud of the 40 runs she scored.

2017_05_12_vs_Ealing_friendly_loss_Pub_33%It was a busy time for Bushy Park Girls’ top scorer Pubudika Punchihewa as she opened the bowling alongside Ella Waldron. Both found it hard to control the ball in the early stages but Waldron returned later in the innings to claim a wicket maiden in the 15th over (3 overs, 1 maiden, 12 runs, 1 wicket). Jessamy Low put the brakes on the Ealing scoring with a maiden before Priya Chana and Abigail Avery also bowled good opening overs. With wickets need Emma Sloan (2 overs, 8 runs, 1 wicket) bowled Ealing’s most dangerous batswoman before Amelie Munday pocketed a catch behind the stumps from the bowling of Phoebe Head (2 overs, 7 runs, 1 wicket). With the game slipping out of reach Millie MacEacharn ( 2 overs, 11 runs, 1 wicket) slowed the Ealing chase with a wicket in the 16th over but it was too little too late unfortunately. Ealing CC reached their target in the 18th over (77 for 4) and took the early season bragging rites.

Congratulations to Ealing CC Under 15 Girls on a fine win. Thanks to Mark and Lance for umpiring, and to Jason and Alban for scoring.

BPG Stats are HERE

U15 Middlesex Indoor Tournament

u15_indoor_tournament_1aBushy Park Girls U15 Middlesex Indoor Tournament Saturday 21st January 2017

On one of the coldest days of the year those of us who thought an indoor tournament was going to be the warmer option were mistaken.  The Play On sports venue in Whitechapel was our destination for the afternoon and I strongly suspect it may have been slightly warmer outside than in.  Most of the 9 Bushy Park girls representing the U15s (more than half the girls helping out from our lower age groups) had some experience of this fast paced indoor game from previous years so were already aware of the finer details and unlikely to get caught out with the ball being mostly in live play as we have in previous years.

The first of our four games was against North Middlesex and the girls.  The opening five overs saw some solid bowling and not too many runs given away however, the first breakthrough came with a run out off Paige’s bowling.  Abi and Pubidika closed the innings down not giving away any runs with North Middlesex setting 39 for Bushy Park to chase down.  Millie and Paige settled the nerves with a solid opening, Millie smacking the opening delivery for 4.  Emma and Pryia followed with more confident batting and chipped away at the 39.  Pubidika and Hannah struggled to hit anything as was mostly no balls and wides however, leaving our final pair of Abi and Jess with 10 to win which they easily knocked off and ended our innings with 48.

u15_indoor_tournament_2aThe second game was against Ealing and a much tougher opponent and we fielded first again.  Molly stepped in this game and a catch taken from her bowling was the first wicket in the fourth over.  Jess had a great direct hit run out off Pubidika’s bowling in the final over to hold Ealing to a score of 43.  Sadly, the girls missed out on the run chase and ended their innings on 25.  A loss that could be chalked up to Ealing’s very impressive fielding.

After a pep talk from Mark and Ted about the importance of calling and not getting out (minus 5) and some refreshments (I think a couple of large bags of haribos may have disappeared during this half hour break)

Next up was Harrow Alliance when once again we put them in to bat.  The girls seemed to be renewed and Priya had an excellent over with two run outs both direct hits one from Millie and the other from Abi.  Hannah also bowled well in this game keeping the scores low with Harrow Alliance finishing on 32.  The runs were knocked off fairly quickly by the Bushy Park girls with Millie and Abi the final pair bringing the match to a close on 54.

The final game of the afternoon was against North London who proved too strong for us.  Notable efforts in the field in this match came from Molly who took a great catch off Pubidika’s bowling and Emma who had a very economical over but North London still managed to score 71.  Jess and Pubidika opened and scored a respectable 17 with just one run out, Emma and Molly did particularly well not to get any outs.  We ended the innings on 24 after a brave attempt at the end by Millie and Abi giving it all but sacrificing wickets to try and get the runs.

At the end of the day it was a great experience for the girls and roll on the summer and hopefully warmer weather.

Teddington School U15 borough indoor champions

teddington_school_u15_borough_champions_1_50Last week (16/01/2017) Teddington School swept away the opposition in a dominant display of strength and skill to win the Richmond Borough U15 Indoor cricket tournament. They were joined by 3 other teams Grey Court (2nd), Twickenham Academy and Waldegrave in the Sports Centre at Teddington school.

Last year the invincible Teddington U13 girls team crushed all before them and several of these players have graduated to the senior side. The Teddington team included six Bushy Park Girls including Sadie Day, Lauren Avery, Cerys Owen, Lara Nunn, Amelie Munday and Ella Waldron. With three of these girls also playing for Middlesex CC it was no surprise to learn that they had won the title but to secure the laurels without even the loss of one wicket is truly awe inspiring.

The girls will now progress to the Outer London Schools tournament at the Middlesex Indoor school in Finchley. Good luck!


Danni Warren joins BPG coaching staff

Danni_Warren_2aBushy Park Girls CC are proud to announce the latest appointment to their coaching staff for the 2016 summer season. Middlesex coach Danni Warren will be joining the under 13 & 15 teams in her new role at the Teddington based club. Warren retired as a Middlesex Player last year, signing off in style with 4/55 vs Warwickshire Women. Her cricketing journey has seen her play locally for Gunnersbury WCC and now she is both a playing member of the MCC and Finchley Gunns CC.

Her experience and bowling skills will be a great benefit to the growing numbers of players at Bushy Park Girls. With ‘List A’ best bowling figures of 3-6 (T20) and 5-20 (limited overs) BPG president Natalie Raja is buoyant about the future of girl’s cricket in Bushy Park, “Danni’s cricketing experience is an invaluable asset to our club but she will also be a great role model and inspiration to all the girls who enjoy their cricket with us.”

Danni Warren (centre) with the Middlesex Women’s team

Warren has been working with the Middlesex County Girls sides since 2006, having previously coached the U13’s & U15’s she is now in charge of the U19 squad.  For the past 6 years she has delivered the Emerging Player Programme at Middlesex. The programme aims to develop home-grown talent so that they  can be recruited onto the professional staff and ultimately to have successful playing careers at List A and First Class level.