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.

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Waldegrave School U13 Outer London indoor champs

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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.

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!

 

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.