Under 10 (Gubby Allen)

Under 10 Gubby Allen Final 2022 Eastcote CC v North Middlesex CC

Played Sunday 21st August 2022 @ Ealing CC

Winners – Eastcote CC

The two best sides in Middlesex County contested the prestigious Gubby Allen Trophy at Ealing CC.  Thank you to MJCA and Ealing CC for organizing and hosting the day.  Both teams were well supported by parents, family, and friends.  North Middlesex CC won the toss and elected to field on a sporting grass pitch.  It was a matter of which team applied the pressure at the beginning of the match which was going to set the tone for the game.

Eastcote immediately did that by taking sharp singles and punishing the bad balls to the boundary. Playing the U10 pairs format can change the course of the game within overs but the first Eastcote batting pair made sure the advantage was gained early for the team and built a solid platform for the remaining pairs to consolidate and put on a winning score.  North Midd was able to produce some good cricket on the field and in the process took three Eastcote wickets.  Eastcote completed their innings on 176 for 3 net 161 runs.

During the North Midd batting innings, Eastcote were able to capture 13 wickets on a regular basis and unlike their opponents were able to dominate proceedings and apply the pressure due to the minus five runs deduction rule for each wicket.  North Midd completed their innings on 137 for 13 net 72 runs.

Eastcote thoroughly deserved the win with a strong all round performance but North Midd also deserved credit for their perseverance and both sides played in the sprit of the game fit for the Final. Cricket was the Winner!

Eastcote Squad:

Muhammad Dhalla, Pratham Patel, Jack Joshua, Divit Jain, Neil Naik, Ashmeet Rangan, Dwij Upadhyay, Dhruv Patel, Arnav Tyagi, Sulaiman Siddiqi, Shay Hirani.

Coach: Minesh Patel/Neel Patel

North Middlesex Squad:

Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, Rohan Bakrania, Alex McAleavy, Kamran Patel, Adi Chandramouli, Jake Coates, Aum Patel, Zach Siddiqi, Muhammad Haashir Hussain, Adam Bashir.

Coach: Ian McAleavy/ Tair Hussain

Under 11 County Cup

Under 11 County Cup Final 2022 Harrow St Marys CC v Finchley CC

Winners – Harrow St Marys CC

Finchley won the toss and chose to field first.

A brilliant start sees Arjun Mehta pick up a wicket in the first over of the game. However, things started to swing in Finchley’s direction shortly after. HSM giving away a lot of extras (40 in total) and Finchley’s number 2 and 3 (Rayaan 39 and Rishi 14) looking good saw Finchley pile on the runs. It took an unplayable ball from Atiksh to remove Rishi and a run out from Saif to remove Rayaan. This helped in restricting Finchley to 119. An above average score on this wicket.

Finchley started off incredibly. Accurate and fast bowling from their quicks saw the HSM top order crumble. HSM were 32-5 from 7.5 overs. I think everyone thought this game was done and dusted. However as long as opener Rishane was at the crease, Finchley knew this was far from done. Rishane decided it was time to take the attack to the opposition. Great thinking to walk down the track and put the bowlers off their lengths started the chase. Some incredible shot making and a great cameo from Prateek (20) saw HSM to a position from which they could win. However, they still had an over to see out from opener Rishi Mehta. Young Atiksh took the task on and saw out the over. This allowed Rishane to attack in the 19th over. A couple boundaries saw HSM to victory and an innings he or anyone else who witnessed it will never forget of 63* from 46 balls.

HSM win the county cup final!


Under 11 County League Knock Out

Under 11 County League Knock Out Final 2022 Harrow St Marys CC v Finchley CC

Winners – Harrow St Marys CC

On one of the hottest days of the year and after an amazing cup final between HSM and Finchley we’re at Teddington CC for a rematch and the u11 league playoff final!  The boys were in for a tough day with the temperature. HSM won the toss and decided to field first. A bold decision to go out into the field in this heat!  The game started off well for HSM keeping the run rate down and picking up 2 wickets in the first 10 overs. However, the runs started to flow after the drinks break. Rayaan 54* and Elliott 28 put on a great partnership which saw Finchley post a total of 134 from their 20 overs.

HSM openers knew this was going to be tough. Especially as Rishane (w) had been under the lid for 20overs and Arjun having just bowled 4 overs for 22 and picking up 2 wickets.  A steady and watchful start saw both batsman get themselves in. Slowly pushing the rate as the overs went on. An amazing run chase done with great maturity saw both batsman finish not out. Rishane 55* and Arjun 48*. HSM win by 10wickets having chased the runs in 17.3 overs.

A great season for this team having won both the league and cup. A first for Harrow St Mary’s history at Under 11!

Under 12 County League Knock Out

Under 12 County League Knock Out Final 2022 Teddington CC v Hampstead CC

Winners – Teddington CC

Finals day was finally here! The excitement and anxiety were high both in the team and the parents.

Hampstead won the toss and elected to field. The ground was still wet from the rain overnight and earlier that morning, so our captain was happy Hampstead had elected to field.

The game started with Hampstead’s opening bowler bowling the 1st ball full. Teddington opening batsman Ashton blocked this ball. The 2nd ball was bowled at a good length just off. Ashton edged the ball straight to the wicket keeper’s hands. A great start for Hampstead.  The Teddington side were still feeling buoyant even with loss of such an early wicket.  The dismissal of our other opener, Archit in the 1st over did however shock the team. Both our openers had been dismissed in the 1st over.  Hampstead were off to a wonderful start.  Daniel and Pavan (Teddington Captain) were in a lot earlier than expected to steady the ship.  The pair made a 72 partnership until Daniel was dismissed in the 12th over.  Ryan went in only to unfortunately be dismissed on the 1st ball.  Gurjas went in with a nervy start having seen some of his teammates struggle to deal with the conditions. With the captain on the other end, they managed to build up another partnership and keep the run rate ticking along until the final over.  In the final over, the Teddington side wanted to push to get as many runs as possible. With some high-risk running Gurjas was run out; however, we had wickets in hand. With 3 balls left, Jez went in but was run out at the non-striker’s end pushing for an extra run. Manraj in with 2 balls left facing. A run made off a bye. Final ball with Pavan to face…The run the final ball with Manraj being dismissed.   Teddington had managed to put 130 on the board. Was it enough? A few members of the team felt it was below par. It had been a hard innings for Teddington to put 130 on the board with the ground still damp.

The Hampstead batsmen came in looking to avoid an early loss of wickets, having seen Teddington drop wickets early in the innings. Teddington started well not allowing the Hamstead batsmen to score at a high run rate with some great bowling and fielding. Teddington were looking sharp in the field. Nothing was getting past Zac, Ethan or Arin today. They were letting nothing through to the boundary today with Hampstead only being allowed to make their first 4 in the 6th over. Teddington’s captain was still keen to take wickets on top of restricting Hamstead’s run rate and tried a number of bowling changes. However, the wicket only came in the 12th over with the Hampstead opening partnership of 54 being broken with a great catch. Teddington also managed to get another wicket in the same over. Teddington needed to keep the bowling and fielding tight to ensure the required run rate kept climbing, taking the game away from Hampstead. Hampstead however were not going to go down without a fight. They had wickets in hand and the Hampstead batsmen started pushing up the run rate. The required run rate was still over 11 when Teddington had another breakthrough at the start of the 17th over. By the end of the 17th over that required run rate had gone to over 13.  The 18th over went for 12 runs, keeping the title within Hampstead’s reach. Another good over from Teddington in the 19th with a wicket as well meant Hampstead needed 25 to win in the final over.  A great effort from the Hampstead team in the final over.

Teddington U12’s had Won! The celebrations began!

Under 13 County Cup

Under 13 County Cup Final 2022 Hampstead CC v Ealing CC

Winners – Hampstead CC

The writer apologises for the unevenness of this report, having missed the second half of the match due to the drama described below.  It’s Hampstead on the 22nd of June…. Back when summer 2022 was still popping by for a quick beer after work but then slinking off home before 7.30, leaving winter and spring to fight over Rajni’s hot chocolate. An Ealing Cup Final had felt inevitable for a little while, and everyone knew there was no room for sloppiness against a side stacked with talent and discipline.

Penny and the boys in green were characteristically prompt, their pre-match drills a familiar and impressive routine. Arran won the toss and was confident trusting Hampstead’s strong fielding unit to defend runs on the board. But first HCC had to the post a total, and it was tough going. The Ealing opening bowler Yajur is a top-drawer county paceman, and he and opening partner Nathan kept Arran pretty quiet for the first few overs. Joe was watchful at first, then connected for a couple of boundaries to get things moving before he was caught trying to push the pace further. First-change bowlers were also on the money, and after 7 overs Hampstead had made just 33. They were stop-start through the middle overs, but Arran cashed in on a cautious start to get his last 17 runs from 8 balls before retiring on 31. Subhan found his best touch too, making his own 30 n.o. while Adam, Ray and Angus departed at the other end for modest contributions. 85-4 from 15, and it felt a bit light. But HCC ended on a high when Eliel’s muscle – including a clean, straight six into Jim and Imelda’s garden – combined with Subhan’s timing to get the side to a credible, but slightly uncomfortable 124.

Eliel, Dia, Hrithik and Winnie repaid Arran’s decision to bat first by bowling with pace and accuracy to keep a lid on the Ealing scoring: 30-1 after 7. During the 8th over the Hampstead manager – your reporter today – had to make a hasty exit when his youngest son cut open his head on the batting cage and was taken away in an ambulance, breathlessly watching the progress of the chase on Play-Cricket and WhatsApp. Aadvik set a platform with an impressive 35no. Ealing’s middle order stood tall with runs for Armaan, Veer, Ryan and a rapid 12 for Nicholas Lewis getting Ealing within shouting distance of the win.

In the end the finish was marred with controversy when a Hampstead fielder tumbled to haul in a boundary ball at the far end of the field, leaving both sides convinced they had victory. According to the Laws, the win and the County Cup went to Hampstead on the trusted word of the fielder. The ECB umpires and our coaches worked hard to defuse a difficult situation, but the celebrations on both sides were muted. After some cack-handed interventions by yours truly trying to restore goodwill in the aftermath, the boys and girls resolved their differences with grace and maturity at a league playoff fixture 10 days later, won by Ealing.

Hampstead did Middlesex proud in the subsequent Vitality U13 National Cup, progressing past Surrey (Esher), Oxfordshire (Tiddington) and Essex (Harold Wood) before a quarter-final loss to the Sonning Scorchers, eventual runners-up in the competition. Thanks to our club, coaches, opponents and the county for a great season.

Under 13 County League Knockout

Under 13 County League Knockout Final 2022 Stanmore v Ealing CC

Winners – Stanmore CC

On a hot sunny Sunday afternoon at Teddington CC, you could not have scripted the way the match was about to be played out! Stanmore lost the toss, and were asked to bowl. Ealing started their innings at a good steady pace, however Stanmore continued to take wickets throughout the innings, in restricting total to a chasable score.  Bowlers, Aahil and Josh picked up key wickets throughout the innings, with Krish also picking up a crucial wicket. Our wicket keeper, Rhian was brilliant behind the stumps, taking 3 catches and a stumping, to support his bowlers in the extreme heat.  A classy 100 knock by Ealing’s opener batsman, enabled Ealing to finish their innings on 140 for 5.  Great team effort to restrict Ealing to 140.

Ealing opening bowlers bowled well in restricting Stanmore’s batsman to scoring 9 off the first 5 overs. After losing our openers, Anish got impetus into our innings, by scoring a rapid 45 off 31 balls. A crucial knock in our chase, who was well supported by Aahil and Rhian.  Game was a nail biter, with Stanmore batsman hanging on to keep up with the ever increasing run rate.  Stanmore needed, 55 runs off the last 5 overs and then 24 off 2 overs!  It came down to the last over, where 15 runs were required. Stanmore managed to keep themselves in the match, which went down to the last ball, and required 4 runs to win!  Unbelievably…..Dian scored the four runs, however not via the conventional way….Stanmore’s batsman, Dian and Shaurya, ran four runs to win the game for Stanmore!!  Jubilant parents went crazy on the sides, with players and coach running onto the pitch to congratulate both batsman!

What a match….Best ever to have witnessed and been involved in.  Commiserations to Ealing, who played their part in an unforgettable final.  Huge congratulations to Stanmore on a remarkable match, that had twists and turns throughout the match. A great moment for our captain Rian, when collecting the treasured Wilkinson Sword Trophy.

Under 14 County League Knockout

Under 14 County League Knockout Final 2022 Sunbury CC v Ealing CC

Winners – Ealing CC

Ealing won the toss against Sunbury, a team they’d lost the U11 Middlesex final to in 2019 and also the U13 Middlesex quarter-final last year. Looking for a change of fortunes they decided to bowl first this time around. Tom Kottler took the new ball and made a breakthrough in his first over dismissing opener Tyrone Visvakula for 0. Tom then picked up the other opener, Matthew Gillespie, in his 2nd over and when Yajur Prasad bowled Euan Amyatt-Leir in the 4th over of the match Sunbury had been reduced to 13-3. Ealing started to believe that this time around it could be different as both batsman, who had done so much to beat them in previous encounters, had now gone cheaply. Wickets continued to fall but an enterprising knock from Sunbury’s Tom Goldney picked up the run rate and kept Sunbury in the match. Ealing captain Rohan Paul had kept himself back for this possibility and decided to bring himself on to try and stem the flow of runs. This had the desired effect, albeit via a run out that put paid to Tom’s cameo as he was dismissed for a run a ball 22. Rohan immediately picked up the wicket of Zach Barnes before the spinners Amaad Bilal and Noah Lovell completed the job of bowling out Sunbury for 64 in 13.1 overs.

In reply, openers Jake Bridge and Tom Kottler got Ealing off to a good start before Tom fell to a catch in the deep off Matthew Gillespie. Aadvik Navad came in at 3 and batted sensibly to ensure that there was no collapse. When Aadvik fell to Zach Barnes in the 8th over with the score on 44 it was left to Noah Lovell and opener Jake (26*) to see it home, which they did relatively comfortably considering the quality bowling from Sunbury. Had Sunbury batted the full 20 overs then it would have been a very different game but 64 was never enough and Ealing finally beat Sunbury in a competitive match to win the U14 Middlesex cup.

Under 15 County Cup

Under 15 County Cup Final 2022 Ealing CC v Winchmore Hill CC

Winners – Ealing CC

Ealing would play Winchmore Hill in the U15 County Cup Final at Corfton Road on 23rd June. It was warm summer evening and both teams came into the fixture with high confidence. Ealing had beaten Hampstead in the semi-final, whilst Winchmore Hill had a tied game against Richmond in their respective semi-final, but went through courtesy of losing less wickets.  With Richmond being Ealing’s bogey team in previous seasons gone by, we knew that a team that had got past Richmond would be no walk in the park. For this reason we could not take them lightly

The two captains, Absar Muhammad (Ealing) and Joshua Luke (Winchmore Hill) went out to toss and Winchmore Hill called correctly and made no hesitation in wanting to bat first.  Ealing would have opted to bat first had the toss gone our way.  The deck was nice and flat and the outfield at Corfton Road was like dynamite, as it had been all season.  My instructions to the players were nice and simple; keep it tight in the field, keep applying the pressure, bowl to your field, don’t give away easy runs.  Let’s restrict Winchmore Hill to under 120

The opening pair of Rohan Paul and Jamie Feldman could not have bowled any better. They bowled with great pace and movement and didn’t give Winchmore Hill anything to work with.  With next to nothing being scored in the first 16 balls,  Joshua Luke hit the ball straight to mid-off and called Jacob Bowen through for a suicidal single. With a a rocket throw from Noah Lovell to the striker’s end, Ryaan Hussain took the ball cleanly and whipped the bails off in a flash with Jacob Bowen well short of his crease.  When Rohan and Jamie had finished their initial spell of 3 overs each, only 17 runs had been scored and 3 wickets had gone down. A superb opening bowling effort from both players.  Bad news followed for Winchmore Hill by having to contend with the spin bowling efforts of Priyatam Kantilal and the swing bowling of Zuhayr Khan.  The 5 overs between them only leaked 11 runs, and Winchmore Hill knew that they were now over the halfway mark and needed to step up the pace.  Winchmore Hill’s number 3 batter, Samuel Giles then took some calculated risks which paid off. He crossed 50 from 41 balls, and was forcefully retired as per the rules.  But with wickets tumbling around him, notably Noah Lovell ripping through the middle order, Winchmore Hill were always behind the eight ball.  Winchmore Hill finished their 20 overs on 97 all out.  A score we definitely would have taken at the start of the day’s play.

But we knew the job was only half done.  My instructions to the batters were to stay ahead of the rate, and if there is a chance to finish the game off early, then do exactly that.  Aidan Brooke opened the batting alongside Absar Muhammad and they both batted with intent.  Ealing showed Winchmore Hill exactly how to bat on that wicket and scored runs at will.  Absar brought up his 50 from 32 balls, and was forcefully retired. The others were able to bat around him and we knocked off the required total in the 14th over, with only 3 wickets down.

A superb effort from Ealing in all three disciplines meant we won the U15 County Cup trophy, and qualified for the national stages of the competition

Scorecard   https://www.play-cricket.com/website/results/5456410

Under 15 County League Knockout

Under 15 County League KO Final 2022 Indian Gymkhana CC v Harrow St Marys CC

Winners – Indian Gymkhana CC

Toss: HSMCC won the toss and elected to bowl. IGCC Skipper said they would have batted first had they won the toss considering the big game and to avoid playing under score board pressure. Whereas HSMCC seemed to have different ideas – the pitch was damp as it had been raining for the last few days, so good to get ideas about how the pitch was behaving.

IGCC started the inning with RH and LH combination of Vishnu and Anuj. The first two overs were dealt watchfully, which was a wise decision as ball was gripping the pitch making it difficult to time the ball contrary to what been seen all summer. Once they got the feel of how the pitch was behaving, the opening batters changed the gear to build up the run rate with some good stroke play. In the process first wicket fell – the match winner for quarter and semi final games – Vishnu could not time the flick which resulted in an easy catch at midwicket. Then came in Samarjeet, who along with Anuj displayed aggressive batting, both were toying the bowler with ease sending the ball to all corners of the ground including huge sixes over the long on and cow corner. HMSCC after initial tight bowling started losing the grip and were forced to bring in the spinners. The spinners – K Mehta & R Rudra challenged the batters with some tight line and length bowling, in the process of counter attacking, Samarjeet was stumped out by R Ruda on 31 to bring in Rushil. He made his intention clear that he was not going to let the spinners settle, going after any flight deliveries and cutting anything which was short. Rushil and Anuj had a quick 23 runs partnership before the impressive knock from Anuj came to end at 39 – caught behind by R Ruda. Then came in Anshul, both the batters quickly took the run rate northward before Anshul was C&B on 10 by K Mehta. Rushil then along with Abhinav and  Tarsh launched the final assault before getting out on 44 by Muraza. IGCC posted competitive 143.

HSMCC started their inning with a LH and RH combination of Karan and Rhys. IGCC started with left arm fast Anuj and off spinner Samarjeet to handle RH & LH batters. The tight line and length bowling soon resulted in a wicket -Karan caught at point by off spinner Samarjeet. Then came in stroke player Tejas just when HSMCC needed some quick runs as score was 12 in 4 overs. Also the bowling change got Rushil and Zaid into the attack who bowled very tight line and length drying out the runs drastically. HSMCC 26 in 8 overs and in dire need of some big shots from the two settled batters – Rhys and Tejas. Next bowling change – Charwick replaced Rushil. As expected the batters went after him scoring two boundaries however Charwick bounced back getting Tejas caught behind by a spectacular catch by keeper Vishnu, diving to right and managing to grab just a few millimetres above the ground. Another bowling change, in came Sukhman – right arm spinner. By now HSMCC were under immense score board pressure. In the pursuit of quick runs, 5 out of next 8 wickets fell as run out. Rhys fought a lost battle before being run out on 27. The Tail was wrapped up without any trouble to give IGCC a comprehensive win. The bowlers – Sukhman, Anshul , Abhinav and Kabir supported well to restrict the runs towards the end.

IGCC played as a team and deserved to be the winners.

Under 17 County Cup

Under 17 County Cup Final 2022 Indian Gymkhana CC v North Middlesex CC

Winners – Indian Gymkhana CC

North Middlesex won the toss and elected to bat. Indian Gymkhana started off well with Zayd Kapadi bowling out captain Will Frais with his third ball. NM recovered well with Jay Madan and Jai Chandra sharing a 41 run partnership which was broken by Samerjeet Singh’s off spin bowling Jay Maden for 20. Jai Chandra compiled 25 and was stumped smartly by Datta Vesireddy off Viren Nain to leave NM 60 for 4. Then Sebastian Sydenham took responsibility to post a compatible score for NM making 58 off 33 balls with 1 six and 8 fours. NM were all out in the final over for 146. Samerjeet Singh was the pick of the bowlers for IG taking 2 wickets for 17 in his four overs.

IG got off to a solid start in the run chase with Zayd Kapadi and Samerjeet Singh putting on 41 runs in 5 overs, this set the tone for the innings. Both were dismissed in the 6th over. That brought captain Datta Vesireddy and Viren Nain to the crease. Both showed great maturity and control in the run chase and put on 97 runs for the third wicket with Vasireddy out for 61(43 balls 4 sixes and 3 fours) trying to play a reverse sweep with 2 runs needed for victory. Nain remained 36 not out to see IG win by 7 wickets.

Under 17 County League Knockout

Under 17 County League Knockout Final 2022 Sunbury CC v Richmond CC

Winners – Sunbury CC

Sunbury won the toss and elected to bat. Richmond opened up with a spin attack, Subhan Ramzan and George Baldwin started off brightly with the bat. Ramzan was out for 22 when the score was 33, Fernando continued the aggressive batting but wkts did fall and Sunbury were 55-4 with Vansh Jani taking 3 wkts for 33 in his 4 overs.  Naavya Sharma and Ayush Dasghose then settled things down and kept the scoring rate reasonably high and took the score to 122 before Sharma was out for 34 and slightly more than a run a ball. More wickets fell but Dasghose saw Sunbury through to 153-8 with 39 not out.  Richmond had used an all spin attack with the other performances worth mentioning by Dilly Shori 2-21 and William Knowles 1-22 both off 4 overs.

Richmond openers Charles Nelson and Vansh Jani started very positively, taking runs off Ramzan but treating the spin of Naty Taylor with more respect. Ramzan was soon replaced by Kiral Gunawadena, the run rate was slowed a little, Sharma then took over from Taylor and broke the opening partnership when it was 69 by getting Nelson out for 30. At this point and later in the innings Richmond were in a strong position and probably favorite. Then the very dangerous Nikul Malik was well caught of Gunawadena for 9, Sharma was replaced after only one over by second spinner Dylan DeFerry. The run rate was now around 8 an over and with Jani out for 38 and Josh Dudley out for a bright better than run a ball 20.  The 4 overs from Gunawadena and the two overs from DeFerry at 6 an over each kept forcing the run rate up. A cameo by Indie Sherlock threatened to get Richmond on top but he was run out for 20 off 14 balls. With the run rate around the 10 an over mark, and then Sharma and Ramzan bowling the last 5 overs managed to close the game out, with Sharma making the difference with 2-28 off 4 overs.

A Sunbury win in a strongly fought game between two very good sides.

Girls Under 11 Hardball League

Girls Under 11 County League Winners 2022 Actonians CC

Winners – Actonians CC

For the first time Actonians entered the hardball league at this age group and the season proved to be a memorable one.

We started our league against Richmond with both teams showing a nervous start but Actonians girls showed off some of their ferocious bowling to earn a comfortable win.

Match 2 saw us come up against our local rivals Ealing which was always going to be the vital match and league decider. Actonians won the toss and decided to bowl first and after a slow start Ealing scored a respectable 96 from 15 overs. Actonians girls made a promising start from the opening few overs but credit to the well drilled Ealing bowlers, who were consistent with their deliveries, and slowed the run rate asking questions from the Actonians batters. Those questions were answered via Hannah Winter with 39 not out, the Actonians side won in the last over with their final batters at the crease. With a couple of girls unavailable this game special mention to Ava Gardiner who stepped in and made her debut and kept for the side in her first ever cricket match. This was an excellent game and some fantastic cricket on show from both teams which had parents, family and friends on the edge of their seats and a credit to both clubs for producing such sporting behaviour and high level cricket.

With Hampstead unable to field a team for our fixture Actonians knew a win against Bushy Park would see us as league winners. Actonians won the toss and elected to field on a sporting grass pitch.  It was a matter of which team applied the pressure at the beginning of the match which was going to set the tone for the game. Actonians immediately did that by taking quick wickets and the girls appeared to be up for the fight having Bushy Park all out for 56. The target was set and the Actonians girls did not disappoint taking the title with some sharp singles and punishing the bad balls to the boundary. Actonians caught Bushy Parks score in just seven overs to be crowned League champions. Actonians won the game with a strong all round performance but Bushy Park also deserved credit for their perseverance and both sides played in the spirit of the game fit for the final league match. Cricket was the Winner!

ACTONIANS HARDBALL PLAYERS: Alessa Andreou, Daisy Bal, Andrea Barrocas La Femina, Shea Behzadi, Freya Cornish, Freja Davies-Baker, Molly Ebdon, Eydie Field, Ava Gardiner, Ava Goult, Eleanora Guest, Caitlin Jones, Lara Leathem Fernandez, Alice Stone, Sienna Walji, Hannah Winter

COACHES: Bobby Behzadi, Kevin Mahoney


Girls Under 11 Softball County League Knockout

Girls Under 11 Softball County League Winners 2022 Highgate CC vs Ealing CC

Winners – ??



Girls Under 13 Hardball County League Knockout

Girls Under 13 Hardball County League Knockout Final 2022 Ealing CC v Richmond CC

Winners – Richmond CC

The future of Women and Girls Cricket at Richmond is in safe hands as the Under 13s followed in the footsteps of the U15 and U17 Girls by winning the U13 Hard Ball League on Sunday by beating Ealing in the Final. William Perkin School was once again the hosts to two sides who have already played twice this year. Richmond came out on top in both of those games and Ealing were looking to spoil their party by taking the all important final. Unsure whether to call it RichmondBall or not, like the Middlesex Youth Cup Final a few weeks ago, they won the toss, batted and played cautiously in the first 10 overs before Dhaliwal (53) and Wright (51 off 29 balls) piled them on in the second half of the innings as they set Ealing 148 to win from their 20 overs. In reply, didn’t get off to the best of starts, with the top 3 batters all falling for 0. Whilst Goodridge and Gandhi provided some resistance to the Richmond bowlers (all 9 of them!) to reach double figures, they were the only 2 batters to do so and in the end although they showed admirable resilience not to be bowled out, Ealing could only amass 66 in their 20 overs, giving Richmond their 3rd win over them this year and taking the Under 13 Hard Ball title.

Girls Under 13 Softball County League 

Girls Under 13 Softball County League 

Winners – Ealing CC

Girls Under 15 Hardball League Knockout

Girls Under 15 Hardball County League Knockout Final 2022 Richmond CC vs North London CC

Winners – Richmond CC

At an extraordinary Middlesex final at William Perkin school, Richmond defended a (slightly under par) total of 125 to beat North London by 8 runs. Richmond won the toss and elected to bat.  Ivreen and Amelia both batted v well and reached just over 50 in 9 overs.  But Richmond were having difficulty forcing the pace against N London’s v good spinners.  As Richmond began to throw caution aside, wickets inevitably fell but Neharika, Jemima, Emily, CJ and Eva also contributed well as the team managed to reach 125 off 20 overs.  N London’s Captain (Hannah) is a very good batter (and bowler and wicket keeper!) and she scored a rapid fire 45 – although only after Izzy just failed to hold on to a very difficult catch which was coming out of the sun when Hannah was in single figures.  (I don’t think any of us would have fancied that catch!)  Then to add to the feeling that this might not be our day, Catherine, who had been keeping v well, dislocated a finger fielding a throw at the stumps.  My first aid kit was clearly not going to be enough and Catherine unfortunately had to go straight to A&E – she was incredibly brave and our v best wishes go to her for a quick recovery.  With their Captain gone, N London also found it difficult to score as increasingly good bowling restricted the scoring.  But they only needed 18 off the last 3 overs with 7 wickets in hand.  That became 13 needed off 2 as Izzy ran out their remaining dangerous bat and Eva took a wicket.  Ivreen then took two wickets and by the last over N London needed 11 more.  Emily took at least one more wicket (I think – it was all a bit frantic by this stage!) and Izzy and Emily also combined for another run out as N London finally fell 8 runs short.  It was a chaotic and nerve shredding final few overs (particularly for those on the boundary) but the girls kept their nerve and bowled and fielded superbly.  All of the team today (Maya and Elena too, whom I’ve not yet mentioned) contributed superbly to a real team victory.  I think it is the first time for Richmond that this age cohort has ever been Middlesex champions and credit goes to everyone who has represented the U15s this season.  V well done girls.

Girls Under 15 Hardball League Knockout

2022/23 Indoor Finals Reports

Please click on the following link to see the results, match reports and photos from the indoor finals at Lords (both boys or girls).

MJCA Indoors Finals 2023 (1)