Hursley Park Ladies 2014
Our second season in the Premier League was to prove just as tough as our first. We competed well in the first game at Horsham but the efforts of Charlotte Taylor (69 runs and 3 wickets) were not quite enough to see us home. Heavy defeats to Bentley and Wokingham followed. Hopes of a season’s first win against Hayes were cruelly dashed at the last death (click here to read more about this memorable match) and the nadir of our season came in the next game when were dismissed for 32 at Finchley.
Unfortunately the return match with fellow strugglers Bentley was washed out, and after a ten-wicket defeat by Bath in our penultimate game it appeared that we were heading back to the Championship. A lifeline was thrown when Bentley were deducted points for conceding a game, but we still had to win our last game at Hayes, who would retain their title if they beat us. Cometh the hour….the unlikely win was achieved in dramatic fashion (click here to read more about this memorable match).
Sarah Attrill’s consistent batting, and Tayz’s all-round contribution were two of the few positives from a difficult season, but at least we had survived to fight another day.
The second eleven started our defence of the Hampshire League title in resounding style as Emily Windsor struck the Langley Manor attack for 147, the highest HP score at that time, and further victories against Cove and Alton maintained the momentum. A defeat at Aldershot stopped the run, and despite further convincing victories a second defeat, this time at the hands of Alton, ended our chances of retaining the title. Sian Edwards proved our most consistent bowler of the season, with Emma Bolam, Ellie Musson and young Anisa Ansar also enjoying match-winning spells with the ball. The headline bowling performance however came from Helen Borrett, back from maternity leave, who took 5-1 from six overs against Odiham. We finished 3rd.
Charlotte Taylor was the club’s leading run scorer for the third year in a row, and 13 year-old Anisa Ansar led the wicket-takers with 22, bowling consistently in both junior and 2nd X1 games.
A young Frankie Barber led side retained our Ickenham sixes title, and our juniors brought further silverware to the cabinet when Aneeqa Ansar led the under 16s to a County Cup final win against Basingstoke.
Another highlight of the season was entertaining a very colourful French team from Nantes. It was a fun evening, and brought long-term benefit as the visitors included a certain 15-year- old, who enjoyed it so much that she joined us two years later.
Indoor Season 2013/14
Two new teams joined the women’s league at Eastleigh, making the number 7 for the new season. With many of our players now away at university (and a couple overseas) we decided to cut back to 2 teams, in addition to one in the men’s league and our usual one at Dummer. Our indoor season started off in the unusual venue of Esjberg where we registered overseas success.
Parley, one of the new clubs at Eastleigh, proved a strong addition to the league and in November inflicted a convincing victory over the A team, the first team to do so for four years. Future HP player Courtney Lowman was in the Parley side. The As recovered their form in the return match, with three-wicket Ellie Musson leading the way to victory, and when the B team also defeated the Dorset visitors, thanks to a partnership between Sian Edwards (42) and Emily Windsor (39) the league title was secure in the HP trophy cabinet again. The B team finished in second place, and the A team rounded off the season with another victory over Parley in the cup final, with player of the match Charlotte Taylor putting in a fine all-round performance. We only recorded three wins from nine games in a tough season in the men’s league, the highlight being Jem Green’s five wickets against Hedge End, the second time she had achieved a ‘Michelle’ in the competition.
Keira Holloway and Anisa Ansar were new additions to the team at Dummer, now captained by Amy Mistry, and we were unbeaten in winning the league for the sixth successive year, stretching our unbeaten run at the venue to 50 matches.
Tayz (588 runs) and Ellie (29 wickets) set new indoor seasonal highs. Ellie’s total remains the highest indoor haul for the club.