Hursley Park Ladies 2016
Sam Betts and Bhavi Devchand, both state players in Australia, arrived for the 2016 season. Pace bowler Sam was on a Gilchrist Scholarship and her itinerary included being Hampshire’s Overseas Player for the Season. Leg-spinning all-rounder Bhavi was assigned to Gloucestershire.
Tayz took over the captaincy reigns, and before the league season had started recorded a maiden century at Dorset, a game in which Sam Betts also registered a hundred, and we had an exciting tied game at Loughborough Uni.
The league season started well when we defended a modest total of 159 against St.Lawrence (four wickets for Bettsy), but three heavy defeats followed and with one game rained off we were one off the bottom of the league at the mid-season point. Tayz stood down from the captaincy as it was affecting her personal form, and in an overhaul we changed the batting order and bowling plans as Hannah Timmins took over the leadership mantle. There was an immediate impact as Bhavi, moving up to the opening spot, scored 118 in a successful run-chase in the away fixture against St.Lawrence, sharing a partnership of 190 with Dani Ransley. Sadly it was Bhavi’s last action for us as her foot was in plaster for the remainder of the season.
Fairly comfortable wins against Finchley and Horsham followed, with runs for Dani and Emily Windsor in both games, and then came a record-breaking victory against Hayes, with Tayz scoring 152 in a partnership of 255 with the in-form Dani (107). When Bath were beaten on the last day of the season (click here to read more about this memorable match) we finished in a comfortable third spot in a league won by Finchley, on whom we had inflicted their only defeat of the season.
The 2nd eleven had a steady season, but did not defend the title clinched so dramatically the year before. Seven games were won, but there were also five defeats. Skipper Jem took a liking to the Cove bowling, with a half-century in an early season defeat at home and then a maiden century in the return match, which we won by 120 runs. Jemma’s century along her with making nine stumpings confirmed her transition from off-spinning all-rounder to wicket-keeper/batter. Louise Worsfold scored two half-centuries in the season and Dani Ransley, in a rare appearance for the 2s, scored 123 against Alton. Helen Borrett, with 5-16 against Langley Manor and 3-19 against Finchampstead was the leading bowler, and young leg-spinner Keira Holloway and seamer Amy Mistry were also amongst the wickets.
We also hosted the Australian Armed Forces X1 in a closely fought encounter at Aldershot, and continued our overseas adventures by travelling to La Manga, triumphing in a six-a-side tournament that included the Spanish national side as well as several clubs from England.
Dani Ransley finished the season with a new club high total of 570 runs, while the joint leading wicket-takers were Sam Betts and Hannah Timmins.
Indoor Season 2015/16
It was disappointing that there was no national title to defend, but the girls once more concentrated on the leagues at Eastleigh and Dummer, and won both with 100 per cent records. The B team finished second at Eastleigh, the season including a tie with Parley when both sides scored 101. The A team clinched the title when Tayz (53), Baz (36) and Timmo (34) put Parley to the sword to the tune of 177.
The cup final was once again all HP affair, but ended in a resounding 105 run for the As, with Sian Edwards and Kiera Heslam leading the way. In the men’s league we found the move to division 2 a tough one, but did manage to win two games , the first of the season against MSCC and the last of the season against Southampton University. It was not enough to prevent relegation back to div 3.
Mistry led from the front in the Serious Cricket League, scoring over 200 runs and taking ten wickets. Baz had by now established herself at the forefront of indoor cricketers, and on 20th March scored 35 against Ropley at Dummer, before driving back to Eastleigh to rack up 52 against Broadstone and then 36 against Parley – 123 runs in the day!
She finished the indoor season with an incredible 729 runs, while Sian led the bowling table with 21 wickets. Timmo’s 15 catches was another club record, and included 4 in one match against Broadstone, while Jem’s transition to a wicket-keeper was confirmed by her 9 stumpings. Baz was crowned Indoor player of the year for the third time.