Hursley Park Ladies 2017
Our overseas player for 2017 was Tasmanian state bowler Katelyn Fryett, but after only being in the country for a couple of weeks she had to return home due to visa issues.
The 1s were looking to build on a good end to the previous season, with Hannah Timmins again at the helm. There was a further early season setback though when Charlotte Taylor was injured in the first game, and missed the rest of the season and most of the next. Abby Evans had now joined full-time and took four wickets in each of the first two games, which were home wins against St.Lawrence and Ansty. She then demonstrated her batting prowess with an aggressive century which set up another victory, this time away to a Bishop’s Stortford side that included Southern Vipers players Charlotte Edwards and Carla Rudd. Emily Windsor’s 81 was key in a 58 run win against defending champions Finchley at the Quarters, and we led the Premier League table at the mid-season point for the first time.
Kiddo was in sublime form with the bat, and in the next game she scored a magnificent 147 at St.Lawrence, only coming in during the 21st over. Abby agonisingly missed her second century by one run. Our total of 358-8 set up a huge win. The rain-affected match at Ansty was a much closer affair, but we kept our nerve to win by 4 runs, thanks largely to fine spells of bowling from Rachel Carrick and Harriet Batchelor. Hayes, who had been a dominant force in the Premier League for several years, suffered from a shortage of players and unfortunately conceded both games to us, meaning that the last game of the season at Finchley would decide the title. Emily Windsor was again in dominant form, and her 63 was her sixth successive score of over 50 and Dani Ransley and Baz helped take the score to a competitive 232-7. Rach Carrick took two early wickets and with the home side at 19-3 the Premier League title appeared to be in our grasp. Beth Morgan, the vastly experienced England international, had other ideas. She guided a succession of batters through partnerships that gradually turned the game, pacing the innings perfectly. By the time Dani eventually breached her defence she had scored a memorable 119 and her team were on the brink of victory, which they achieved with two balls remaining. It had been a great season for the 1s, but we had fallen at the last hurdle.
The 2s started with three wins, but defeats against Aldershot and St.Cross in mid-season halted any title charge and we eventually finished 3rd with six wins from nine games. Becky Blake and Shami Mosweu both enjoyed good first seasons for the 2s, and a couple of batting highlights were a century for Louise Worsfold at Odiham, and a Sarah-Attrill inspired win in the return match. Amy Mistry had taken over as captain and produced some consistent spells with the ball, while youngsters Jess Pritchett, Emily Mackenzie and Keira Holloway all progressed with the ball.
Our under 16 girls won the league for the first time, with Anisa Ansar leading from the front with both bat and ball, and Laura Cheney, Georgia Watson, Jess Pritchett and Caroline Garratt all making important contributions.
The Ashford 8s title was secured for the first time at the end of the summer.
Emily Windsor topped the club’s batting charts for the year with 521 runs, while Abby Evans led the way amongst the bowlers with 19 wickets in her debut season.
Indoor Season 2016/17
The A team laid down a marker in the first two games at Eastleigh, scoring 211 v Locks Heath Batchelor 36, Ransley 31) and 205 v Southampton Uni (Windsor 42, Batchelor 39) and went on to win all 14 games in the now 8-team women’s league.
Emily Windsor enjoyed a run-strewn winter, with three half-centuries and three other scores of over 40, and there was a series of good individual performances throughout the season, including Baz’s 58 against Southampton Uni and Timmo’s spell of 3-5 from 3 overs against Broadstone.
The B team struggled initially, losing 3 of the first four games – but recovered to win 8 of the remaining 10 as our imports Becky and Shami came to terms with the game. Becky scored 58 against Broadstone and the 2s eventually pipped Parley and Burridge for second place.
The cup final saw the A team once again facing Parley, and a 60 run win ensured a 12th consecutive league and cup double.
Back in division 3 of the men’s league we won five of nine games to finish fourth behind winners Totton & Eling. The highlight was a successful run-chase against Southampton Community when Shami (30) and Sian (26) led us to a target of 154.
The Serious Cricket League at Dummer was a success once again, as we introduced several young players into Amy Mistry’s team. All 10 matches were won, stretching our winning streak at the venue to 82.
Timmo was the outstanding all-round player of the winter, scoring 491 runs as well as being the leading wicket-taker with 22, and bettering her own catching record with 17 successful grabs. Kiddo was the leading run-score with 725, just ahead of Baz (686), and was the recipient of the Indoor player of the year award.