19th September 2015
So the 2015 cricket season has now ended, fittingly, with the final game being the first BCEW David Townley Memorial Twenty20 Cup final at the North London Cricket Club. A year ago, Metro stalwart David had been able to hand the national league trophy to the Metro side, so it was with great sadness that this year the competition was in his memory.
All those associated with the game were therefore delighted that his sons were both there to accept his induction into the “Blind Cricket Hall of Fame”, where he was joined by other long serving Metro players Bryn Reynolds and Adam Benjamin.
Sadly Metro ended the season without a win on the day; but everyone who has played this season can be proud that the umpire’s panel “Spirit of Cricket Award” went to the club.
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A team short of several regulars, and of just 10 players, faced the day’s final winners in the semi-final on a day that suited good cricket with gentle warm sunshine and almost no wind; the one problem being the damp underfoot conditions at the start of the day.
This made the ball hard to grip through the whole of the first game where having lost the toss Metro batted first. Without Matt Dean it was Mohammed who opened with the skipper; however he only lasted two balls before being bowled by Marcus Kipling and the team never really made up for that less than auspicious start.
Rory, Adam and Matt page all scored 32s as a total of 156 was posted in the 20 overs against a well drilled Sussex bowling attack spearheaded by Ian Morris who took two for 26 and Marcus Kipling 2 for 17; both bowling three overs. The Sussex reply was an innings of complete contrast as helped to a fast start by no balls from both Mohammed and Rory 50 was reached inside 5 overs.
No bowler managed to restrict either Joe Harrison who scored 63 or Simon Ledwith, 69, to less than 8 an over – Matt Page’s over that went for 8 being the best. There were two difficult chances of a catch that fell to Adam but the teams had as early lunch as Sussex won by 10 wickets with more than 6 overs to spare; before going on to win the final with a ball to spare.
That left the afternoon, third place play-off match, to be a repeat of the BBS Cup final but neither team approached the game in a completely competitive manner; as first choice players were rested and both sides bowled more overs from “totals” than required. The Bears batted first and helped perhaps by the shortish boundaries posted a good total of 204; Luke Sugg opening and then retiring at the end of the fifteenth not realising, that with 8 fours and four sixes, he was just 6 short of a century – although this may have helped Aiden Riley to score his first 50.
Metro’s best bowling came from Amit who took 1 for 26 from his 4 overs; the beat support coming from Adam with 1 for 25 from his 4. In reply the two openers Adam and Matt were both retired on 14 and 43 respectively as Metro gave a bat to almost everyone in falling 19 short of the target. Coming in at seven Mohammed scored a rapid 63 in putting on 63 for the sixth wicket with Matt and 47 up to the end of the match with Aemonn; whose trademark switch hit was used to good effect in his innings – and copied on the day by among others, Matt.
Metro hope to be able to have some out of season training over the winter and may well hold their usual Lord’s sessions again early in 2016 so do watch out for cricket updates over the winter and if you are interested, but have not played before, do consider coming along and getting involved. This is a fantastic game and as the club need to be able two teams, Metro and the Devils, there is always a need for players.
– Report by Paul Toplis