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 Metro v Northants Steelbacks – 19 June 2021

BCEW Scorecard here:  Metro Vs Northants –  Excel format

Arriving at Highgate for the home match against the current BCEW League champions the whole of the sky was a carpet of solid duck egg grey clouds; with no glimpse of blue or the sun.

There had been concern from umpires about being able to play but with the boundary adjusted to avoid soggy spots there were just a couple of pitch ends that were slippery and play got underway on time with the forecast suggesting a full game could be played before the rain arrived. Metro had lost the toss and was batting – with a third opening partner for Matt; this time it was Justin.

Northants chose to open the bowling with the pace of Asif in tandem with their total bowler; allowing Metro the race to 50 within six overs. Justin had enjoyed a six over the short straight fine leg boundary and then a reverse for four through third man when he nicked the last ball of the sixth over to the keeper.

Matt continued to build patiently with Andy Law until the keeper took a second catch to dismiss Andy and bring Mark Bond to the crease for his first innings of the year. Matt Dean offered a chance off the third ball of the next over, and a difficult chance to the total fielder cordon in the seventeenth over but Metro reached drinks held at the sanitation break at the end of the eighteenth over with 145 on the board. Mark had to scramble home for a single ball before Matt completed the 100 partnership with a single off a no ball.

The partnership reached 116 when Mark was run out backing up too far as Matt clipped to Asif at mid-wicket with no interest in a quick single. Was he waiting for his next ball, perhaps, as he picked up Asif for a 6 over midwicket to bring up his third hundred of the season. Asif took a great caught and bowled catch to dismiss Mo before Matt accelerated his scoring at the end of the innings with 31 from his last 13 balls; Metro declaring after 30 overs on 249. The innings had been completed in good time – under two and a half hours.

The Northants innings started slowly against Mo and Gareth, and Metro was pleased to pick up a wicket in that opening spell with a great catch from Rory at point.

As openings batsman, David Howells, settled into his innings he managed to accelerate the rate by hitting 31 off the last two total overs in the first 10, and Northants were then much closer to the required scoring rate and not far short of the Metro total at that stage.

Justin and Rory however put the brakes on with 6 overs for just 21 runs and the wicket of the visitors’ number three. Asif had then come in and had been swinging hard at the six balls he had faced, so Metro brought Nick into bowl with a plan to create chances for a catch.

The plan took just one ball to work as the ball went high in the air out to cow corner where the safe arms of Matt were waiting to grab the ball. Sadly, however by this time, it was not just the ball dropping out of the sky but a niggly fine drizzle had started too. By the start of the next over umbrellas were going up on the side of the ground and the umpires were busy collecting towels to dry the ball.

Hassan bowled the next over with reasonable control but when Mo was then given the ball the over included two huge loopy no-balls as he could not hold the damp ball. At drinks the batsmen were worried about rain on their glasses impeding their vision further but the umpires allowed three more overs – including another from Mo with the same number of loopy no-balls before they decided that play was no longer possible with 9 overs left in the match.

Northants were 100 behind Metro and with a team of 10, six wickets were needed for victory so the match was well balanced and the weather had robbed all of a chance to complete a fascinating game.

David Howells was left on 105 from 67, with a boundary count almost matching Matt Dean’s with three 6s and twelve 4s. The sides meeting again at Northants on Sunday 18th July.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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Audio Described: Floor Yoga Class 4

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Audio Described:  Floor Yoga Class 4 with Claire Miller

“Hello, and welcome to your next gentle floor-based yoga session. My name is Claire, and I’ll be taking you through this practice. Today, we’re going to start in a standing position.

Find a standing position that’s comfortable for you. If you need to be by a wall for balance, then please take a position by the wall. Have your feet nice and solidly set on the floor. ” – Claire Miller

Floor Yoga Class 4 with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below

Transcript Link: https://blindsport.uk/Transcript-FY4

 

Audio Described:  Floor Yoga Class 3 with Claire Miller

“Hello, and welcome to your next yoga session. So as always, if it’s possible, have yourself a couple of cushions to use in your class, we’re going to begin by using them if it works for you.
So, coming onto your mat, or floor space, wherever that is for you. And we’re going to take a child’s pose, which is a nice relaxing yoga pose, just going to show you the pose.” – Claire Miller

Floor Yoga Class 3 with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below

Transcript Link: https://blindsport.uk/Transcript-FY3

 

Audio Described:  Floor Yoga Class 2 with Claire Miller

“Hello, and welcome to your next yoga session. So as always, if it’s possible, have yourself a couple of cushions to use in your class, we’re going to begin by using them if it works for you.
So, coming onto your mat, or floor space, wherever that is for you. And we’re going to take a child’s pose, which is a nice relaxing yoga pose, just going to show you the pose.” – Claire Miller

Floor Yoga Class 2 with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below

Transcript Link: https://blindsport.uk/TranscriptFY2

 

Audio Described:  Floor Yoga Class 1 with Claire Miller

“Hello and welcome to your half an hour class, my name is Claire. Welcome, let’s just take a minute, just to stand here, have feet hit distance apart, toes nice and wide, and think about your nice strong standing position.”  – Claire Miller

Floor Yoga Class 1 with Claire Miller – Youtube Video Below

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A Yoga Journey with Claire Miller!

 

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Sport transformed my life! – Matt Lancett

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“Sport transformed my life and gave me back the confidence to live life to the fullest”

Four years ago Matt Lancett suffered a stroke which resulted in him having a visual impairment.  It was a blow to his independence and confidence and, as a keen sportsman, he felt his life had no future.  All this changed when he discovered and started taking part, in VI sport.

We caught up with Matt to find out about his story and how sport has changed his life.

Matt Lancett is a happily married 45-year-old man with two children.  It was on his wedding anniversary that the stroke caused the loss of his left field of vision in both eyes (a condition called left homonymous hemianopia) and his life was changed forever.

 

Matt and family at a wedding
Matt and family at a wedding

Prior to his stroke Matt was a qualified butcher, played football regularly and was a keen runner, which included him completing the London Marathon.

After coming out of hospital he suffered with balance issues, severe loss of confidence and anxiety for the next 12 months.

But his fortunes changed when his brother told him about a woman with a visual impairment, who was playing rugby at Warriors Community Foundation in nearby Worcester.

Matt said:

“I’d started to think about playing football again, but it was too far to travel and I didn’t have the confidence. As rugby was on my doorstep, the anxiety of travel was removed so I decided to get on the train for the short journey and give it a try.
Matt Lancett and the Worcester Warriors
Matt Lancett and the Worcester Warriors

Matt passing rugby ball

“Having a ball back in my hand was incredible. It was instantly a huge lift to be playing some type of sport again.”

But it wasn’t just the physical activity aspect that was important Matt explained: “I hadn’t socialised outside of the family for a year so to be back chatting and travelling with other visually impaired people was so uplifting. I had the chance to speak to other visually impaired people about how they have overcome their challenges.”

In a short period of time, Matt found himself taking part in more sports and he joined the local VI cricket team. He also now takes part in running again with a guide and plays football.

Matt Lancett running

He found through running, football, cricket, and in particular rugby, a new sense of freedom.

His confidence steadily grew. There were no longer constant worries about bumping into things. No worries about cars or other people around as he knew he safely on a sports pitch.

As well as playing locally in Worcester, he is part of the Change Foundation team in London. To take part in this he travels independently each month, even though this is challenging.

But the rewards have been life-changing! Matt was lucky enough to join the UK team in Japan to play VI rugby as part of the rugby World Cup arrangements in 2019. He travelled to Tokyo to compete in a three-test series against rivals from Japan and New Zealand. For Matt, it was an experience of a lifetime.

He looks back to how it all started:

“If it wasn’t for my brother telling me about VI rugby things could have been very different. I had to have some drive to get up and try things out and I would encourage everyone to try something new – you might just reap the same benefits I have.”
Matt Lancett and the England Rugby Team in Japan
Matt Lancett and the England Rugby Team in Japan

Prior to getting active again, Matt thought he was a 40-year-old man with no future. He now knows this is not the case, but he needed the support of family and his friends to realise what could still be achieved.

He is now working with Warriors Community Foundation to promote visually impaired rugby to people in the Worcester area and beyond. He said: “The aim is to roll out the game to all parts of the UK, to remove travel and cost barriers that exist and provide opportunities at a local level.

“I back working and my family more broadly has benefited. My wife has got some of her freedom back to do things just for herself. She has the confidence that I am taking part in activities safely and working alongside people who understand what support is needed.’

Sport and physical activity was the springboard that Matt needed to get some part of his old life back. He added:

“I encourage all visually impaired people to try something new as I know the impact it can have. It has transformed my life and given me back the confidence to live life to the fullest.”

 

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Cricket: The Devils are back!

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The Devils are back!

With a limited season of competitive cricket in the BCEW south and west in 2021, the Devils were very pleased to be able to arrange a midweek friendly against Berkshire Stags. The game was played at the University of Reading, as a 15 over format with illegal deliveries only re-bowled in the last over so that the game could be completed between five and seven-thirty.

Hassan started the day by winning the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch with quite long, 50 yard boundaries, with an artificial strip and a pleasant neatly trimmed and flat outfield. Asif and Hassan Arif opened the batting, with Hassan impressing in his first innings by scoring 17 from 14 balls with just one dot delivery before he was retired out at the end of the sixth over.

Asif had been run out just before that, by leaving the crease for a second when Tom Barton had the ball in his hand and paid the inevitable penalty; he had previously survived a shout for LBW when all agreed he had hit the ball first after an initial decision of out.

At that stage 39 runs had been scored with 15 extras, but from that point on Berkshire showed good skills in the field and their bowling improved with a lot more dots; and just 11 wides. Prem managed 7 from 8 balls as the Devils reached 63 for 5. The wickets taken were in the latter part of the innings were bowled by Tom Barton and Chris Wallace, who also each took a catch off Rob Turner’s bowling.

After a quick turnaround, the Devils opened the bowling with four overs from their totals going for just 14 as they bowled to the home side’s totals. The next over from Alan was almost a maiden – just the final ball going wide, and when Chris conceded just two from his opening over the Devils worm scoring was well ahead.

However, Paul Fisher and Chris Wallace now came to the crease and upped the scoring rate with twelve off the bat in the next two overs. Their replacements Rob Turner and Thomas Fround also scored quite freely; Thomas being given a life when caught at square leg by Hassan A as it was from a no-ball.

Rob was dismissed caught and bowled by Hassan A but this just brought Tom Barton to the wicket with just 13 runs needed and still more than 4 overs to be bowled. Stags had won the game before Everton bowled their skipper and the match ended, on time, with a maiden from Asif. Prem ran out the non-striker as Stags tried to sneak a bye – then ended up on 86 for 3.

The Devil’s season starts in earnest with a trip to Hampshire in the south and west T20 cup.

Match Report by Paul Toplis

 

BCEW Scorecard here:  Devils Berkshire Friendly  –  Excel format

 

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Cricket: Just 14 Days Earlier …

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Just 14 Days Earlier …

Somerset generously allow Andy Law to complete Hassan’s over as after two wides and a no-ball his elbow injury forces him to stop bowling. Amit then prevents Somerset getting a third batting bonus point by limiting them to 12 runs in the final over.

Less than twenty-four hours earlier there is a scramble to ensure that Metro have train tickets to get to Taunton with Covid travel restrictions in place; and this followed by one taxi not being able to find the ground and giving half the team an unwanted tour of narrow, leafy lanes. So not the best start for a team composed of several walking wounded.

This game is a repeat of the last BBS cup final; to be played in good cricket weather with some sun shining from a sky that is a mix of blue patches and puffy white clouds, but Metro win the toss and ask Somerset to set a target.

The same opening pair as at Highgate in the league make good steady progress although there are possible chances to the Metro totals but none stick, and Ed reaches 50 with three runs to third man in Rory’s first over. Perhaps the match changes in the same way as that last final however as Rory bowls Ed for 52 in a great wicket maiden in his next over.

Rob continues to build his innings with Rory Hossell running hard to try and turn his possible twos into threes and fours, with Metro hampered by injury in chasing the ball while fielding.

When not bowling Rory is alert as the keeper making several blocks to prevent fours from being struck behind the wicket. There are other catching chances but eventually, Rob is run out as he cannot get back for a two having scored 114 out of 204. The next ball the alert Mo runs out Rory Hossell.

Mo bowls Matt at the start of the final over so that just 10 runs are added in the last two overs. The bowling effort has been good with Asif a late team inclusion justifying his inclusion with a tidy three over for 18; so will 213 be enough?

Metro open with Mo, one of the few fully fit players, alongside Matt Dean nursing a hamstring injury and keen to score in boundaries and gentle singles, so Mo will need to curb his enthusiasm to match his partner’s ability.

At the end of the third over Matt skies one towards mid-on and Rory Hossell calls for the catch but fails to hold it. This allows Metro to make steady progress with the scoring worm initially matching Somerset’s, and only starting to edge ahead only as they reach their century partnership in the thirteenth over.

Matt had reached his 50 in the twelfth over with a powerful drive through the covers to one of the excellent boundary riding fielders. The Somerset boundary fielding was sharp with a number of good stops and chases to ensure that good shots went just for one or two.

Somerset get chances with chances that might have been caught on another day but this seemed to be Metro’s lucky day and none are taken.

As the match neared its end there were two more batsman’s milestones as Mo’s 50 came up just before drinks with a clip to square leg for a single while Matt’s 100 came up from 73 balls when a rare fielding lapse allowed three to be taken as the ball was hit into the covers.

The scorecard shows a win by 10 wickets but this was a much more tense and hard, fought affair than that may suggest. Mo ended with 80 and Matt exactly matched Rob’s 114 although Matt’s included 10 boundaries and no all run fours.

So Metro have a home cup semi-final on 3rd July at Highgate; by which time hopefully a fully fit team will be available.

Match Report by Paul Toplis

 

 

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