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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