Almost; Time! T20 Finals Day
21st September 2019
Yes, it was close and came down to the last over but Metro could not quite manage a cup double. However there were individual BCEW season awards to celebrate at Wolverhampton, with Hassan Khan getting the total fielder of the year, Mo the partial bowler of the year – with an economy of 1.97 runs per over and 15 wickets for just 45 runs going into T20 finals day, and Chris Lewis winner of the Regional low partial player of the season for his 56runs – at a run a ball – and 6 wickets at an economy of 5.9.
The day was one of the best of the summer – none of the rain that has affected Metro’s cricket over the summer, just horizon to horizon blue sky and plenty of sunshine as Metro drew Yorkshire in the semi-final, winning the toss and asking Yorkshire to bat first. Mo was hit for a boundary second ball, rather a surprise given those bowling figures but came back to finish his four over spell with two maidens and just one more run conceded plus an opening batsman’s wicket.
Metros other strike bowlers Rory and Gareth both picked up two wickets – Gareth’s second was the last ball of the innings with 131 having been scored. In the chase, Matt and Nick set off at a lightning pace and had scored 67 in just over five overs before Nick was bowled. Matt completed his 50 before he was caught at square leg leaving Andy and Mark Bond just over two dozen runs to score to complete a fairly easy victory. Meanwhile, Sussex had beaten Northants so the final was a repeat of this year’s BBS cup quarter-final.
After lunch Sussex won the toss and asked Metro to bat first. The openers again got off to a flying start reaching 75 from six overs before Nick was trapped leg before. That was the only wicket to fall as Andy contributed 42, including three boundaries, to an unbroken stand of 185 with Matt who amassed a huge 156 that included three sixes and twenty=two boundaries. With just 18 runs less than their BBS cup score on the board at the mid-way point it seemed that Metro were likely winners and their batsmen likely to receive player of the day awards.
However, the team knew that there was one player who might be able to chase down such a big score. Dan Field took 16 off Mo’s first over, including six off two no balls as Mo strained for a magic wicket-taking ball. That over set the tone for the whole innings as Sussex stayed ahead of the required run rate for the duration. Metro took four wickets run out as Dan controlled the innings, with no one else facing more than eleven balls. That was during the third wicket stand of 135 with Dan’s partner contributing just 15.
Metros bowlers all toiled hard and bowled well in conceded just five wides and six no balls, after that first over, in the innings but with Dan getting 220 from 86 balls with an amazing twelve sixes and seventeen boundaries Andy faced the task of needing to bowl a maiden in the final over to Mark, the Sussex total batting at six, to win the match. A big appeal saw Mark out leg before – with Metro rather disappointed as they were hoping that the wicket was Dan run out. It was not so and when a single was run next ball to get Dan back on strike Sussex were soon the victors.
Andy did get the low partial player of the day award as some consolation at the end of the season. The next Metro cricket will now be in 2020. Hopefully, winter indoor nets before the season starts in April.
Report by Paul Toplis
Paul was the 2019 Charles Ronayne Award for Outstanding Contribution to VI Cricket winner for his superb work providing scorers & stats for every club in VI cricket.
Congratulation to Paul for his well-deserved award from us all at Metro Blind Sport!