Metro vs Somerset – 7 May 2022
Sadly no; and the keeper is beaten by the pace of the delivery which almost reaches the boundary allowing Somerset to take two byes. In fairness it was probably only the scorer, informed by their computer, who knew Kathryn was facing a hat trick ball from Mo.
In the last ball of the sixteenth over he had trapped Martin LBW and then had not bowled until the twenty fourth over when Heidi pulled the first ball in the air to give Prem a catch at square leg. Mo did trap Kathryn LBW later in the over to collect his second “three for” of the season.
So then to history and this was the first match in the Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Cup competition since it was formally a BCEW and not a BBS event.
Metro did reach a hat trick of wins against Somerset that started with winning the 2019 final and was followed by last years’ quarter final away win in Somerset – a fantastic 10 wicket win. The reward for this victory is a trip to either Cheshire or Northants on 23rd July.
The match today was played in conditions that ranged from those to worry the scorer that rain might make their task difficult to enough sunshine to encourage some to try and top up their tan. It started a little late and with the visitors asked to bat after Rory won the toss.
A big moment in the game on just the second ball as Rory bowled toward the scoreboard and there was a huge Metro appeal for a catch to Mark behind the stumps. The umpire’s finger did not even twitch but following the spirit of cricket the Somerset skipper walked.
Perhaps this was the start of another “hat trick” for wicket keeper catches as Rory caught both Rory and Phil behind the stumps, although later in the game Mark missed another sharp chance off Rory’s bowling.
Somerset’s innings was anchored by Rob who was out just one boundary short of 50 when Matt Dean’s safe hands took a catch at mid-on to leave the score at 81 for 7; this wicket was a repeat of the dismissal of Rory – the same fielder and the same bowler Damion.
Towards the end of the visitors’ innings Mikey struck a few good blows and looked to be in a position to allow them to reach a century until Rory managed to hold onto a caught and bowled chance; leaving Metro needing exactly 100 to win.
The effort in the field was excellent by the whole team – perhaps especially Chris and Sam on debut who bowled four overs for just 10 and three overs for 16 respectively.
After tea Matt and Damion enjoyed taking on the run chase with both hitting the ball so hard that three balls were needed in the 9.4 overs required to complete the win, as two burst!
Their partnership was not without moments of danger – there was possible catches for Mikey, Rory and Ed. Matt amassed 57 with 10 fours while Damion’s 39 included four boundaries and a massive 6 over mid-wicket in their unbroken partnership of 102.
Next week the Devils start their season at Highgate while Metro’s next game is the week after away at Sussex.
Match report by Paul Toplis
Download: Scorecard and match report
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