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Cricket T20 Finals: Almost; Time!

Metro Cricket Team

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!

 

 

Family Fireworks Party 2019

Family Fireworks Party Sat 9 Nov 2019 with VICTA Apply by 4 Oct

Family Fireworks Party 2019 with VICTA!

Date: Saturday 9 November 2019
Venue: Caldecotte Xperience, Milton Keynes
Cost: £5 per person (under 5s are free)
Who: Families with a child who is blind or partially sighted
Application Closing Date: 4 October 2019
Apply Here: https://www.victa.org.uk/fireworks/

Our family fireworks party is back for another year!

Join VICTA from 4.30pm at the Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes for an afternoon of family fun with craft activities and more. We will be keeping bonfire traditions alive with a Guy making competition.

Families can warm themselves up with hot food from the hog roast (there will also be a vegetarian hot snack option) and of course the crackle and pop of the bonfire will add to the cosiness!

Once the sun goes down at 6.30pm we will be treated to a fabulous fireworks display! After we have all “oohed” and “aahed” till our hearts content, it will be time to depart at around 7 to 7.30pm.

Please note there will be Guy making materials available on the day but if you have anything you would like to bring from home to add to your creation, please do.

For all VICTA activities –  Link: http://bit.ly/VICTA2019

 

Family Fireworks Party 2019

Family Fireworks Party Sat 9 Nov 2019 with VICTA Apply by 4 Oct
Venue:
Caldecotte Xperience, Milton Keynes
Time:
4.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Phone:
01908 240 83
Date:
09th November 2019
Cost:
£5 per person (under 5s are free)


Family Fireworks Party 2019 with VICTA!

Date: Saturday 9 November 2019
Venue: Caldecotte Xperience, Milton Keynes
Cost: £5 per person (under 5s are free)
Who: Families with a child who is blind or partially sighted
Application Closing Date: 4 October 2019
Apply Here: https://www.victa.org.uk/fireworks/

Our family fireworks party is back for another year!

Join VICTA from 4.30pm at the Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes for an afternoon of family fun with craft activities and more. We will be keeping bonfire traditions alive with a Guy making competition.

Families can warm themselves up with hot food from the hog roast (there will also be a vegetarian hot snack option) and of course the crackle and pop of the bonfire will add to the cosiness!

Once the sun goes down at 6.30pm we will be treated to a fabulous fireworks display! After we have all “oohed” and “aahed” till our hearts content, it will be time to depart at around 7 to 7.30pm.

Please note there will be Guy making materials available on the day but if you have anything you would like to bring from home to add to your creation, please do.

For all VICTA activities –  Link: http://bit.ly/VICTA2019

 

Weston-Super-Mare Bowls 2019

Weston-Super-Mare Group Photo Bowls tournament 2019

WESTON-SUPER-MARE BOWLS TOURNAMENT 2019

Last week seven Metro bowlers travelled down to Weston-super-Mare on the 1st of May to be ready for the start of the tournament on Thursday morning and returned home on Monday afternoon.

The tournament is split into two sections, one for the B1 bowlers, and the other for the partially sighted bowlers.  The B1 tournament was played as a Round Robin, which means each player has to play all the other players.  Eric Gallacher managed to win all his games so retained the Lions Cup which he won last year and was given the gold medal.

Photo gallery below

Keith Brenton from Gateshead received the silver and George Phillips from Metro got the bronze. In the open section, each player had to play twice a day for four days.  By the time the tournament finished, four players had won their 8 games.

Wales’ players won the gold and bronze medals, with Alison from Cornwall receiving the silver.  Our Metro bowler Gause also won all his 8 games but came fourth on shot difference.

Gail Hepworth won her first 7 games, then lost to Alison.  Wilbert Williams won 6 of his games.  Constance Onwuka won 5 of her games and Jackie Venus won 3 of her games.

All in all, Metro bowlers won a lot more games than they lost.  It was a lovely friendly tournament, and most of the bowlers have booked in again for next year’s tournament.

report by Eric Gallacher

 

Brightside Ground Hosts BBS Cup!

Brightside Ground hosts the BBS Blind Cricket Cup Final

The Brightside Ground set to host the 2019 British Blind Sport Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup

original post by BBS

The Brightside Ground will host the final of the 2019 BBS (British Blind Sport) Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup on Saturday 31st August. It is the second time that Gloucestershire County Cricket Club’s home ground will stage the match after a successful event in 2011.

During 2019 the ground will host a One Day International between England & Pakistan, 3 ICC Men’s World Cup matches, Afghanistan v Australia, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka & Pakistan v Sri Lanka as well as World Cup warm up matches, Afghanistan v Pakistan, South Africa v West Indies & West Indies v New Zealand.

Sussex Sharks are the two time defending BBS Cup holders & will start their defence away to Gloucestershire Growlers before potentially facing 16 time former winners London Metro in the semi finals, if the Londoners can see off Yorkshire Vikings first. The other half of the draw is wide open with Northants Steelbacks hosting Cheshire Cobras in the quarter finals with the winner to face Somerset VICC or Lancashire Lions in the other semi final.

The BBS Primary Club Cup is the longest running annual disability cricket competition in the world, first held in 1979 this season will see the 41stedition of the competition.

British Blind Sport Vice Chairman & Cricket Competitions Secretary Dave Gavrilovic commented on the announcement,

“We are delighted that our final is returning to Bristol, the 2011 final was a terrific event & I’m sure that 2019 will more than equal it. It is a massive privilege for our teams to have the chance to play at such an excellent venue especially in such a busy year of cricket when Bristol is hosting so many international matches. I would like to extend our sincere thanks to the team at Gloucestershire CCC for agreeing to host the final & I look forward to working with them to deliver a fantastic experience for the two teams who reach this year’s final.”.

Peter Hall, Ground Operations Manager at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club added:

“We are pleased that the Final will be taking place here at The Brightside Ground in August. It was an opportunity that we really wanted to be a part of again. We are looking forward to meeting the finalists and wish all the teams taking part the best of luck throughout the tournament.”