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Bowlers do well in Hastings!

Hastings Bowls Tournament 2019 Wilbert & Gause win the pairs cup

Metro Blind Sport Bowlers do well in Hastings!

10 Metro bowlers travelled to Hastings on the 13th of July and had a roll-up in the afternoon to get ready for the 52nd Annual Hastings Tournament that started on the Sunday morning.

Their helper John arrived on the Monday and stayed until the end of the games on the Friday afternoon.  John and most of the bowlers then stayed for the presentation and buffet on Friday evening, before travelling home on Saturday.

A few photos below

The tournament was divided into 4 sections: Open Triples, Open Pairs, Open Singles and a B1 section for the totally blind bowlers.  On the Sunday, the tournament started with the triples in which Metro had 3 teams.

While these games were taking place, Eric had a radio in his pocket with an earpiece so he could keep up with what was happening at Lords in the cricket final.  The Metro team that did the best, Eric, Junette and John Roulston in his first Hastings Tournament, managed to win all their games until the final on Friday where they lost to Preston.

In the Pairs Tournament, in which Metro had 5 teams, they did even better.  The Metro team of Wilbert and Gause won their way through to the final on Friday and beat the favourites from Preston to lift the cup.

In the B1 tournament, Eric won all his games so retaining the cup which he won last year, and Amit came runners-up again, only losing to Eric.  Constance was in the winning team on the Friday afternoon who played for the Plate.  All found it a very enjoyable tournament, and without a doubt the highlight was Wilbert and Gause lifting the Pairs cup.

The Hastings Tour next year will start on 12 July  .

Eric Bowls organiser



BBS Cup Quarter Final

Metro Cricket Team

Warwickshire; The Expected Result?

9th June 2018

Metro have found Warwickshire barring their progress in the cup for several years and on Saturday after a very hard fought game it boiled down to this; there were 19 more, of the 181 needed by Warwickshire for a win, still required with 7 wickets down and three overs remaining.

For the visitors the wickets were critical as they had arrived with only nine players. The question thus was could Metro’s pair of totals bowling at the death defend 19 from three overs?

Amit had the first ball, of the three, from the café end; his action sends the ball looping high and dropping on a length. Gerald is on strike but cannot make effective contact with the first two balls; but then the line strays leg side and two runs are taken to fine leg. A dot follows and then he gets solidly under one and lifts it high, for a one bounce four to fine leg. The field is in close, to try and prevent the single but he plays with soft hands to drop the ball onto the strip and race through for a single to keep the strike.

Hassan comes back to complete his spell from the scorebox end; his action very different – the ball low and skiddy, often close the its third bounce as it reaches the striker. The first ball is squirted to point; for just a single and Metro have what they want – the Warwickshire total on strike. Now an error from the keeper as the next ball slips past him and a bye is taken.

Warwickshire seem to take control next ball, Matt Dean at square leg strays behind square – for a no ball – that is driven past mid off for two. Seven needed from ten balls. Hassan holds his nerve and keeps it straight as two dots follow. Then Warwickshire take a single to third man, to put Gerald on strike for the last over and Ezekiel blocks out Hassan’s last ball. Six needed, or five as a tie will win it for the visitors as they have lost less wickets.

Amit pitches up and Mo, behind the stumps does well to block the ball; the next one is edged up and Mo makes no mistake holding the catch to set up a semi-final at Highgate on the 30th June against Yorkshire who beat Gloucestershire on Sunday.

Great celebrations by Metro follow.

Not that those quite match the individual celebrations from Amit at his earlier match winning contributions – his speed, after grabbing chances at short square leg from both Warwickshire’s England stars, could surely only be matched by one of the home side.

The first catch had been the breakthrough Metro were after as the visitors had looked to be taking control at 66 without loss after ten overs; before Justin was caught for 46. Luke marshalled the rest of the innings batting carefully and aware that the required run rate was always under control. He batted nearly two hours for his 45; departing sixth with the score on 151.

The Metro bowling display was brilliant, backed up by energetic and enthusiastic fielding to make sure that the rate never got too low. The best figures of the day belonged to Amit and Mo with two wickets each; Mo’s for just 23 runs from his six overs; while Gareth took four to add to his five from the week before.

Earlier in the afternoon, batting first after having been put in, the Metro innings was based on a rapid 52 from Matt Dean out of a score of 79 for three and then solid contributions from all led by Ryan who came in as Matt left and batted for over an hour in scoring 35 while the team score increased by ninety-five.

After he was out from the second ball of the twenty-sixth over with Luke and Justin bowling Metro collapsed; Mo followed at the end of the over bowled by Justin, leaving Rory as a spectator for the next over from Luke. This was a fast and accurate over – dot, bowled, no ball, dot, bowled, not and then lbw. Metro had not batted their full allowance of overs, as Justin had two left and Luke one, and surely had not scored enough.

It was all set up for a test of bowling skill and Hassan and Amit passed with flying colours.

Report by Paul Toplis



Some METRO Bowls News

Bowls Winners

Since the beginning of the summer season at the end of April, the Metro bowlers have been busy practising on Wednesdays and Sundays at Ravenscourt Park, and playing tournaments. At the beginning of May 6 of our bowlers attended the 4 day Weston-super-Mare tournament in which we all had 8 games and got used to playing outdoor bowls again. Later that month, 3 of our bowlers, Amit, Harish and David, played in the UK Outdoor Triples in Worthing and came second to the Cornwall team.

In June we had the big one, The English Nationals, at Leamington Spa for a week when 9 Metro bowlers attended. Gail Hepworth won the B4 plus category, Steve Simmons won the B3’s, Maureen Ryan came second in the B2’s and Amit Amin also came second in the B1’s. There was a shortage of helpers, the B1 and 2s were there fore struggling a bit on the greens.

On the 4th of July, the very last Wandsworth Tournament was run by Richard Stancombe, in south London. Our Metro triples team was Joe Meehan, Maureen Ryan and Steve Simmons who narrowly won the cup on shot difference.

On the 11th of July 6 of us went to take part in the Hastings Tournament for a week. In the B1 tournament it was very close with 3 players having the same amount of points, but Amit beat Eric on shot difference.

One of our triples team with Eric, Amit and Harish won all their games and that included Bexley in the final. Harish, with his last bowl, managed to put the Jack into the ditch, which meant we won the cup instead of coming second. We all hope to go back again next July as it will be their 50th anniversary.

At our home ground Ravenscourt Park, Eric organised the usual Metro Pairs on the 6th of June, and the Metro Singles on the 8th of August. In the pairs, as it worked out, the 2 teams with the most points had to play each other in the last round of games. It came down to the very last end in which George Phillips with Harish Kumrai just beat Gordon Bains and Steve Simmons.

In the Metro Singles we had a run away winner of the cup in Harish, he won all his games and a litre of whisky. Amit came second, winning all his games except the one against Harish, but still got a bottle of whisky. After both these tournaments, all the bowlers, markers and helpers went round to the nearest Wetherspoon pub for a meal and a sociable evening.

On the 30th of May I sent 2 teams to Braintree, and on the 25th of July 3 teams to Potters Bar to play against these sighted clubs. We lost both matches but were able to show them how blind people can play bowls. Both clubs fed us after the matches and have invited us back again next year.

– Report by Eric Gallacher Metro bowls organiser.