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Metro Claim Record Breaking 18th Primary Club Cup Triumph!

Metro cricket team group photo

BCEW Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Cup final 2022!

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Happy Birthday to You; Two Catches and an LBW

Metro vs Sussex Sharks   – Sun 4 Sept

When you are in your twenties, what better way is there to celebrate your birthday, especially when the effort is in a winning cause for your team. Congratulations to Metro’s birthday boy and total man of the match – Amit, as well as partial man of the match Nick who scored 90, including the only six of the day.

Other individual performances of note were Mo’s 4 for 11 and a fantastic 42 from just over 60 balls from the Sussex youngster Callum who was looking set to score a cup final 50 before the spoiler of the day as he was dismissed by a Mankad – without even the courtesy of a warning.

Hosting the cup for the third time and the second year in a row was Northamptonshire County Cricket Club – both sides travelled from London to Northants on the same train and, despite some travel delay, were both ready to start play just before the official one o’clock start time.

Dan Field had won the toss, and Metro were batting; without regular opener Matt, who had a broken hand. Damion, who had scored 90 last year finally stepped into the gap but sadly mirrored Matt’s dismissal of 2021. After scoring a boundary through wide mid-off from his fourth ball, he went for a single off the last ball of the over to be run out by sharp fielding from Marcus.

First blood to Sussex as Andy Law joined Nick in the middle. Marcus followed up his run out with a tight over that yielded just two to Andy through third man. Andy faced the whole of the next over and added another two with a great stop by Dan Field at square leg, denying him a boundary.

Phil and Marcus kept the pressure through all their opening six overs, restricting Metro to just 27. Dave Daniels came on first change and continued to keep it tight, conceding just two while clean bowling Andy – this brought Prem out to join Nick with 28 0n the board.

Perhaps the match momentum started to swing away from Sussex a little in the next over as Metro scored 11 with Nick picking up his second boundary. Sussex bowled all nine of their totally blind bowlers’ overs in a block up to the drinks break, at which point Nick and Prem had added 72 with Nick approaching his 50. T

The pendulum swung back towards Sussex after drinks as just 20 were added to the score in the next five overs, but Metro then started to accelerate the scoring with Nick plundering 15 of the 18 runs scored in the twenty-second over.

He was finally out for 90 to a sharp catch from Tiny to end a 135 partnership, to be replaced by Mo. Mo was keen to score quickly from the start and added 23, being given a life when bowled off a no ball, as wickets tumbled around him –  Prem was caught by Dave Daniels and bowled Phil Daniels, a father and son combination, and then both Sam Hoskin and Rory run out. Metro had 203- the seventh 200 plus cup final score.

The start of the Sharks innings was in stark contrast to Metros, and they faced two total bowlers in Amit and Sam for the first two overs, with Si Ledwith piling into Sam, especially with four boundaries in the second over. Perhaps this resulted in the change as Rory replaced Amit and had Dave caught second ball, with Damion taking a good catch at point.

Metro then bowled Gareth and Mo before Gareth got the first two over spell and struck the second ball with Amit catching Dan and setting off on a huge celebratory run. Sussex kept the run rate healthy as Callum opened his account with a three, and Simon ended the sixth over with another boundary.

Metro did then put the brakes on with a maiden from Mo and then Alan Turnbull, at silly point, somehow clinging on to a fearsomely hit shot from Simon to leave Sussex on 46 for three.

When Amit took his second catch, along with a bloody nose, to dismiss Phil Daniels, most of the Sharks hopes rested on Callum. He did not disappoint, doggedly ensuring the scoring rate stayed around six an over as first Mark Oliphant was bowled by Chris Blake in his first over, and the Chris Bailey was trapped LBW by Mo. At that point, Sussex were 100 for six from 18.2 overs.

Marcus joined Callum, and at 21 overs, the Sharks total was just three shy of Metro’s at the same stage and Metro still had to bowl two overs from their totals. Three tight overs from Chris and Rory followed, and the gap opened up to twenty-one.

In the next over, the Mankad dismissal of Calum rather knocked the sails out of the Shark’s effort. Mo returned in the next over and dismissed Marcus, caught and bowled, and Matt bowled just three balls later before being given the half-out LBW that Amit was able to exploit to end the innings in the next over with Sussex on 150.

Metro team photo with Trophy at the BCEW Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Cup final 2022

The photo above, thanks to @DamionCorrigan Metro team photo with Trophy at the BCEW Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Cup final 2022

This ends Metro’s season, and the Devils have also finished for 2022 – with an agreed draw at Gloucestershire, to take second place in the Regional League.

Match report by Paul Toplis



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League Championship Celebrated & Confirmed in Style

Photo of the Metro team on the Cricket Pitch at the Northampton County Ground

Lancashire Lions Vs Metro 2021

Download: Lancashire Vs Metro  –  Excel format

Metro travelled to Manchester and stayed overnight, despite a worrying weather forecast to play their final league match of the season. This was a rearranged match as the weather had been very wet on the originally scheduled date.

They arrived at the historic Werneth Cricket Club in the north of the city greeted by skies where the blue was chasing away the clouds after heavy overnight rain. Werneth has hosted high-quality Lancashire League and friendly cricket matches so has had both Sir Garfield Sobers and Phil Mustard play on the square.

Perhaps this was to be Metro’s day as Rory won the toss and elected to bowl first against an under-strength Lancashire team with just nine players, including two low partials and three totals. Metro had a full eleven but was not quite at full strength with Hashy, Everton and Shiv joining Prem, the BCEW Regional batsman of the year, from the Devils in the starting line-up.

This was the second trial of live match commentary, which can be found on the Metro YouTube channel in the Cricket Match -Audio Commentary Playlist.

The ground had a Lords like slope from north to south with the square boundary slightly shorter to the north where the boundary was a high fence protecting a new housing development – Cricketer’s Close.

Some spectators were surprised that after Rory struggled to control the wet ball in the first over which went for eight with five extras that Damion started at the other end, as Mo is the regular opening bowler and had been limbering up.

The change worked after just four balls as Rory, behind the stumps, look an excellent tumbling catch down the leg side. There was no further success for the opening pair of bowlers, and Rory was hit for a great boundary eight, as the home side reached 32 from the first five overs. However, the first change at the far end of the ground from the Pavilion to bring on Nick worked well as with the last ball of the sixth over the number three was bowled.

This brought Amit and Andy together and they bowled with good accuracy and in Andy’s case on this occasion great success. He had one for one after Rory took a second catch to dismiss the club captain. His next over started with a six just backward of square between Mo at square leg and Prem at fine leg – but when the shot was repeated two balls later the ball was hit finer and Prem steadied himself for a catch.

With the opening batsman now out with just 54 scored Metro sensed an early end to the innings. Mo finally joined the attack in the eleventh over without success; but Andy kept up his wicket an over performance with a catch taken by Damion at short cover, to finish with 3 for 15.

After an early drinks break Mo bowled a wicket maiden in the fifteenth over and Rory then hit the stumps twice with his first two balls as he came back in the sixteenth to leave him on a hat trick ball at the start of the 2022 season. Metro had been set just 70 to beat.

With tea not quite ready there was a swift turnaround and the tone of the reply was set first ball when Damion caught up with a widish leg side ball to hit it for four through fine leg. He followed up with a shot through mid-off for another boundary and this combined with sharp running to add two to a wide and four more runs from the bat meant Metro had fifteen from the first over.

Nick and Damion showed no mercy in keeping up that scoring rate as Lancashire rotated their bowlers but no-one could stench the flow of run scoring. Nick hit a four off the first ball of the sixth over Metro had won with 73, Nick having 30 and Damion 28.

Roger Barker, who was umpiring, presented league winners medals to the team over the post-match tea as the players enjoyed that winning feeling. Enjoy the winter and look forward to more cricket in 2022 especially for the Devils who can expect a full season in 2022.

Match report by Paul Toplis


Metro Devils – The Development Team

Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046


Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.


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Cricket: The Lord Gave And The Lord Has Taken Away

Metro with 2021 National League Trophy

BBS Primary Club Heinrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 2021

Download: Northants Vs Metro  –  Excel format

Metro hung onto the BBS Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup, despite some suspect handing, on the trip up to Northampton County Ground for the 2021 cup final.

Metro had held the trophy for two years after taking the trophy with its new name for the first time against Somerset in 2019. However, during the game, their hold failed as their opponents’ safe hands took eight catches to dismiss Metro 24 runs short of the total needed for victory.

In an exclusive, our well-placed source can reveal, one of the three nick behinds taken did come off the body, not the bat! Amit stood in disbelief as he was given entry to the Primary Club and had almost to be dragged from the wicket by his runner. The small misjudgement was only admitted later our source can reveal. Gerald held two other catches – Hassan to leave Metro in trouble at 13 for 3 and the final wicket of Damion who made 90 and ensured an exciting end to the match.

After the game Metro’s impressive league cricket was celebrated as they received the 2021 BCEW National League cup having secured the title before playing their final game which is away in Manchester on 19th September. So just one cup to bring home, not the prayed and hoped for double – that will have to wait for another season.


Playing in their first-ever BBS cup final Northants got off to a good start by winning the toss, Metro will need to work on improving this aspect of their game as this has been an all too frequent result this year. Opting to bat Northants started with their Hassan and the dangerous David Howells.

First blood went to Northants on the pitch as Hassan scored 11 from the opening over bowled by Amit. Metro roared back into the game with Mo and Rory bowling; Mo delivering a double-wicket maiden in his second over as Matt caught David at mi9d-off and then Hassan took a sharp chance to dismiss Mark Turnham.

The Ali brother then came together and batted carefully before Hassan was trapped LBW as Justin bowled a wicket maiden in his second over. So after 10 overs at 47 for 3 Metro were looking good but Gerald and Asif put on a 90 run partnership in the next 10 overs before Hassan and Mo combined again to dismiss Gerald.

This slowed the scoring rate again the remaining overs went almost exactly like the first 10 with Northants adding 50 for the loss of three wickets; Mo took at catch off Damion and Rory had the Northants skipper out hit wicket and then a final over nick through to Justin behind the stumps.

On a good pitch, it seemed that a chase of 188 ought to be within the capability of Metro with Damion adding strength to the batting that had scored 233 against Somerset. There were huge cheers as David Keeling’s first ball was smashed to the mid-wicket boundary by Matt. Dave was bowling looping deliveries with a lot of spin and got his revenge two balls later as Matt repeated the pull but up into air to give a fairly simple catch to Asif.

He teased all at the ground with a juggle but clung on to boost Northants in the field. Things got worse for Metro as Dave took a wicket in each of his first three overs, with David Howells catching Justin and that first nick behind by Hassan.

With Damion at the crease, things did look a bit brighter as the Metro worm overtook the Northants one in the seventh over and stayed ahead for the whole game. Nick and Damion gave Metro their best partnership of 59 before David took as second catch in Dave Ks’ fifth over, after the surprise of finding he had not taken a wicket in his fourth.

As he completed his second spell of three he was back in form, taking to one wicket that fell to simply good bowling as he bowled Mark. That is not to say that the Northants bowling was poor, simply that shot selection and offering catches contributed to all the other wickets.

Well that is apart from the horrible mix up that saw Rory run out, Matt running for Damion had no interest in a two with the ball heading to Asif; but Rory had turned and started before being sent back but was unable to make his ground as the wicket was broken.

Nine down but Ahmed saw off the final two balls of the over and with six left including three total overs and two from weaker partial bowlers the next over was key. Asif got one to bounce outside off stump and a tiring Damion could onto edge it to huge cheers from Northants.

It was a game played in a good spirit with some final individual performances, Damion’s 90 from 65 balls; Asif’s 82 from 64 balls and 5.1 overs, maiden and three for 12, Mo’s 6 overs, 2 maidens three for 11, but overshadowed by David Keeling’s 6 overs, five for 22. That places him second on the list of stellar cup final bowlers, ahead of Dave Samuels 5 for 25 from 1997 and the remarkable Heindrich’s 6 for 7 in 2001.

There was a consolation award for Matt Dean as BCEW partially sighted batsman of the year before a trip out to drop sorrows and plot for the Lancashire game and the 2022 season.

The Lord Gave And The Lord Has Taken Away – Job 1:21

Match report by Paul Toplis


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Would you like to play cricket? We are always happy to welcome enthusiastic new players, so if you are interested in playing this season or taking part in training sessions, please contact Hassan Khan at the Metro Devils h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046


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If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.


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BCEW: Cancellation of 2020 Blind Cricket Season

BCEW Announce Cancellation of 2020 Blind Cricket Season

BCEW Announce Cancellation of  2020 Blind Cricket Season

original post on the bcew website

We’re very sorry to have to inform everyone that after carefully examining the Return To Cricket Regulations and speaking with the ECB we have now reached the point where BCEW have no option but to call off all competitive cricket for the 2020 season.

For the avoidance of doubt this does include the Development Festival.

We would also strongly advise against playing any friendly matches as based on the Return To Cricket Regulations we cannot see how a VI game could be staged safely and within the rules.

We list below the Return To VI Cricket rules that YOU MUST FOLLOW if you are going to attempt a friendly. These are not negotiable and cannot be ignored, any club failing to follow them risk sanction by the ECB. Whilst these have a few adaptions for the VI game they are not significantly different to those red ball cricket have to follow and most are in fact identical.

This Decision Has Also Prompted the Following Set Of Announcements:
* All 2020 cup draws will carry over to the 2021 season.
* All league structures will remain the same for the 2021 season.
* All entry fees received for the 2020 season will carry forward to the 2021 season.
* As no competitive cricket has been played in 2020 all sight tests will be extended by one year so that they will still have been valid for four seasons.
* BCEW will not have any end of season awards in 2020.
* As a one off the 2020 BCEW AGM will be held via Zoom, this will be in November.
* AGM Voting rights will be the same as at the 2019 AGM as no cricket has been played in 2020 and therefore nobody’s eligibility to vote has changed.

Return To VI Cricket Rules

General Principles:
1. Cricket activity must only take place outside.
2. Players must not use public transport to get to venues.
3. Where car sharing or use of minibuses is considered this must comply with government guidelines on social distancing. For minibus travel all on board must be seated at least two meters apart unless they are from the same household or social bubble.
4. 11 a side cricket will be allowed but with no more than a total of 30 people at the ground. This includes players, match officials, coaches, spectators and anyone else who is present.
5. A hygiene break must be held every 20 minutes or every 6 overs, whichever happens sooner. During each break the ball must be thoroughly cleaned with an anti-bacterial wipe. All players must also clean their hands during each break using hand sanitizer. All of this must also take place at drinks breaks and the start or finish of any innings. The fielding captain will be responsible for cleaning the ball, not the umpires.
6. Participants not adhering to COVID-19 rules, face punishment including but not limited to, player ejection and match cancellation.
7. In the event of rain, participants should return to their own vehicle to maintain social distancing if there is insufficient outdoor cover from the rain to maintain social distancing.

Cricket Specific Rules:
A. Anyone involved in a match must not attend if they have any CoronaVirus symptoms or if they have been told to self-isolate or to shield.
B. In all friendly matches the wicketkeeper must stand at least 2 metres back from the stumps
C. In all friendly matches all fielders must be a minimum of two metres apart
D. In all friendly matches all fielders must be a minimum of 2 metres back from the edge of the playing strip, those in front of or level with the wicket must stay at least 4 metres back from the strip, this is to comply with the rules on running between the wickets.
E. Players running between the wickets must do this using a line 2 metres away from the popping crease, this must also be two metres from the close fielders in the case of VI cricket. It is essential that when running players stay two metres away from the bowler, the other batsman or runner and all fielders.
F. Participants should under take personal hygiene measures at home before and after matches.
G. Participants should bring there own hand sanitizer to games where possible and should maintain strict and frequent hand hygiene measures at all times.
H. Hand sanitizer must be used before the match starts, at every break in play, before leaving the ground and before eating or drinking.
I. Players should refrain from spitting or rinsing out their mouths.
J. Club representatives should ensure all participants are aware of expected social distancing and hygiene requirements.
K. Club representatives should ensure that all players are aware that they are increasing the risk to themselves of infection by participating and that participation must be strictly optional without pressure placed on anyone to take part.
L. Players should arrive already changed and ready to begin the warm up.
M. Time spent at venues prior to any match should be minimised, meet up times should reflect this.
N. Bats, helmets and other equipment cannot be shared.
O. Bowlers must not hand any personal items or items of their own equipment to the umpires, they must place these at the boundary themselves.
P. When leaving the field all batters must sanitize their bats and all wicketkeepers must sanitize their gloves.
Q. In line with current UK Government guidance, clubs should not prepare food for participants. Individuals should bring their own food and drink for ‘teas’ or practice. Water bottles or other refreshment containers should not be shared.
R. After games social gatherings will be allowed but only inline with government guidelines on hospitality.
S. One club representative should be responsible for collecting and disinfecting the stumps, balls, boundary markers and fielder exclusion zone disks at the end of each match.
T. During any practice or training sessions stumps, balls, etc must be disinfected between groups of players using them.
U. Clubs must have a record of all players, officials, coaches and spectators present at any match or training session. This record must be held for at least 21 days after the event in case NHS Track and Trace need the information.
V. If two scorers are required for a match only one may use the scorers box and if outside they must stay 2 metres apart. No players may enter the score box if it is being used for the match. Scorebooks may not be passed from the scorer to any other official or player.
W. Social distancing must be observed when celebrating wickets, during drinks breaks, having tactical discussions and by spectators.
X. The number of people touching the ball should be minimized, spectators should not return or stop the ball whilst on field the ball should be returned to the bowler by the most direct route with as fewer fielders as possible involved.
Y. Umpires should not have any contact with the ball but should be the only people replacing the stumps if they are knocked over or they need to be realigned.
Z. During the toss the coin should be provided by the person tossing it and it should not be handed to anyone else.
AA. Pre and Post Match Handshakes should not take place, hand contact of any kind should be avoided during all matches.

NB Further rules exist for those who run their own ground, for coaches, for training activities and for matches between junior teams. We can provide these on request.

original post on the bcew website

 All at metro are Very sorry to hear this news,  but we will look forward to play resuming in 2021


Cricket – Warwickshire v Metro, BCEW League

Metro Cricket Team
Leamington Spa
1.00pm - TBC
15th August 2015

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