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Cricket: The Line Belongs to the Umpire!

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Surrey VICC v Metro Devils – 19  June!

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A lesson for both teams to learn from the BCEW south and west regional T20 quarter-final where the Devils played Surrey on Sunday. In a game where all no balls result in a free hit, there were 24 bowled in this match with many proving to be more costly to the sides than the single penalty run. In the third over Alan would have dismissed the home side’s captain Dave only for the umpire to call no ball.

The same batter got another life in the eighth over when bowled by Chris off a free hit ball when he was on 21. He seemed to have a charmed life when bowled by Ahmed in the thirteenth over on another no ball before going on to score 44 when was finally bowled by Ryan in the fifteenth over. Chris may have had a good chance for an LBW dismissal in the sixteenth but the umpire did not have to worry about that as it was a no ball.

Surrey also handed chances to the Devils as Chris was able to score a single when caught at cover off a no ball in the fourth over. Just before drinks, Hassan hit wicket on a free hit, while Ryan was saved by a free hit at the start of the thirteenth, bowled by Surrey’s skipper, before getting 6 more off the over to reach his 50.

The total extras count was 50 handed to Surrey; 27 wides and 15 no balls plus 6 byes and two leg byes. The Devils were handed 30; 18 wides and 9 no balls plus a bye and two leg byes. So the end result – Surrey scored 124 off the bat to reach 174 while the Devils scored 127 from the bat to reach their 157 and fall short by just 17.

Surrey will face the winners of the Gloucestershire against Berkshire match in the semi-final; with the winner of that game set to face Dorset Dolphins at Broad Halfpenny Down in September.

This was a great game of cricket with the result in doubt until the last couple of overs as the Devils kept pace with the score set by Surrey around that captain’s knock and a rapid 50 from Dave Allen, who put on almost 100 together after Alan and Rob had given the Devils a good start after Hassan won the toss by reducing the home side to 9 for 2.

The other wickets to fall were on the last two balls of the innings with Prem getting two run outs as risks were taken to try and maximise the score.

The chase was almost a mirror image innings, with one early run out as Ryan West’s direct hit ran out Chris as the Devils were trying to up their run rate which was under 7 an over in the first 5. Hassan and Ryan then put on 73 during which time Hassan reached 600 runs in his career scoring 32 at almost a run a ball.

He and Shiv were both bowled late on in the chase which was ended by a great caught and bowled to dismiss Prem. This just left Ahmed the opportunity to face a few balls and take 6 with a guide to third man as Ryan running for Anil took a “three for two” before sending Ahmed’s exhausted runner back to the bowlers end to complete the third run.

The Devils next play away to Hampshire in three weeks’ time and will hope for a third league win to allow them to challenge for the title.

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 at h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org  07966 260089

 

Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy at lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org at 07966 260089

 

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Cricket: Tough Draw on Beautiful but Tricky Wicket

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Sussex Sharks v Metro –  21  May 2022

Metro travelled to the beautiful Sussex ground at Blackstone on a day where the conditions for cricket would have been excellent in the wind had been a little more gentle and less gusty. There was warm sunshine all day but with enough cloud cover to keep the temperature in check.

Rory Field called heads to give the home side a winning toss and Metro were asked to bat first. Their openers faced a tough opening spell from Phil Daniels and Joe Harrison as from the first six overs, two of which were maidens, just nine runs were scored.

Runs did a flow a little more quickly after that but the scoring rate remained modest as the openers reached 86 at the 15 over drinks beak. Their stand was finally ended when Nick Ebbeck was caught and bowled by Alex Towers.

High quality energetic fielding backed up the disciplined bowling that included an unbroken spell of eleven over from Alex Towers who finished with three for 49.

After Matt Dean was dismissed for 68 to leave the visitors on 123 for 3 they set out to bat to ensure they could not be beaten with crease occupation rather than scoring the main aim.

Sussex did not allow this to undermine their committed approach squeezing hard after the fifth wicket fell in the thirty first over with the score on 169 as Mo Ghalib was caught by Toby Collins off Phil’s bowling.

The next partnership was twenty, but the fielding side took control and ended the innings in the thirty-seven over, although Metro had just secured a fourth batting point at 200.

This left a target of 201 from the remaining twenty-three overs of the sixty. There was time for Sussex to show that Covid had not impacted the outstanding quality of their teas; as the break lasted just over half an hour for all to enjoy the feast.

Metro opened the bowling with a pair of totally blind bowlers – Amin Amin and Sam Hoskin and enjoyed a great start from that tactic limiting Sussex to 15 for 1 from the first three overs with Amit bowling Dave Daniels for 4.

They then brought on their regular opening pair of Mo and skipper, Rory – with Mo as hard to score off as the Sussex openers, but he was not able to make a breakthrough. Although Rory ran out Toby Collins in Mo’s first over it was not until Gareth Jones replaced Rory that the third wicket fell as Phil Daniels was bowled.

They left the experienced pair of Joe and captain Dan Field at the crease. Although there were a few chances for Metro – Gareth making great ground to get to one chance in the covers and not quite being able to hang on to a difficult caught and bowled chance, this pair batted through to the end in a partnership of 86.

The tough batting conditions are clear from the boundary count – 17 plus a  single 6 for Metro and just 5 for the home side; albeit that much of the game was more about not losing wickets rather than chasing runs.

After a break, the next league games are Metro’s visit to Northants and Sussex’s trip to Somerset on 25th June.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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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 at h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org  07966 260089

 

Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy at lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org at 07966 260089

 

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Cricket: A Win in Less Than Half a Full Game!

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Metro v Northants Steelbacks!

Metro got their season off to a flying start by completing a victory over Northants almost before the teas were delivered to the ground. It was a cold, blustery day, with the wind making life difficult for the bowlers especially perhaps from the scoreboard end. Rory won the toss and naturally elected to bowl although Mo had not arrived to complete the playing XI as play got underway promptly.

Rory’s first over was a dream start to the season – a wicket maiden that saw the stumps flying backwards on ball three. The following over was then the most productive of the innings for Northants as Rob struggled with accuracy and David Howells struck a boundary through mid-wicket that just eluded Matt Dean on the boundary.

However, it was the end of Rory’s second over that made it an excellent start to the game for the home side. The ball was hit firmly into leg side where it was blocked by Amit before bouncing to Mark Bond whose accurate throw to the bowler was safely gathered allowing a run out to be secured to make the score 13 for2 with both openers dismissed. The visitors seemed unable to give their innings any momentum after that start.

Mo started his spell in the next over by knocking over the stumps and conceding just four before Rory completed his spell to end with one for four. At the start of Mo’s next over Amit took an excellent athletic catch so that the visitors had two totals batting with score on 19. Mo almost got a second with two successful LBW appeals only for the second to be overturned as the square leg umpire called a no ball on length.

The pair of totals had a 15-run partnership before Mo was able to complete his LBW wicket finishing a spell with two more wickets than Rory but having conceded three more runs.

The partnerships for the next two wickets were both 10 runs and both were ended with catches to the keeper; first from Nick Ebbeck’s bowling and then Hassan Khan’s; after which drinks were taken with the fifteenth over in progress. Some may have questioned the need for a break especially as the penultimate wicket was taken just four deliveries after the restart with Matt Dean safely taking a catch at mid-wicket.

Mark Bond ended the innings as after a half out LBW he had Hugh Spence give Rory his third catch with only 59 runs scored. High had batted almost the whole innings having walked out a ball four.

Metro needed 60 from 44 overs and completed the task in less than 44 legal deliveries as Matt Dean and Damion Corrigan both scored 21 and Nick Ebbeck chipped in with two boundaries to make the chase look easy. With five boundaries it had looked as if Matt complete the chase alone until he skied one to square leg where Asif was able to hold on to a difficult chance.

Northants wondered if they might have a chance when Nick was caught by the keeper two balls later only for Damion to lead the chase home supported by Andy Law. The chance of a third-wicket was thrown away as a nick to the keeper was dropped so Mike Harrison completed his spell with just two for six, surely wondering how he was on the losing side with such a great bowling display.

Metro start their cup campaign on the 7 May against Somerset again at Highgate.

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 at h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org  07966 260089

Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy at lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org at 07966 260089

 

Metro Blind Sports Social Networks

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Cricket Nets at Highgate Woods – 6 Sept 2022

Photo of a blind cricket ball hitting a cricket net and the text says Metro Blind Sport cricket nets and training tuesdays 5 pm at Highgate Woods cricket nets
Venue:
Highgate Woods cricket nets, Highgate Wood, Muswell Hill Road
London N10 3JN
Time:
5.00 pm - TBC
Phone:
07742323224
Date:
06th September 2022
Cost:
FREE


Metro Blind Sport cricket nets and training

Learn to play blind cricket and train with the Metro cricket team players at Highgate Woods cricket nets

Cricket Nets at Highgate Woods

Date:  Every Tuesday – during the cricket  season  Time:  5 pm
Location: Highgate Woods cricket nets, Highgate Wood, Muswell Hill Road
London N10 3JN
Meeting place: Meet and greet available, on request, from Highgate Tube Station

Please email or ring one of the contacts below, to confirm that the event is taking place that week and that you would like to attend.

Contacts:   Cricket Sport Lead: Rory Field
Email: rory.field74@gmail.com Phone: 07742323224 or
Email: lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org Phone: 07966260089

 

Link to our Cricket page: https://blindsport.uk/Cricket

Link to  all our Cricket Videos: https://blindsport.uk/CricketVids

 

Blind Cricket  video 1  from Metro Blind sport below

The video below has been created by Metro Blind Sport to demonstrate the equipment used and how to set up the pitch for blind and partially sighted people to play.

 

Metro Blind Sports Social Networks

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Cricket Nets at Highgate Woods – 30 Aug 2022

Photo of cricket player bowling at a batsman in the nets at Highate Woods. Text says Metro Blind Sport cricket nets and training tuesdays 5 pm at Highgate Woods
Venue:
Highgate Woods cricket nets, Highgate Wood, Muswell Hill Road
London N10 3JN
Time:
5.00 pm - TBC
Phone:
07742323224
Date:
30th August 2022
Cost:
FREE


Metro Blind Sport cricket nets and training

Learn to play blind cricket and train with the Metro cricket team players at Highgate Woods cricket nets

Cricket Nets at Highgate Woods

Date:  Every Tuesday – during the cricket  season  Time:  5 pm
Location: Highgate Woods cricket nets, Highgate Wood, Muswell Hill Road
London N10 3JN
Meeting place: Meet and greet available, on request, from Highgate Tube Station

Please email or ring one of the contacts below, to confirm that the event is taking place that week and that you would like to attend.

Contacts:   Cricket Sport Lead: Rory Field
Email: rory.field74@gmail.com Phone: 07742323224 or
Email: lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org Phone: 07966260089

 

Link to our Cricket page: https://blindsport.uk/Cricket

Link to  all our Cricket Videos: https://blindsport.uk/CricketVids

 

Blind Cricket  video 1  from Metro Blind sport below

The video below has been created by Metro Blind Sport to demonstrate the equipment used and how to set up the pitch for blind and partially sighted people to play.

 

Metro Blind Sports Social Networks

Get all the latest blind & partially sighted event information & news as soon as we do!

Metro Blind Sport:  Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Instagram   |  LinkedIn 

Metro Blind Sport membership:  more info or Join here

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