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Cricket: It’s Still a Washout!!!

Metro Cricket Team

It’s Still a Washout!!!

19th May 2019

Shortly after Gareth had bowled the opposition number three through his legs to take the second wicket in his first over, to follow up a nick through to the keeper – it happened. Gloomy clouds had been gathering since the tea break started to replace the pleasant fluffy wide variety that had formed a counterfoil to the blue of the sky during the early afternoon. The start was just a few drops, almost invisible unless they showed on the scorer’s screen or papers.

Slowly the intensity increased and measures were taken to shield the records until at five to five the umpires brought the teams off.  At first everyone stood at the side of the pitch confident that play would restart quickly with no need to reduce the number of overs to be bowled, the rain almost stopped but then a heavier burst sent teams and officials scuttling for shelter.

The umpires were keen to try and get a result from a match that did seem to be finely balanced between the teams as Northants had been set 262 to win from 30 overs and had reached 42 for 2 after 7.4 overs following great opening spells from both Mo and Gareth. However there was no let up as all waited with hope and expectation – there were lulls and then heavier bursts and enough water had fallen to leave puddles.

It was with some reluctance that an hour after with the captains the umpires abandoned the match; Metro disappointed that this left them a wicket short of a bonus point with the visitors also keen to score the 8 runs they needed for another point.

Rory perhaps regretting his choice to allow them an opportunity to grab a final bowling point after he was dismissed for a rapid 52, from just 23 balls, when attempting to hit another boundary he overbalanced and trod on the stumps with one ball left in the thirtieth over. Chris Ross grabbed the opportunity with a second hit wicket to leave his next delivery as a hat trick ball as Metro did declare their innings closed.

The score had been built around a solid batting performance from all the top order led by Matt who scored 74 and good contributions, both from 35 balls, of 22 from Andy Law and 26 from Justin Hollingsworth on his Metro debut. Andy might have scored more if his runner had not blocked two of his square drives. They had faced a very good visiting bowling attack, with Mia, Asif and Dave Keeling all being both accurate and economical, while Mark T took 4 wickets in his eight overs. He had been forced to bowl more overs than perhaps expected after the amazing incident of the flying bat.

Metro had been restricted to 47 from the first seven overs and with Mark bowling the first total over the openers were looking to increase the scoring rate. After a wide and three singles had brought up the 50 Justin attempted a pull which was top edged but remarkably it was the bat not the ball then needed to be watched.

Dave G had positioned himself at a very short forty-five to try and cut down the leg side runs and was hit on the shoulder as the bat escaped wet gloves to fly through the air to hit Dave on the shoulder. He later came off to have an ice pack treatment and at tea went to the hospital for a scan and check up as he started to lose feeling in his hand. Fortunately the injury was not too serious and he should be able to play again next weekend.

The abandonment leaves Northants top of the league table; Metro next face Sussex on the first of June at Highgate to try and reverse the result of last year’s cup final to get a first league win of this year.

There have been completed friendlies as the Devils have travelled to both Berkshire and Surrey for games, and excellent teas, over the last two weekends. Good performances from emerging players have earnt them a win over the Stags and in a thrilling finish, that ended with an extra free final over that went for just seven runs, a tie against Surrey.

Report by Paul Toplis

 

Metro at ICC Trophy Tour!

ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour at North London Cricket Club

Metro Cricket Teams Demo Blind Cricket on the ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour!

The Trophy has been touring for 100 days around the world and now it is in the UK.

On Tuesday 21  May at the North London Cricket club at a closed event, The Metro cricket teams will be demonstrating Blind Cricket to youtuber Theo Baker and ICC representatives and the players will no doubt getting some well-deserved photos with the oh so shiny Trophy in the process!

Twitter : @cricketworldcup   @theobaker_ ‏  #CWCTrophyTour

Find out where the tour is going to next via their Website: https://www.cricketworldcup.com/trophy-tour 

ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour! Trophy at Stonehenge
ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour! Trophy at Stonehenge

 

 

Metro at ICC Trophy Tour!

ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour at North London Cricket Club

Metro Cricket Teams Demo Blind Cricket on the ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour!

The Trophy has been touring for 100 days around the world and now it is in the UK.

On Tuesday 21  May at the North London Cricket club at a closed event, The Metro cricket teams will be demonstrating Blind Cricket to youtuber Theo Baker and ICC representatives and the players will no doubt getting some well-deserved photos with the oh so shiny Trophy in the process!

Twitter : @cricketworldcup   @theobaker_ ‏  #CWCTrophyTour

Find out where the tour is going to next via their Website: https://www.cricketworldcup.com/trophy-tour 

ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour! Trophy at Stonehenge
ICC Cricket Trophy World Tour! Trophy at Stonehenge

 

 

Cricket: It’s a Washout! 

Metro Devils vs Gloucestershire Growlers 

It’s a Washout! 

Metro Devils vs Gloucestershire Growlers 

5th May 2019

A washout that was not just rain but hail too at about six-fifteen; the fourth time that rain had interfered with the Devils match against the Gloucestershire Growlers bringing it to an end. The home side was very disappointed as this meant their fantastic performance could not end as a win, with just 24 runs required and plenty of overs to spare. This was however not quite the washout of the week before when Metro had not been able to start their defence of the National League title in Yorkshire as the game was called off on Friday evening. A rearrangement is hoped for.

Wicket, bat and ball with the cricket match in the background
Wicket, bat and ball with the cricket match in the background – photo by Charlie Raven

So to return to this Saturday where the match between two well-matched teams began with the home skipper, Hassan, hardly able to get out quickly enough a decision to field first after winning the toss. The home side had two debutants Prem Sellathurai and Mujahaid Zabit while the visitors included one very familiar face in their team – Aemonn having joined the Growlers over the winter. A winter that was still present as a shower delayed the start until almost one thirty.

Metro Devils Cricket Team
Metro Devils Cricket Team

Once able to start the Devils made the early running with the skipper taking a diving catch at short cover in Jack’s first over, this wicket being followed just two overs later by that of the away skipper bowled to leave the visitors on 17 for 2 at the first bowling change. A couple of overs later after two batsmen had been clean bowled Aemonn was facing Asif’s hat trick ball; which he was able to block. A few overs later he did not block but skied the ball straight up, surely aware of the risk giving who was bowling, as Ryan was able to run down the pitch and take a brilliant diving catch, perhaps an early contender for “catch of the season”; with just 60 runs on the board.

The next wicket to fall also involved Ryan who gathered a wild return from Hassan to complete a run out just one ball before thunder and lightning brought a ten-minute break in play that reduced the game to 50 overs. The next few overs were the best for the visitors as their opener, Dan, reached 50 before having to retire; and the Devils then regained the upper hand as Jack took his third wicket. This left the visitors desperately running hard to grab as many runs as possible. Rob and Dave Samuels both picked up wickets and then, Ryan having moved off the boundary to short cover, secured a run out as one risk too many was taken – leaving Dan on 62 and a target of 151 to win from 23 overs.

With rain still threatening and the temperature distinctly chilly tea was hurried as sitting outside was unpleasant and the devils were very keen to start their run chase. Metro openers Prem and Ryan raced, at times literally – as Ryan could certainly run three while Prem ran two and was not far short of running two while Prem ran one, to 76 from eight overs before another twenty-minute rain break before the umpires were satisfied that the ground was dry enough to play safely again. Ryan reached his 50 with a drive through cover for two off a no-ball with 83 on the board just one over later. Hassan joined Prem before being forced off injured to be replaced by Ahmed as the continued chill had forced Mujahaid, among others, to change from his kit into warmer clothes leaving a limited choice of substitutes. The Growlers were still unable to slow the scoring rate which remained at about ten an over until the final storm came leaving Prem on 31 scored at a run a ball.

The next cricket at Highgate sees Northants playing Metro on the 18th, while in other news the delayed 2018 T20 cup finals saw Somerset emerge as winners by beating Yorkshire and Northants on another chilly, but at least dry, day in Wolverhampton.

Report By Paul Toplis

 

 

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.”