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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

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Cricket: Never Underestimate a Twelfth Man!

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Metro Devils v Dorset Dolphins – 11  June!

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They were essential for both sides at Highgate on Saturday as Darrel’s injury for the visitors gave Alan an opportunity while Shiv came into the Devil’s side when Everton was unable to make it to the match.

Dorset arrived having scored 233 batting first in their last match against Hampshire and is his exclusive post-match interview the Devil’s skipper said, “Dorset are a force to reckon with and I believe if they had won the toss, they’d put us in and either chased hard or batted out for a draw.”

That plan was frustrated as the queen came up smiling following a call of tails by the visitors. The Devils still started one short as Mark Bond was delayed by the travel chaos of the tube not running north of Archway and did not arrive until the end of the first over.

He was there to keep but Prem stepped into the breach and so it was he who took the nick behind off Rob McKenzie – his 20th fielding dismissal before Mark arrived; another storming start for the home side to leave the Dolphins 5 for 1.

The opening bowlers found the gusty wind and left-right batting combination hard work and gave away 11 wides in the first four overs. Ahmed also struggled in his first over but did get one dead straight to dismiss the dangerous Dorset total.

There was a mid-pitch conference that led to the visitors asking about over rates, but the bowling did generally improve after that although the visitors had a great spell on either side of the drinks break.

Despite their number four retiring hurt they put on 85 for the next wicket, when Mark bowled their skipper for 22 with the score on 121. Steve had become the 49th player known to have reached 1,000 BCEW career runs in that knock although he is still a few short of that milestone for Dorset.

The home side had kept the run rate under control despite Tim the Dorset opener scoring well at one end – not a chanceless innings as there were two catches offered to square leg and the rugby-playing Ryan Jones was probably disappointed not to take the second one; but when he retired there was a lull in the scoring until Ryan took two wickets in an over to bring Sharnie and Alan together.

Alan made great use of his opportunity with a rapid quarter-century; at the innings break, a target of 179 had been set.

After an excellent tea and some kind words, not including the post-match exclusive insight of “Chaps we have absolutely have to switch on, it was hot, it was tough I know, but let’s work on being switched on, as well as our lines and lengths for next week.

“The chase was underway. Despite being offered the same challenge of a left-right combination of batters the visitor’s bowlers kept their lines well and Robert bowled the home skipper in his second over with the score of 24.

Chris now joined Ryan and “Ryan and Chris were majestic, driving, pulling and sweeping”, putting on 90 together before they retired with their 50s either side of drinks with 50 more needed as Prem and Anil took up the challenge. It looked as if Prem might guide the devil’s home, but he was bowled still 19 short with 6 overs left.

Was there perhaps an opening for Dorset? Tim came on to bowl and with just one off the bat, the next over was heading to be a good one for the visitors. However, Amit then offered a simple caught behind chance which was taken by the keeper and with Mark coming in and smashing his first two balls to the square leg boundary the match was effectively all over.

There was just time for Mark to run out Anil as he thought the ball had been steered into the gap at third man only to see it being held by the wicket keeper. This allowed Shiv to be at the crease as victory was sealed with three overs to spare.

So on to the 20/20 cup quarter-final against Surrey next Sunday.

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: Devils Edge Twenty, Yes 20! Wicket Thriller

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14 May – Metro Devils v Surrey VICC

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With the home skipper laying on very pleasant warm sunshine for the enjoyment of the visiting crowd while also displaying vision and innovation in captaincy to match that of the newly appointed England test coach, this was set to be a great game from the start.

Sadly, we will never discover the detail of his innovation for overs twenty-three and twenty-four as the match ended one ball before he needed to declare his plans.

Six total overs had been bowled, and Alan was completing the sixteenth over of the front-line partial bowlers when the visitors again picked out Nick in the deep, and his throw was gathered in by Chris to complete a fifth run out and a 25 run victory.

The start was not great, however, as Hassan was unable to spin the coin to land on the opposite side to that called by Surrey, who knowing victory is easier batting second, elected to field.

The Devil’s start was not as they hoped for as the visiting captain ran out Prem in just the third over, and Amit was bowled the next over with the score of 26.

Everton joined Chris, and this pair almost reached the drinks break with Chris playing some very pleasant drives and Everton looking to switch hit through third man. Chris was bowled by Lois, and the skipper came in to steady the innings tottering on 65.

However, Everton was trapped leg before to give Lois a second wicket and soon followed back to the bench by Shiv. Shiv had been given a life after managing to hit a wide and get caught in the covers by Dave Allen but did not learn to keep the ball down and offered another chance that was taken by Lois just three balls later.

At 84, Anil joined the captain for the partnership of the innings as they completed a 58 run stand before Hassan skied one to Lois, trying to up the scoring rate – doubtless thinking of both the total to defend and a fourth batting point.

At that point, there was a collapse as three more wickets fell for just nine runs. The third batting point just secured Nick joined Alan at the crease, and his 16 from 9 balls before being trapped LBW by the visiting skipper, while recovering his breath from an all run four, ended the innings three balls short of the full allocation.

Tea was back at that point – served at the scorebox in the traditional way and enjoyed by all as Hassan thanked everyone for a hard fought first half of the game and looked forward to the second half. Surely he was one of the few confident that 167 could be defended, but why should any of us doubt him?

The field carefully set Rob came in to bowl the opening ball from the scorebox end; it bounced on Lois, who pulled it towards midwicket when Nick steadied himself to hold on to a tumbling catch.

Quite a good start, it seemed, but then just three balls later, the ball again went to Nick, and the visitors attempted to open the scoring only for the other opener, Scott, to be run out without having faced a ball!

Truth is stranger than fiction and Rob’s dreams as the next ball was looped straight up into the air off the bat with Prem taking a simple catch. A wide rather spoilt the over which ended with a dot; the score 1 for 3! Then just like busses, along comes another over, starting with a wicket as Everton catches George and a second over goes by with just a wide scored.

Surrey can only improve, and Dave Allen scores a very quick 27 before he nicks one from Ahmed through to the keeper, so 39 for 5. This brings the visitors captain to the crease to share a 50 run partnership with Joshua before Nick completes an LBW dismissal that had been started in Ahmed’s first over.

Surrey’s hopes seemed to hang on Dave staying in and finding support from others. Leanne was batting well in support when Dave was run out three short of a half-century by a direct hit from Anil at mid-on. Forty-six needed with almost ten overs left and three wickets in hand, and the tension mounted.

Metro fielded well to allow them to complete victory with three run outs as Surrey seemed unable to judge a safe run as several opportunities looked to be turned down until that final moment allowed the Devils to celebrate a 23 point win that lifts them to the top of the league table.

Cricket coming up – Metro face national league leaders Sussex away next Saturday, and then Devils play Dorset at Highgate on the 11th of June.

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: Hat Trick?; Historic Hat Trick

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Metro vs Somerset –  7 May 2022

Sadly no; and the keeper is beaten by the pace of the delivery which almost reaches the boundary allowing Somerset to take two byes. In fairness it was probably only the scorer, informed by their computer, who knew Kathryn was facing a hat trick ball from Mo.

In the last ball of the sixteenth over he had trapped Martin LBW and then had not bowled until the twenty fourth over when Heidi pulled the first ball in the air to give Prem a catch at square leg. Mo did trap Kathryn LBW later in the over to collect his second “three for” of the season.

So then to history and this was the first match in the Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Cup competition since it was formally a BCEW and not a BBS event.

Metro did reach a hat trick of wins against Somerset that started with winning the 2019 final and was followed by last years’ quarter final away win in Somerset – a fantastic 10 wicket win. The reward for this victory is a trip to either Cheshire or Northants on 23rd July.

The match today was played in conditions that ranged from those to worry the scorer that rain might make their task difficult to enough sunshine to encourage some to try and top up their tan. It started a little late and with the visitors asked to bat after Rory won the toss.

A big moment in the game on just the second ball as Rory bowled toward the scoreboard and there was a huge Metro appeal for a catch to Mark behind the stumps. The umpire’s finger did not even twitch but following the spirit of cricket the Somerset skipper walked.

Perhaps this was the start of another “hat trick” for wicket keeper catches as Rory caught both Rory and Phil behind the stumps, although later in the game Mark missed another sharp chance off Rory’s bowling.

Somerset’s innings was anchored by Rob who was out just one boundary short of 50 when Matt Dean’s safe hands took a catch at mid-on to leave the score at 81 for 7; this wicket was a repeat of the dismissal of Rory – the same fielder and the same bowler Damion.

Towards the end of the visitors’ innings Mikey struck a few good blows and looked to be in a position to allow them to reach a century until Rory managed to hold onto a caught and bowled chance; leaving Metro needing exactly 100 to win.

The effort in the field was excellent by the whole team – perhaps especially Chris and Sam on debut who bowled four overs for just 10 and three overs for 16 respectively.

After tea Matt and Damion enjoyed taking on the run chase with both hitting the ball so hard that three balls were needed in the 9.4 overs required to complete the win, as two burst!

Their partnership was not without moments of danger – there was possible catches for Mikey, Rory and Ed. Matt amassed 57 with 10 fours while Damion’s 39 included four boundaries and a massive 6 over mid-wicket in their unbroken partnership of 102.

Next week the Devils start their season at Highgate while Metro’s next game is the week after away at Sussex.

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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