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Metro Cricket: Caught and Bowled Two!

Metro Cricket Team Win Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 2019!

Caught and Bowled Two

–  31st August 2019

Metro won the BBS Cup, for the first time it was renamed after Heindrich, in a match that at the end was much less stressful for supporters at the County Ground in Bristol than their semi-final win at Highgate had been.

Amazingly once again the win was secured by a caught and bowled as Rory look a great low catch to dismiss the other skipper for 65 in the thirteenth over. It was a great comeback after that over had started with twelve runs conceded off four balls, but then ended with two wickets in two balls as the incoming batsman was caught by Mo at mid-wicket to leave Rory on a hat trick; one that was not to be when he returned to bowl 14 overs later.

Photo of the County Ground in Bristol with metro team warming up

Photo of the County Ground in Bristol with metro team warming upAfter an excellent tea provided by Gloucestershire of lasagne and salad Metro’s opening bowlers Gareth and Mo had got the defence of Metro’s score off to the expected quality start as, backed up by quality fielding, they limited the reply to just 10 from the first four overs. Mo picking up the first of his two wickets as Matt took a good catch at cover to dismiss Rory H. As Somerset kept their scoring worm ahead however it was that catch, and the wicket next ball that swung the game in favour of Metro.

At half way Somerset were on 99 still 15 ahead of where Metro had been but crucially they had lost three wickets. They managed to score less than half that in the remaining overs reaching just a gross for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of their innings.

 

Metro Cricket team skipper Rory chat at half time
Metro Cricket team skipper Rory chat at half time

Eight of those were part of Steve Cook’s 34, a shot that resulted in Prem coming on to cover for Mark Bond who cramped up after chasing the ball all the way to the fine leg boundary. Mo and Justin put together back to back maidens at overs nineteen and twenty; a feat followed by Rory and Andy Law in overs twenty-eight and twenty-nine. Andy ended his two overs with two wickets for just three runs, in addition to that maiden. His second wicket was a stunning catch from Mark Russell who ran from slip to silly point to grab the ball.

Mark had been at the crease as Metro’s innings ended on the fourth highest ever cup final score of 233, twenty-seven short of the record, relieving the pain of the low score in last year’s final. There had been concern that this may not have been possible as light rain and grey skies delayed the start by almost an hour, but all agreed that the match should remain at thirty overs and Metro were put into bat so it was over to Matt and Nick. The start was electric as Matt hit two fours, including one from a no ball, before the bowlers struck back supported by effective fielding to limit both Nick and then Andy to low scores so that when the second wicket fell in the ninth over, with Andy’s runner not getting back for a second the score was only 43.

As the sky started to turn blue and the sun shone Metro started to build on this platform with Justin joining Matt at the crease. Shortly after Matt reached 50 Justin hit the only 6 of the day, over square leg, to bring up 100 in the nineteenth over. The pair put on 125 for the third wicket before Matt was bowled by Mikey for 73, there has only been one higher partnership in a BBS cup final. Justin was finally out, caught and bowled by Ed having scored 89 from 63 balls – exactly the same number as faced by Matt – having hit 13 fours as well as that six.

Metro Cricket Team and Charlie all Smiling with their medal and the cup
Metro Cricket Team and Charlie all Smiling with their medal and the cup

Congratulations to Metro’s winning cup team; the XI on the day – Rory Field, Hassan Khan, Amit Amin, Andy Law, Mark Russell, Matt Dean, Mo Ghalib, Justin Hollingsworth, Nick Ebbeck, Mark Bond and Gareth Jones; the three who were there in support: Rob McKenzie as well as Mujahaid Zabit and Prem Sellathurai, who along with Ryan Jones and Matt Pounder had played in earlier rounds.

The cricket season end in Woverhampton on 21st September when Metro play in the David Townley T20 cup finals day, along with Sussex, Northants and Yorkshire.

Report by Paul Toplis

“What a win for the Metro cricket team today in the national cup final. Congratulations to all of the players. Well done to both teams! ” – Martin Symcox

“They did it! Well done to Metro cricket team for winning by 89 runs today to lift the trophy! A brilliant performance from Somerset also which provided a great cricket final” – Charlie Raven

 

 

 

 

Metro Cricket Team Win The Cup!

Metro Cricket Team Win Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 2019!

BBS & Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cricket Cup final

Caught and Bowled Two   –  31st August 2019

Metro won the BBS Cup, for the first time it was renamed after Heindrich, in a match that at the end was much less stressful for supporters at the County Ground in Bristol than their semi-final win at Highgate had been.

 

Photo of the County Ground in Bristol with metro team warming up
Photo of the County Ground in Bristol with metro team warming up

Amazingly once again the win was secured by a caught and bowled as Rory look a great low catch to dismiss the other skipper for 65 in the thirteenth over. It was a great comeback after that over had started with twelve runs conceded off four balls, but then ended with two wickets in two balls as the incoming batsman was caught by Mo at mid-wicket to leave Rory on a hat trick; one that was not to be when he returned to bowl 14 overs later.

After an excellent tea provided by Gloucestershire of lasagne and salad Metro’s opening bowlers Gareth and Mo had got the defence of Metro’s score off to the expected quality start as, backed up by quality fielding, they limited the reply to just 10 from the first four overs. Mo picking up the first of his two wickets as Matt took a good catch at cover to dismiss Rory H. As Somerset kept their scoring worm ahead however it was that catch, and the wicket next ball that swung the game in favour of Metro.

Metro Cricket team skipper Rory chat at half time
Metro Cricket team skipper Rory chat at half time

At half way Somerset were on 99 still 15 ahead of where Metro had been but crucially they had lost three wickets. They managed to score less than half that in the remaining overs reaching just a gross for the loss of 7 wickets at the end of their innings. Eight of those were part of Steve Cook’s 34, a shot that resulted in Prem coming on to cover for Mark Bond who cramped up after chasing the ball all the way to the fine leg boundary. Mo and Justin put together back to back maidens at overs nineteen and twenty; a feat followed by Rory and Andy Law in overs twenty-eight and twenty-nine. Andy ended his two overs with two wickets for just three runs, in addition to that maiden. His second wicket was a stunning catch from Mark Russell who ran from slip to silly point to grab the ball.

Mark had been at the crease as Metro’s innings ended on the fourth highest ever cup final score of 233, twenty-seven short of the record, relieving the pain of the low score in last year’s final. There had been concern that this may not have been possible as light rain and grey skies delayed the start by almost an hour, but all agreed that the match should remain at thirty overs and Metro were put into bat so it was over to Matt and Nick. The start was electric as Matt hit two fours, including one from a no ball, before the bowlers struck back supported by effective fielding to limit both Nick and then Andy to low scores so that when the second wicket fell in the ninth over, with Andy’s runner not getting back for a second the score was only 43.

As the sky started to turn blue and the sun shone Metro started to build on this platform with Justin joining Matt at the crease. Shortly after Matt reached 50 Justin hit the only 6 of the day, over square leg, to bring up 100 in the nineteenth over. The pair put on 125 for the third wicket before Matt was bowled by Mikey for 73, there has only been one higher partnership in a BBS cup final. Justin was finally out, caught and bowled by Ed having scored 89 from 63 balls – exactly the same number as faced by Matt – having hit 13 fours as well as that six.

Metro Cricket Team Smiling with thier medal and the cup
Metro Cricket Team Smiling with thier medal and the cup

Congratulations to Metro’s winning cup team; the XI on the day – Rory Field, Hassan Khan, Amit Amin, Andy Law, Mark Russell, Matt Dean, Mo Ghalib, Justin Hollingsworth, Nick Ebbeck, Mark Bond and Gareth Jones; the three who were there in support: Rob McKenzie as well as Mujahaid Zabit and Prem Sellathurai, who along with Ryan Jones and Matt Pounder had played in earlier rounds.

The cricket season end in Woverhampton on 21st September when Metro play in the David Townley T20 cup finals day, along with Sussex, Northants and Yorkshire.

Report by Paul Toplis

“What a win for the Metro cricket team today in the national cup final. Congratulations to all of the players. Well done to both teams! ” – Martin Symcox

“They did it! Well done to Metro cricket team for winning by 89 runs today to lift the trophy! A brilliant performance from Somerset also which provided a great cricket final” – Charlie Raven

 

 

 

Cricket: Low Scoring Thriller!

Metro Cricket Team

Low Scoring Thriller in Cup Final Prelude

20th July 2019

After a pitch inspection that had the team waiting for news at Paddington the good news was that despite the heavy rain the pitch was suitable for play. The venue was well off the beaten track up a narrow, winding lane so the old sound to disturb play was the steam whistle and the gentle rumble from the nearby railway.

The day was dry with some pleasant sunny spells but not easy for cricket as there was a stiff and, at times, strong breeze blowing across the square. The home side won the toss and had no hesitation in asking the Metro nine to bat first.

The action began at ball four as Matt hit the ball high into the air and the bowler positioned themselves to catch it only for the ball to slip through their grip as the batsmen took a single. The bowlers kept things very tight and when Rory was offered a more demanding caught and bowled opportunity he hung on to dismiss Nick. He almost had a wicket maiden until bowling a wide – but he did make good use of the extra ball as Andy was given half out leg before.

This was to be important as in the next over and facing just his next ball Andy was dismissed by Ed. A promising partnership for the third wicket was ended when Matt was run out by a good throw in from the fine leg boundary as he tried to get back for a two without getting his bat down; this stand had added 21 runs and was the highest partnership of the innings as Somerset kept the pressure up by taking regular wickets.

The next was another run out: Prem was caught out backing up too far as Somerset fielded well to keep the pressure on the batsmen. Mark was then bowled by Ed before Mo, who scored fastest on the day, before hitting one shot too many in the air to be caught in the covers, followed shortly afterwards by Asif who was caught at point. Rory was left not out when Mujahaid was bowled by Somerset’s Rory and there were just 84 runs to defend in the Somerset innings.

Before that there was a very good tea that included fantastic scones and the traditional speeches that celebrated the spirit of the game. Asif then opened the bowling with Mo at the other end and there were four dots at the start of every one of the first four overs that left hope in Metro hearts as Mujahaid had caught Ed off Asif – so the score was just 11 for one.

Good fielding all round kept the scoring opportunities limited but the home side, with time and overs on their side, could just wait for the runs to accumulate slowly. Rory worked hard to pick up the next wicket with both halves of an lbw decision, before the over of the match from Mo – a double wicket maiden with Rory and Alan both clean bowled and the game perhaps hanging in the balance as forty-six runs were still needed with four wickets lost. Here Somerset grabbed their opportunity – benefitting from the wind making it hard for Andy to get the ball down straight while Rob was also striking the ball cleanly when the opportunity arose to reach the day’s top score of 27.

With eighteen overs completed the scorers were level and the game seemed over. Up stepped Mo to repeat his earlier feat, a second double wicket maiden – Rob was caught in the covers by Matt after an expert flick on by Andy before Rory ran in sharply from mid-wicket to catch Heidi. This could however only delay the inevitable as the batsmen ran through to win the game at the start of the next over – completing the run before the ball crossed the mid-wicket boundary.

So sadly, as slip up in the race for the league title, but much encouragement from the game to take to the cup final – especially Mo’s bowling, no extras in his 5 overs, 2 maidens, four for just seven runs!

VI Sport Taster Day 20 July!

Vision Impaired Sport Taster Day - Hounslow - 20 July

Vision Impaired Sports Taster Day – 20th July

  • Are you looking to get physically active?
  • Maybe, wanting to try something new?

 Activities on offer include:

Goalball, Tennis, Football, Cricket,  Guided Running Swimming, Introduction to the Gym, Health Checks

Venue: Heston Pools and Fitness, Hounslow, TW5 0LW  Time: 12 pm – 3.30 pm.

To register for this FREE Event! Please, Email:

charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or Call 07956 292 046

Meet and greet will be available from the Hounslow East Station at 11.30am, with a free minibus service to the Sports Centre.

Organised by

Metro BlindSport, Goalball Uk, Middlesex Association for the Blind and Fusion logos

Metro Blind Sport, in collaboration with Goalball UKMiddlesex Association for the Blind and Fusion Lifestyle invite you to  come along to the Free VI Sports Taster Day and have some fun by trying out a wide range of sports designed for blind and partially sighted people.

 

DSC Summer Festival 26 July

DSC Summer Festival 26 July 10 am – 2:30 pm
Venue:
Westway Sports & Fitness Centre 1 Crowthorne Road London W10 6RP
Time:
10.00 am - 2.30 pm
Phone:
0207 021 0973
Date:
26th July 2019
Cost:
£3


DSC Summer Festival 2019 multi-sports event!

Disability Sports Coach Summer Festival is a  Multi-Sports event for all disabled people featuring over 20 inclusive sports, special guests, performances and more

Summer Festival 2019 – Below A Video message from Paralympian Kate Grey

Participants are free to enjoy over 20 different sports at their own pace, and with traditional and Paralympic/ adapted sports on offer you won’t be short of choice! Sports include Football, Cricket, Tennis, Boccia, Badminton and more!

We will also be joined by special guests throughout the day to encourage, support and take those all-important selfies with.

More exciting information will be released on our website, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram over the coming months so keep yourself updated.

Event Details

Date: Fri, July 26, 2019  Time:  10:00 AM – 2:30 PM BST Add to Calendar

Venue: Westway Sports & Fitness Centre 1 Crowthorne Road London W10 6RP

For more information, please call Lauren Mawdsley

Price: £3
RegisterClick here to register

Contact:  on 0207 021 0973 or email laurenm@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk

Event Page link: Disability Sports Coach Festival 2019

We have 22 sports on offer, take a look who will be providing each on the day:

Traditional Sports

  1. Football – TBC
  2. Cycling – Bikeworks
  3. Cricket – TBC
  4. Baseball – Baseball Softball UK
  5. Tennis – Westway Tennis & Lawn Tennis Association
  6. Netball – England Netball
  7. Badminton – Black Arrows Badminton Club
  8. Golf – The Golf Trust
  9. Archery – Disability Sports Coach
  10. Table Tennis – Disability Sports Coach

Paralympic & Adapted Sports

  1. Wheelchair Rugby – Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby
  2. Boccia – Disability Sports Coach
  3. Polybat – Disability Sports Coach
  4. Indoor Rowing – London Youth Rowing
  5. Sitting Volleyball – Disability Sports Coach

Thrill-seeking Activities

  1. Skateboarding – Skates & Ladders
  2. Thai Boxing – Thai Boxing Fighters Academy
  3. Switch – SwitchSports
  4. Virtual reality – University of Lincoln

Light Exercise

  1. Dance – ParaDance UK
  2. Fitness – Westway sports and Fitness
  3. Yoga (until 12noon only) – Westway Sports & Fitness

We challenge you to take part in all 22 sports!

 

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

  • No minimum age requirement·

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

  • Blue badge parking is available. Parking for non- blue badge holders is available- up to 5 hours is £3.50
  •  Closest tube station is Latimer Road and is less than 5 mins walk

This event is proudly sponsored by LMAX Exchange: www.lmax.com and Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea.

David Mercer, CEO of LMAX Exchange said: “Based in West London, LMAX Exchange has built a successful, high growth technology company that has become a leading innovator in global capital markets. We are committed and pleased to support all sports and youth development in the local community where we work. And it is our privilege to support Disability Sports Coach’s Summer Festival 2019 and their objective of getting disabled people physically active, by creating sporting and physical activity opportunities, ensuring a positive impact on their lives.”