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Have We Been Here Before: Part 3; Sadly, yes – we have!

Metro Devils Cricket Team

4th and 5th July 2015

Yes; sadly indeed as Metro’s league game against Somerset was called off this weekend as a mark of respect from BCEW following the untimely death of Metro member and BCEW chairman David Townley; so the team travelled to their Heindrich Swanepoel memorial cup match against Northants on Sunday saddened by this news.

It seemed as if the weather was reflecting the team’s grey feelings with dark coloured low cloud surrounding the ground and despite the forecast rain looked likely as the two teams started the day with a few moments of silence followed by a hearty round of applause in “DT”s memory.

Looking for their first cup triumph since the cup was renamed and wanting perhaps to win more keenly than ever this year for “DT” Metro started well by winning the toss and electing to bowl – a potential advantage being sought in the event of any rain delay which would be expected to make chasing easier. Northants made a solid, if rather slow start to the match with Mohammed in particular being very hard to score off – after starting with a no ball he bowled 24 “dots”, with two maidens, and just two wides before another run from the bat was taken off him.

He was well supported by other bowlers in restricting the Steelbacks to just 41 off the first ten critical overs. Critical because that would be the minimum number to make a game if the rain interfered. The run rate was increased after that as the score doubled by the end of the fifteenth for the loss of one wicket as Gavin fell LBW to Amit. After that Metro put the squeeze back on with a fine performance from all in the field – catches for Mark Bond, Matt Dean and Amit meant the score was 130 for 6 just after the twenty-sixth over; and then three well taken run outs took three wickets for one run before Rory bowled the number eleven with the score on 140; he finished with 3 wickets taken for just 12 runs conceded, and five balls of the 30 overs unused by the home side; whose top scorer was Gavin with 42.

During the first innings a few minutes had been lost to rain – falling while the forecast on the web was still refusing to predict rain and then 20 minutes were lost after just one legal ball had been bowled of the Metro innings; so there was a fear that a game could not be played and a bowl out might result. The umpires were however very keen to get in a game and so just two overs were agreed as lost with Metro thus asked to score 133 from 28; but still with that need for 10 overs to be played. The Steelbacks knew that only taking wickets would win them the game, if the rain stayed away, so started with their best bowlers. Metro’s openers Matt and Mohammed were equal to the task and set off scoring at more than 10 an over – before they were both out lofting drives to the home captain for caught and bowled; so with Hassan then unfortunate to play on facing the other opening bowler the score was 74 for 3 after seven overs. The sky remained dark and grim as Mark Bond joined the Metro captain in the middle and pushed the score on to 98 from 10 as at last the cloud lifted and warm sunshine flooded the ground. It seemed that perhaps this was a sign that the pain and sadness felt at “DT”’s passing should be turned, by all, into the sort of positive enthusiasm he brought to life in general and blind cricket in particular.
Anyway the appearance of the sunshine strangely seemed to sap the energy from the home side as with an unbroken partnership of 52 Metro easily reached the winning target with plenty of overs to spare. Yorkshire await next Saturday and the London team will be keen to reverse their early season league defeat in Wakefield and book themselves a cup final place for the 22nd August.

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Blind Cricket Pays tribute to DT

David Townley

10 July 2015

At the end of June 2015 Blind Cricket England and Wales Chairman David Townley, DT as he liked to be known, passed away at the age of 63 and the Blind Cricket community was quick to pay tribute.

DT’s sight began to fail him in his mid 40’s but his love of art, photography and sport continued leading him to try visually impaired cricket. As a B1 player David was a bowling all rounder for London Metro for around a decade and for several of those years he was the team’s captain. He won multiple league and cup titles and he still holds the record for the highest score by a B1 player in the BBS Cup Final

In 2004 he made his international debut at the start of the first ever Blind Cricket Ashes series during which he helped England beat Australia 3-2. A tour of Sri Lanka, a home series versus Pakistan and the 2006 World Cup in Islamabad followed as DT earned 18 England Caps and took 14 wickets for his country.

In 2007 DT became chairman of BCEW and added the title of President of the World Blind Cricket Council from 2010 to 2012. During this time David helped forge close links between BCEW and ECB, he started the Twenty20 Cup Competition and helped build BCEW into a strong, well managed charity.

In recognition of DT’s many on and off field achievements BCEW have announced that he will be the first of this year’s three inductees into the Blind Cricket Hall of Fame.

We are also proud to be able to announce that effective immediately we have renamed our T20 competition. It will now be known as the BCEW David Townley Memorial Twenty20 Cup

.David Townley DT

“It’s fitting that the Twenty20 Cup will now be named after DT,” said acting BCEW Chairman Dave Gavrilovic. “DT started the competition and even when he was having health problems he continued to organise T20 finals day every year. When we discussed the idea of renaming the tournament in his honour the response from everyone we spoke to was almost identical word for word, the Twenty20 Cup was DT’s baby.”.

Many others have paid tribute to DT since his passing was announced.

There were minutes silence and minutes applause held at a number of games including Berkshire Stags v Dorset Dolphins as pictured.

 

Dorset left Berkshire Right hold a minutes silence for DT

 

England and Wales Cricket Board Head of Disability Cricket Ian Martin told the ECB website: “David Townley was an exceptional administrator and passionate about Blind Cricket. He was a visionary and a selfless individual.

“His priority was ensuring that this generation of Blind Cricket administrators and players work tirelessly to ensure that what they leave behind is in a better position than what they inherited. I think that with more Blind Cricket teams than ever before and a successful and fully resourced England Blind team, he can rest in the satisfaction that his legacy will live on.

“There is no doubt that blind cricket and the wider disability cricket world is a poorer place for his passing.”

A number of clubs, officials and players as well as friends of the game also wanted to pass on their thoughts and we list those below:

Richard Hill (ECB Disability Cricket Support Officer)

This is awful news, I am filled with shock and grief for a truly wonderful and gentle man. Cricket and in particular VI cricket is indebted to David’s foresight and endeavour in getting it to where it currently sits.

He will be deeply missed, my condolences go out to his family and friends.

Chris Rivett (Final Third Sports Media)

This is terrible news.

Please accept and pass on my condolences on behalf of everyone at Final Third. So sorry to hear this sad news.

Les Clemenson (Head of BCEW Umpires Panel)

This is terrible news.

A great man and one whose presence and wise counsel will be missed by us all.

Paul Richardson (BCEW and World Blind Cricket Umpire)

This is really sad news. Our thoughts are with Dave’s family, friends and

colleagues.

Marc Gulwell (Gloucestershire Growlers Chairman)

Really sorry to hear this very sad news.

Sincere condolences from all of the growlers.

Philip Hancock (Nottinghamshire Knights Captain)

Very sad to here the news about DT, a man who always had time to help when it was needed or just for a chat, a great man will be missed

Phil and the Nottinghamshire Knights VICC

Lois Turner (Surrey and Metro player)

A kind, generous, thoughtful and truly inspiring man. Who will be truly missed

Rip xxx

Steve Bailey (Dorset Dolphins Captain)

We were very sorry to hear the news.

I would like to pass on the Dorset Dolphins regrets and sadness to his family.

Paul Toplis (Head of BCEW Scorers Panel)

DT was a huge figure in the blind cricket world and all of us who had the privilege to know him will miss him.

Gavin Griffiths (Northants and Former England Player)

It is a real real shame.

A truer gentleman of the game you’ll not find.

Alan Mabey (Somerset VICC Captain)

I’m really sorry to hear about the passing of David Townley.

Please accept and pass on, on behalf of everyone at Somerset VI Cricket, my condolences to everyone that knew DT, everyone at Metro and of course his family.

Francois, Rae and Elyse Bezuidenhout (BCEW Umpire, scorer and Gloucestershire Player respectively)

Please accept our condolences on the passing of David Townley.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at BCEW, and David’s family.

With deepest sympathy, Rae, Bez and Elyse

Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire Bears CCVI Captain and England International)

Our most sincere condolences to DTs family and friends on behalf of everyone at Warwickshire Bears.

Mark Fisher (RNC Hereford Bulldogs Development Officer)

This is very sad news. I was introduced to David at the time when I was considering running a club from RNC. He was instrumental in getting the ball rolling and facilitated our contact with John Garbett. I remember him as an engaging man with a passion for VI cricket. Please add our condolences to the many you will receive.

Geoff Smith (On Behalf of World Blind Cricket Ltd)

Great sadness has been expressed by all committee members of WBC and equally great and generous tributes were paid to him.

I was asked to pass on special and whole hearted thanks from Indian, Pakistani, South African and Australian blind cricketers as well as the personal condolences of all Committee members.

Ross Hunter (England Blind Cricket Team Head Coach)

It was a pleasure to get to know DT. He put his heart and soul into Visually Impaired cricket and touched so many lives in doing so. He will leave a void in our game. He is a great loss.

On behalf of the whole squad please pass on our love and condolences to his family.

Lyndsey Hollands (British Blind Sport Strategic Relationship Manager)

What sad news. My deepest condolences to all his family and friends.

John Cook (England Blind Cricket Team Assistant Coach)

I am very sad to hear of the news which has been passed on by Ian Martin. I knew DT for such a short space of time and in fact, when we next met I was promised an insight into his endeavours in the music industry (over a couple of vodka and tonics!); there was always a story to tell and that’s what I’ll certainly remember him for. I have viewed it from afar but the impact he has provided to recreational cricket and the national game has certainly made a long lasting impact that we everybody can sustain.

He’ll certainly be in my thoughts and for those close to him and his family I offer my sincere condolences. I will also miss the great photographs he too as well, that captured of the essence of what he worked so passionately to promote.

What a sad loss.

Ian Martin (ECB Disability Cricket Manager)

A very very sad loss to the blind cricket community. A visionary, a font of knowledge and a bloody good bloke. RIP DT.

Sheraz Chohan (Lancashire Lions Club Secretary and Cup Captain)

It is indeed very sad news at the passing of David Townley. We all at Lancashire Lions would like to offer our deepest and sincere condolences to his family and friends.

David’s hard work and commitment to BCEW was unquestionably superb and he will be sorely missed. A great ambassador for the game. I’m sure it must be difficult for you guys that served on the committee with him.

Undoubtedly a legend. Long may live his legacy.

Si Ledwith (Sussex Sharks VICC Captain and England International)

DT was a brilliant man. A great team mate, mentor and player but above all a dear friend. I’ll miss him eternally. RIP DT.

Matt Ringland (Northants Steelbacks Player)

Such sad news. I never knew DT on a personal level but I occasionally spoke with him and I know a huge void will be left. Very very sad news.

Luke Sugg (Warwickshire Bears CCVI Player and England Twenty20 Captain)

DT – eleven years ago next month we made our debut together. You were the ultimate ice man. RIP buddy – you will be sorely missed X.

Martin Humby (Twenty20 Finals Day Photographer)

I’ve been deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of David Townley

Such a great guy, always pleasant to talk to and be with.

I’ve only really got to know him over the last seven summers at the BCEW Finals. It was always a pleasure to stop and chat with him during the finals matches about photography, music, art and of course cricket.

Very occasionally we would chat at length on the phone about camera equipment and how best to take cricketing pictures etc, which he succeeded in doing very well despite his sight problems.

My most sincere condolences to his family and friends, a truly sad loss to them and the rest of us.

BCEW will never quite be the same again, though I’m sure because of David’s legacy it will go from strength to strength.

Rory Field (London Metro Captain and Former England International)

Dave Townley legend at Metro, stall wart ECB England, visionary for BCEW and great contributer to World Blind Cricket, you’ll be missed! RIP

 

original article from bcew.co.uk

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Have We Been Here Before: Part 3; Sadly, yes – we have.

Metro Devils Cricket Team

4th and 5th July 2015

Yes; sadly indeed as Metro’s league game against Somerset was called off this weekend as a mark of respect from BCEW following the untimely death of Metro member and BCEW chairman David Townley; so the team travelled to their Heindrich Swanepoel memorial cup match against Northants on Sunday saddened by this news.

It seemed as if the weather was reflecting the team’s grey feelings with dark coloured low cloud surrounding the ground and despite the forecast rain looked likely as the two teams started the day with a few moments of silence followed by a hearty round of applause in “DT”s memory.

Looking for their first cup triumph since the cup was renamed and wanting perhaps to win more keenly than ever this year for “DT” Metro started well by winning the toss and electing to bowl – a potential advantage being sought in the event of any rain delay which would be expected to make chasing easier. Northants made a solid, if rather slow start to the match with Mohammed in particular being very hard to score off – after starting with a no ball he bowled 24 “dots”, with two maidens, and just two wides before another run from the bat was taken off him.

He was well supported by other bowlers in restricting the Steelbacks to just 41 off the first ten critical overs. Critical because that would be the minimum number to make a game if the rain interfered. The run rate was increased after that as the score doubled by the end of the fifteenth for the loss of one wicket as Gavin fell LBW to Amit. After that Metro put the squeeze back on with a fine performance from all in the field – catches for Mark Bond, Matt Dean and Amit meant the score was 130 for 6 just after the twenty-sixth over; and then three well taken run outs took three wickets for one run before Rory bowled the number eleven with the score on 140; he finished with 3 wickets taken for just 12 runs conceded, and five balls of the 30 overs unused by the home side; whose top scorer was Gavin with 42.

During the first innings a few minutes had been lost to rain – falling while the forecast on the web was still refusing to predict rain and then 20 minutes were lost after just one legal ball had been bowled of the Metro innings; so there was a fear that a game could not be played and a bowl out might result. The umpires were however very keen to get in a game and so just two overs were agreed as lost with Metro thus asked to score 133 from 28; but still with that need for 10 overs to be played. The Steelbacks knew that only taking wickets would win them the game, if the rain stayed away, so started with their best bowlers. Metro’s openers Matt and Mohammed were equal to the task and set off scoring at more than 10 an over – before they were both out lofting drives to the home captain for caught and bowled; so with Hassan then unfortunate to play on facing the other opening bowler the score was 74 for 3 after seven overs. The sky remained dark and grim as Mark Bond joined the Metro captain in the middle and pushed the score on to 98 from 10 as at last the cloud lifted and warm sunshine flooded the ground. It seemed that perhaps this was a sign that the pain and sadness felt at “DT”’s passing should be turned, by all, into the sort of positive enthusiasm he brought to life in general and blind cricket in particular.
Anyway the appearance of the sunshine strangely seemed to sap the energy from the home side as with an unbroken partnership of 52 Metro easily reached the winning target with plenty of overs to spare. Yorkshire await next Saturday and the London team will be keen to reverse their early season league defeat in Wakefield and book themselves a cup final place for the 22nd August.

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Tribute to David Townley by Rory Field

David Townley

Above: Photographs of David Townley 

I guess most of you have now heard of the very sad passing of Dave Townley. DT suffered a heart attack on Monday and was not able to recover from it. Dave was a life member of Metro and devoted much of his time and energy to blind cricket.

As a player he was an incredible B1 or totally blind player for both Metro and England, scoring loads of runs, bowling immensely accurate and taking some quite amazing catches.  Dave was always a calm bastion on the field no matter what the situation.  He played cricket in the way true cricket lovers regard as the ‘spirit of cricket’.

As an administrator he took domestic cricket in the UK forward in leaps and bounds.  he was one of the founders of BCEW and Chairman for almost its entire existence so far.  DT was the driving force behind the introduction of the T/20 knock out competition. He leaves blind cricket in the UK stronger for his massive vision, input and direction.  Whilst DT was always unbiest in his capacity with BCEW, he nevertheless remained an avid Metro man.  Before handing our League winners medals to us at the end of last season, Dave was quite emotional saying that he had been waiting for that moment for a while; he knew it was coming and he was so happy that it had arrived.  DT also took World Blind Cricket forward with a two year tenure as President of the governing body.

Most of all, DT was an immensely good man and we are all better for knowing him.  He will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace DT!  – Rory Field

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Tribute to David Townley by Rory Field

David Townley: Two Photographs

Above: Two Photographs of David Townley

I guess most of you have now heard of the very sad passing of Dave Townley. DT suffered a heart attack on Monday and was not able to recover from it. Dave was a life member of Metro and devoted much of his time and energy to blind cricket.

As a player he was an incredible B1 or totally blind player for both Metro and England, scoring loads of runs, bowling immensely accurate and taking some quite amazing catches.  Dave was always a calm bastion on the field no matter what the situation.  He played cricket in the way true cricket lovers regard as the ‘spirit of cricket’.

As an administrator he took domestic cricket in the UK forward in leaps and bounds.  he was one of the founders of BCEW and Chairman for almost its entire existence so far.  DT was the driving force behind the introduction of the T/20 knock out competition. He leaves blind cricket in the UK stronger for his massive vision, input and direction.  Whilst DT was always unbiest in his capacity with BCEW, he nevertheless remained an avid Metro man.  Before handing our League winners medals to us at the end of last season, Dave was quite emotional saying that he had been waiting for that moment for a while; he knew it was coming and he was so happy that it had arrived.  DT also took World Blind Cricket forward with a two year tenure as President of the governing body.

Most of all, DT was an immensely good man and we are all better for knowing him.  He will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace DT!  – Rory Field

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