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Cricket: Second Away League Win of The Season

Photo of the Metro cricket team in group chat, Cricket: Match Report

Somerset v Metro – 14  Aug  2021

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After re-arranging their away league game against Lancashire Metro did all that was possible to strengthen their league position when visiting Somerset

Unlike the cup trip earlier in the summer the day started well – despite two extra stops for the train the away side were all at the ground in very good time and before their hosts!

Better was to come as Rory called “tails” to win his first league toss of the summer and asked Somerset to bat. Metro starting with nine players as Mark was stuck in traffic but Somerset had a full XI, albeit short of all their best partial players.

Mo started with a wide and was then hit for a single by the home chairman but got back to his winning ways next ball trapping Kathryn leg before. He then bowled Steve with the last ball of his first over, before completing his opening spell with 12 dot balls in a row.

With Rory picking up one for two from his opening overs the start for Metro was fantastic. Asif bowled the next over and perhaps should have got a wicket but the umpires had deemed the ball that hit the stumps a “free hit” from the previous no ball. It did not seem to matter as although Amit went wicketless in his first over and stayed that way for all 4 overs he bowled, Andy Law struck in his first over, as did Rob.

Rob was however hit for the first boundary of the match as Mikey pulled the ball to the mid-wicket fence, before taking two more wickets in his second over to get the best figures of the match at 3 for 9.

When Heidi the stand-in skipper came in the score was 19 for 7 with almost 13 overs completed. It seemed as if the game was heading for a very early finish as Rory had a hat trick ball at the start of the second over of his new spell, but Sharnie got off strike with a second wide run to start the best partnership of the innings.

Despite facing Rory from one end and Mo from the other the final pair put on 16 including a well struck boundary through square leg by Heidi; the innings ending as Mo got revenge with a straight one hitting the stumps next ball.

Tea was taken although less than 23 overs had been bowled.

A target of 44 has to be viewed as a very easy chase – especially when your opening pair are Matt and Rory. Indeed it did not take them long to get home – just the four overs. Rory scored 9 from 8 with a boundary through fine leg, three dots, a two and three singles.

Matt scored almost twice as fast with 33 from 16. He had a maximum through mid-wicket, two 4s through square leg as well as a great opening boundary through the covers, four two’s, seven singles and just the one dot.

Metro cricket interest switches to the Devils for the next couple of weeks with a trip to Berkshire next Sunday before hosting the Growlers at the end of the month.

It’s then back to Metro for their third cup final in a row – this time against Northants at the Northamptonshire county ground, followed by the league game against Lancashire on the 19th September when it may be the league title is the prize.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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Cricket is a Simple Game!

A Photo of a Metro Devils batsman in a Hat hitting the ball and a team photo of the devils back in 2017

 Dorset Dolphins v Metro Devils  – 1  Aug  2021

Download:  Dolphins V Metro Scorecard  –  Excel format

Well, perhaps that depends on who you ask and when! It is certainly true that captaincy is not easy and Hassan had to work very hard to get 10 players to Poole park for the Regional T20 semi-final on Sunday.

To arrive for the 12.30 start all those had needed to give up a relaxing Sunday morning to be on a train very early and Rob had been handed more stress as a stand-in captain. Some might think that it is easy to call “heads” and win the toss, but following this line did not work for Rob. It did mean he was spared the need to choose as Dorset asked the Devils to bat first. The pitch having been largely cleared of goose droppings, Rob started the batting with Ryan and Andy.

So ask Robert the Dolphins bowler taking on the second over of the match; it must be a very easy game as Andy is bowled first ball. If that was not simple enough look at the start of his third over – trapping the other opener LBW first ball and following up with another straight one to bowl the next player in.

This left Chris in his first match for the Devils facing a hat trick ball which he successfully defended. Robert finished his four over spell with the final over of the match going for just two runs to give him figures of 3 for 26 – an excellent spell of bowling.

So then to the backbone of the Devils’ innings Prem; who came in at three and batted into the eighteenth over scoring 57 not out. Yes, the hopeless scorer who was trying to double up as an umpire did loose count so sneaking the Devils a few more runs.

Prem’s innings included seven 4s and a fantastic 6 over square leg off none other than Robert. Prem also mustered the fielding well from his position behind the stumps and took the only catch of the match.

So is it an easy game – ask Chris on his debut. After seeing off that hat trick ball he batted carefully with Prem to put on 42 for the fourth wicket. I think he may have found the game puzzling when several minutes were spent checking the T20 rules after he was stumped off a wide delivery following a no ball.

The umpire said that clearly no run was being attempted, and that the ball was a “free hit” and thus the batsman had the no ball protection from a stumping. Perhaps this is a useful reminder that the game even if simple does require you to watch where you stand.

After eight overs the Dolphins had sixty-four without loss and Chris was thrown the ball for a spell of right arm over; a good length first ball was nicked by Andy and Prem held the catch. One ball, one wicket – what an easy game.

Not quite so easy by the end of the spell as an energetic bit of fielding handed the Dolphins 14 from one ball as they ran three before an overthrow to the boundary with a total on strike. Is it an easy game – for Rob the thought about that ebbed to and fro during the afternoon.

Would it have been good to win the toss, did I choose the right batting order; then when batting after helping his first legal delivery down to fine leg for 4 he had a strike rate of 133 before facing the final over and only getting a single off the final ball. 127 was not a big score and after trying his top four bowlers – Alan, Ryan, Andy and himself was it inspiration to ask Chris to bowl?

Steve, skippering Dorset may have just thought simple game all afternoon – win the toss, bowl quite tight that excellent spell from Rob and an even better 2 for 12 from 3 overs from Sam before Tim’s unbeaten 52 saw the Dolphins home with 9 balls to spare. They play Surrey in the final on 5th September.

Next up for the Devils their league matches – away to the Stags on the 22nd August and then the last game of the season at Highgate on the 28th.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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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 h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046

 

Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Charlie charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org 07956 292046.

 

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Cricket: At Last! Some Summer Sunshine

Metro Devils Cricket Team

17th July

More blue sky than on any other day of the Metro season this year saw a game where Alan Turnbull was able to secure a 50 with a second superb batting performance of the season. This display came from a player who is seen to be more of a bowler than an all-rounder. His 15 at Hampshire at the start of the season had saved that game, sadly his 50 this week along with a second 50 of the season from skipper “DS”, was enough only to secure a winning draw against the visitors from Dorset.

The Devils were put into bat as the sun shone very brightly and they started the innings in that fashion – Andy Law opening with a quick fire 14 well supported by Gary meant that the run rate was set at 10 an over from the start. However the real star of the first few overs was the visitors total, Evie, who bowled Andy and then hung on to a one bounce catch in the covers to dismiss Gary.

The Dolphins had further success when a great catch at fine leg undid Everton; on most occasions his well struck shot would have resulted in a boundary. So Alan came to the crease and with his first shot drove well into the off side for 3 to bring up the 100. The skipper hat to retire when another 52 had been added; Eamonn then joined Alan and a partnership of 99 was the result as Alan survived several chances – saved from being bowled by the call of “no ball” on more than one occasion and from being run out after the ball was kicked in from the boundary.

With a personal milestone reached the innings was declared closed after 27 overs but not before a mix up had seen Charles run out without facing a ball and Eamonn not out six short of another half century.
So after tea there were 25 overs to try and bowl out the opposition – would this be enough? It seemed not as there was no attempt to chase a win by the visitors; balls were blocked or not played at; twelve dots and just three extras in the opening two overs were followed by a maiden from Alan and then two more dots from Rob MacKenzie before, following an amazing fourteen dots in a row, the umpire’s finger went up for an LBW. Rob ended the game with the fantastic bowling figures of one for 5.

The visitors continued to defend most of the time, scoring mainly only by hitting boundaries – reluctant to run even to score for their total batting at three. The Devils took a second wicket as Eamonn took a tumbling catch off Charles’ bowling to leave the score as 49 for 1 at the start of the twelfth over. The home side kept trying to take wickets and the visitors to block or take boundaries, as for a while black clouds hinted at a sharp shower before being blown away to leave bright evening sunshine as at last a new batsman came to the crease – but only because another 50 had been scored, and that with just 5 balls left in the match. The incoming batsman was just a spectator as although finally, half out, the Dolphin’s number 3 faced five balls in a row in the final over to secure the draw. He faced a total of just 36 balls having been at the crease for almost two hours.

The Devil’s season will be completed in a fortnight, at home, against the league title chasing Surrey; after a trip to Berkshire next Sunday. Meanwhile, a reminder that next Saturday Metro play Yorkshire at Highgate.

– Report by Paul Toplis

 

Cricket – Metro Devils v Dorset Dolphins

Metro Devils Cricket Team
Venue:
Highgate
Time:
1pm - TBC
Phone:
N/A
Date:
16th July 2016
Cost:
Free


We welcome male and female players of all abilities and ages. So, even if you’ve never played cricket before, but you fancy giving it a go, please do get in touch.

Metro has two cricket teams – Metro and the Metro Devils.

Metro play their home matches at Highgate Wood. Training is also held at the cricket nets at Highgate Wood on Thursday evenings in the cricket season. Visit the ‘Events‘ page here  or the quick link on the right of this page for match dates.

For more details on Metro’s cricketing activities, please contact: Rory Field
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Blind Cricket

Cricket for blind and partially sighted people is played with a normal junior football with ball bearings inside to enable players to hear the ball. The game is similar to mainstream cricket. Teams consist of 4 blind/severely visually impaired players and 7 partially sighted players. Metro will consider subsidy requests for travel and subsistence, kit, venue hire etc..

Metro is one of the founder members of the National Domestic Blind Cricket League and also competes in the BBS Knockout Cup Competition. Metro has been very successful in both competitions, winning the BBS Knockout Cup on 11 occasions since 1990. Metro has two teams, Metro and Metro Devils (Metro’s second team), taking part in both league and cup competitions in the 2012 season.

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