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Cricket: Just 14 Days Earlier …

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

Just 14 Days Earlier …

Somerset generously allow Andy Law to complete Hassan’s over as after two wides and a no-ball his elbow injury forces him to stop bowling. Amit then prevents Somerset getting a third batting bonus point by limiting them to 12 runs in the final over.

Less than twenty-four hours earlier there is a scramble to ensure that Metro have train tickets to get to Taunton with Covid travel restrictions in place; and this followed by one taxi not being able to find the ground and giving half the team an unwanted tour of narrow, leafy lanes. So not the best start for a team composed of several walking wounded.

This game is a repeat of the last BBS cup final; to be played in good cricket weather with some sun shining from a sky that is a mix of blue patches and puffy white clouds, but Metro win the toss and ask Somerset to set a target.

The same opening pair as at Highgate in the league make good steady progress although there are possible chances to the Metro totals but none stick, and Ed reaches 50 with three runs to third man in Rory’s first over. Perhaps the match changes in the same way as that last final however as Rory bowls Ed for 52 in a great wicket maiden in his next over.

Rob continues to build his innings with Rory Hossell running hard to try and turn his possible twos into threes and fours, with Metro hampered by injury in chasing the ball while fielding.

When not bowling Rory is alert as the keeper making several blocks to prevent fours from being struck behind the wicket. There are other catching chances but eventually, Rob is run out as he cannot get back for a two having scored 114 out of 204. The next ball the alert Mo runs out Rory Hossell.

Mo bowls Matt at the start of the final over so that just 10 runs are added in the last two overs. The bowling effort has been good with Asif a late team inclusion justifying his inclusion with a tidy three over for 18; so will 213 be enough?

Metro open with Mo, one of the few fully fit players, alongside Matt Dean nursing a hamstring injury and keen to score in boundaries and gentle singles, so Mo will need to curb his enthusiasm to match his partner’s ability.

At the end of the third over Matt skies one towards mid-on and Rory Hossell calls for the catch but fails to hold it. This allows Metro to make steady progress with the scoring worm initially matching Somerset’s, and only starting to edge ahead only as they reach their century partnership in the thirteenth over.

Matt had reached his 50 in the twelfth over with a powerful drive through the covers to one of the excellent boundary riding fielders. The Somerset boundary fielding was sharp with a number of good stops and chases to ensure that good shots went just for one or two.

Somerset get chances with chances that might have been caught on another day but this seemed to be Metro’s lucky day and none are taken.

As the match neared its end there were two more batsman’s milestones as Mo’s 50 came up just before drinks with a clip to square leg for a single while Matt’s 100 came up from 73 balls when a rare fielding lapse allowed three to be taken as the ball was hit into the covers.

The scorecard shows a win by 10 wickets but this was a much more tense and hard, fought affair than that may suggest. Mo ended with 80 and Matt exactly matched Rob’s 114 although Matt’s included 10 boundaries and no all run fours.

So Metro have a home cup semi-final on 3rd July at Highgate; by which time hopefully a fully fit team will be available.

Match Report by Paul Toplis

 

 

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Cricket: Back to Cup Final!

Metro Cricket Team

Back to the Bowler; Back to the Cup Final

6th July 2019

Metro met Sussex for the first time since last year’s cup final in the semi-final at Highgate on a Saturday where a gentle breeze and good cloud cover made for excellent playing conditions. There was some variation a few spots of rain as the second innings got underway and warm sunshine as a very close and exciting match drew to an end.

Sussex won the toss and asked Metro to bat first; the game starting on time as both teams had overcome the chaos on the northern line to arrive in good time for pre-match warm up and practice. Metro made a steady start until the fifth over when Alex Towers bowled both Ryan and Andy to make the opening exchanges fairly equal.

Justin joined Matt D at the crease and this pair then put on 178 for the third wicket against some good tight bowling from Sussex. The stand was broken when Matt was out caught off the bowling of Phil Daniels, and the home skipper joined Justin with just over six overs remaining. Rory scored a very brisk 35 in a partnership of 65 before Justin was caught off the bowling of Dan Field. There was just time for Mark to face a single ball as Metro reached a total of 278.

A total that meant the match was set up for a good second half, as the chase was on and a good bowling and fielding effort would be needed if this was to be defended. The start was all that Metro might have dreamed of as first ball Hassan grabbed a catch from Amit’s bowling to dismiss the dangerous Dave Daniels. Hasan then opened from the other end as Dan Field came in a three. He played a magnificent innings scoring 181 from 103 balls with eighteen boundaries including two sixes, as well a vast number of well run twos – taking on all the Metro fielders.

The scoring worms were never very far apart for the whole innings, Sussex edged ahead early but after 15 overs had 126 compared with Metros 129. The Sussex worm went ahead again in the second half but Metro had been chipping away at the wickets so perhaps the defining moment of the game was when Ryan was asked to bowl the twenty seventh over. Dan hit the first ball hard but almost straight up; it was not the first chance offered as others had been put down. Ryan called for the catch, steadied himself and held on to grab the eighth wicket.

This was the second back to the bowler incident – the first having been an amazing run out by Amit, who might have been offered a return catch by Dan from a very well struck shot, but managed instead to deflect the ball onto the stumps and run out the unfortunate non-striker who had been, very properly, backing up. The final return was a catch taken by Justin the start the penultimate over of the thirty, although the match did not last quite that long as three balls later Justin hit the stumps to end the match – a win for Metro by 14.

This sets up Metro for a second cup final in a row – this year they will play Somerset at the Gloucestershire Brightside Ground in Bristol on the 31st August. Before that Metro will finish their National League campaign with three away matches, the first in a fortnight against Somerset followed by trips to Surrey and Kent.

They will be chasing Northants for a league title as the Steelbacks victory on Sunday over Somerset put them on top of the league. There are two more matches this season at Highgate – Lancashire visit again but this time for a T20 on 3rd August and the Devils entertain Berkshire on the 10th, in a match where they may still be in contention for a Regional League title.

Report by Paul Toplis

 

 

Blind Retriever & Guide Dog Puppy!

Charlie Blind Retriever & Maverick the Guide Dog Puppy!

Adorable blind golden retriever has his own guide dog puppy

Original post on Metro by  Jacob Geanous 

Charlie and Maverick, Charlie is almost 11 years old and Maverick is 4 months old. Charlie had glaucoma which led to his double enucleation (both eyes removed). Now, Maverick is here to help Charlie around and Charlie is trying to teach Maverick manners. 🤣 definitely a work in progress.

In 2016, Charlie had to have his left eye removed after the dog contracted glaucoma. A year later, Charlie began to go blind in his right eye so Stipe decided it had to be removed as well.

Maverick the guide Puppy and Charlie
Maverick the guide Puppy and Charlie

Charlie and Maverick enjoying the car rideFor us it was a no-brainer, empty our retirement plan to care for this dog because he makes us happy,’ Chelsea Stipe said. When Chelsea became pregnant, she figured getting a puppy would be a great way to make sure her child had a dog to grow up with. The family got Maverick on New Years Day 2019.

At first, Charlie was not thrilled to have the new puppy around, but he eventually got comfortable with his new friend and Maverick quickly noticed that his old pal was a little different.

‘When they would play, Maverick would realize that Charlie would lose the toy sometimes, so (Maverick) would pick it up and put it back in front of him to re-engage playtime,’ Chelsea said. The pair even learned to walk side-by-side to support each other.

Charlie and Maverick enjoying the car ride
Charlie and Maverick enjoying the car ride

‘They almost turn into little sled dogs where they’ll walk together,’ Chelsea said.

The heartwarming tale of Charlie and Maverick was widely shared after WeRateDogs tweeted photos of the pair after Chelsea submitted the dogs’ story and pictures. Less than an hour after posting, WeRateDogs reached out to Chelsea and told her she should make an account for the pair.

She agreed and the account has taken off, gaining more than 20,000 followers in its first day. ‘Everything has just been so positive and loving and I’ve even had people reaching out about their dogs who had glaucoma,’ She said.

 

 

 

 

Vision Impaired Archery – 8 Dec

Archery with Metro Blind Sport
Venue:
Southfields Academy Sports  Hall  -  Aspire@Southfields, 337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU
Time:
12 noon - 2.00 pm
Phone:
07956292046
Date:
08th December 2019
Cost:
£2.50 for Members ** £5 Non - Members


Come down and try Vision Impaired Archery!

We are fortunate to have a professional instructor to give one-to-one coaching and all equipment is provided along with a tactile aiming guide and foot locater so that totally blind shooters can take meaningful part in the sport.

We welcome all members and the age of shooters ranges from as young as ten if accompanied.  Our regular Vision Impaired Archery session now take place on the second Sunday of the month from 12 noon to 2 pm. But please do check the event calendar as sometimes the date needs to be changed.

If you would like to attend  our next Vision Impaired Archery session
please use the contact details below.

Contact: charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or  Phone: 07956292046

Venue:  Southfields Academy Sports  Hall  –  Aspire@Southfields, 337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU

Nearest tube station is Southfields, The station is on the District line between East Putney and Wimbledon Park stations
Nearest mainline station is Earlfield
Bus route: 156 towards Wimbledon.

To get in the mood, there is some great footage of the Olympic archery tournament at London 2012 at Lord’s cricket ground at the following link:
BBC Sport (BBC) www.bbc.co.uk/sport/archery
Scroll down for a list of great audio/visual clips.

You may also find more information of interest on the British Blind Sport website:British Blind Sport (BBS) www.britishblindsport.org.uk
And on Archery GB website: http://www.ArcheryGB.org

 

Vision Impaired Archery – 10 Nov

Archery with Metro Blind Sport
Venue:
Southfields Academy Sports  Hall  -  Aspire@Southfields, 337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU
Time:
12 noon - 2.00 pm
Phone:
07956292046
Date:
10th November 2019
Cost:
£2.50 for Members ** £5 Non - Members


Come down and try Vision Impaired Archery!

We are fortunate to have a professional instructor to give one-to-one coaching and all equipment is provided along with a tactile aiming guide and foot locater so that totally blind shooters can take meaningful part in the sport.

We welcome all members and the age of shooters ranges from as young as ten if accompanied.  Our regular Vision Impaired Archery session now take place on the second Sunday of the month from 12 noon to 2 pm. But please do check the event calendar as sometimes the date needs to be changed.

If you would like to attend  our next Vision Impaired Archery session
please use the contact details below.

Contact: charlie.raven@metroblindsport.org or  Phone: 07956292046

Venue:  Southfields Academy Sports  Hall  –  Aspire@Southfields, 337 Merton Road, SW18 5JU

Nearest tube station is Southfields, The station is on the District line between East Putney and Wimbledon Park stations
Nearest mainline station is Earlfield
Bus route: 156 towards Wimbledon.

To get in the mood, there is some great footage of the Olympic archery tournament at London 2012 at Lord’s cricket ground at the following link:
BBC Sport (BBC) www.bbc.co.uk/sport/archery
Scroll down for a list of great audio/visual clips.

You may also find more information of interest on the British Blind Sport website:British Blind Sport (BBS) www.britishblindsport.org.uk
And on Archery GB website: http://www.ArcheryGB.org