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League Championship Celebrated & Confirmed in Style

Photo of the Metro team on the Cricket Pitch at the Northampton County Ground

Lancashire Lions Vs Metro 2021

Download: Lancashire Vs Metro  –  Excel format

Metro travelled to Manchester and stayed overnight, despite a worrying weather forecast to play their final league match of the season. This was a rearranged match as the weather had been very wet on the originally scheduled date.

They arrived at the historic Werneth Cricket Club in the north of the city greeted by skies where the blue was chasing away the clouds after heavy overnight rain. Werneth has hosted high-quality Lancashire League and friendly cricket matches so has had both Sir Garfield Sobers and Phil Mustard play on the square.

Perhaps this was to be Metro’s day as Rory won the toss and elected to bowl first against an under-strength Lancashire team with just nine players, including two low partials and three totals. Metro had a full eleven but was not quite at full strength with Hashy, Everton and Shiv joining Prem, the BCEW Regional batsman of the year, from the Devils in the starting line-up.

This was the second trial of live match commentary, which can be found on the Metro YouTube channel in the Cricket Match -Audio Commentary Playlist.

The ground had a Lords like slope from north to south with the square boundary slightly shorter to the north where the boundary was a high fence protecting a new housing development – Cricketer’s Close.

Some spectators were surprised that after Rory struggled to control the wet ball in the first over which went for eight with five extras that Damion started at the other end, as Mo is the regular opening bowler and had been limbering up.

The change worked after just four balls as Rory, behind the stumps, look an excellent tumbling catch down the leg side. There was no further success for the opening pair of bowlers, and Rory was hit for a great boundary eight, as the home side reached 32 from the first five overs. However, the first change at the far end of the ground from the Pavilion to bring on Nick worked well as with the last ball of the sixth over the number three was bowled.

This brought Amit and Andy together and they bowled with good accuracy and in Andy’s case on this occasion great success. He had one for one after Rory took a second catch to dismiss the club captain. His next over started with a six just backward of square between Mo at square leg and Prem at fine leg – but when the shot was repeated two balls later the ball was hit finer and Prem steadied himself for a catch.

With the opening batsman now out with just 54 scored Metro sensed an early end to the innings. Mo finally joined the attack in the eleventh over without success; but Andy kept up his wicket an over performance with a catch taken by Damion at short cover, to finish with 3 for 15.

After an early drinks break Mo bowled a wicket maiden in the fifteenth over and Rory then hit the stumps twice with his first two balls as he came back in the sixteenth to leave him on a hat trick ball at the start of the 2022 season. Metro had been set just 70 to beat.

With tea not quite ready there was a swift turnaround and the tone of the reply was set first ball when Damion caught up with a widish leg side ball to hit it for four through fine leg. He followed up with a shot through mid-off for another boundary and this combined with sharp running to add two to a wide and four more runs from the bat meant Metro had fifteen from the first over.

Nick and Damion showed no mercy in keeping up that scoring rate as Lancashire rotated their bowlers but no-one could stench the flow of run scoring. Nick hit a four off the first ball of the sixth over Metro had won with 73, Nick having 30 and Damion 28.

Roger Barker, who was umpiring, presented league winners medals to the team over the post-match tea as the players enjoyed that winning feeling. Enjoy the winter and look forward to more cricket in 2022 especially for the Devils who can expect a full season in 2022.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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Cricket: The Lord Gave And The Lord Has Taken Away

Metro with 2021 National League Trophy

BBS Primary Club Heinrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup 2021

Download: Northants Vs Metro  –  Excel format

Metro hung onto the BBS Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Memorial Cup, despite some suspect handing, on the trip up to Northampton County Ground for the 2021 cup final.

Metro had held the trophy for two years after taking the trophy with its new name for the first time against Somerset in 2019. However, during the game, their hold failed as their opponents’ safe hands took eight catches to dismiss Metro 24 runs short of the total needed for victory.

In an exclusive, our well-placed source can reveal, one of the three nick behinds taken did come off the body, not the bat! Amit stood in disbelief as he was given entry to the Primary Club and had almost to be dragged from the wicket by his runner. The small misjudgement was only admitted later our source can reveal. Gerald held two other catches – Hassan to leave Metro in trouble at 13 for 3 and the final wicket of Damion who made 90 and ensured an exciting end to the match.

After the game Metro’s impressive league cricket was celebrated as they received the 2021 BCEW National League cup having secured the title before playing their final game which is away in Manchester on 19th September. So just one cup to bring home, not the prayed and hoped for double – that will have to wait for another season.

 

Playing in their first-ever BBS cup final Northants got off to a good start by winning the toss, Metro will need to work on improving this aspect of their game as this has been an all too frequent result this year. Opting to bat Northants started with their Hassan and the dangerous David Howells.

First blood went to Northants on the pitch as Hassan scored 11 from the opening over bowled by Amit. Metro roared back into the game with Mo and Rory bowling; Mo delivering a double-wicket maiden in his second over as Matt caught David at mi9d-off and then Hassan took a sharp chance to dismiss Mark Turnham.

The Ali brother then came together and batted carefully before Hassan was trapped LBW as Justin bowled a wicket maiden in his second over. So after 10 overs at 47 for 3 Metro were looking good but Gerald and Asif put on a 90 run partnership in the next 10 overs before Hassan and Mo combined again to dismiss Gerald.

This slowed the scoring rate again the remaining overs went almost exactly like the first 10 with Northants adding 50 for the loss of three wickets; Mo took at catch off Damion and Rory had the Northants skipper out hit wicket and then a final over nick through to Justin behind the stumps.

On a good pitch, it seemed that a chase of 188 ought to be within the capability of Metro with Damion adding strength to the batting that had scored 233 against Somerset. There were huge cheers as David Keeling’s first ball was smashed to the mid-wicket boundary by Matt. Dave was bowling looping deliveries with a lot of spin and got his revenge two balls later as Matt repeated the pull but up into air to give a fairly simple catch to Asif.

He teased all at the ground with a juggle but clung on to boost Northants in the field. Things got worse for Metro as Dave took a wicket in each of his first three overs, with David Howells catching Justin and that first nick behind by Hassan.

With Damion at the crease, things did look a bit brighter as the Metro worm overtook the Northants one in the seventh over and stayed ahead for the whole game. Nick and Damion gave Metro their best partnership of 59 before David took as second catch in Dave Ks’ fifth over, after the surprise of finding he had not taken a wicket in his fourth.

As he completed his second spell of three he was back in form, taking to one wicket that fell to simply good bowling as he bowled Mark. That is not to say that the Northants bowling was poor, simply that shot selection and offering catches contributed to all the other wickets.

Well that is apart from the horrible mix up that saw Rory run out, Matt running for Damion had no interest in a two with the ball heading to Asif; but Rory had turned and started before being sent back but was unable to make his ground as the wicket was broken.

Nine down but Ahmed saw off the final two balls of the over and with six left including three total overs and two from weaker partial bowlers the next over was key. Asif got one to bounce outside off stump and a tiring Damion could onto edge it to huge cheers from Northants.

It was a game played in a good spirit with some final individual performances, Damion’s 90 from 65 balls; Asif’s 82 from 64 balls and 5.1 overs, maiden and three for 12, Mo’s 6 overs, 2 maidens three for 11, but overshadowed by David Keeling’s 6 overs, five for 22. That places him second on the list of stellar cup final bowlers, ahead of Dave Samuels 5 for 25 from 1997 and the remarkable Heindrich’s 6 for 7 in 2001.

There was a consolation award for Matt Dean as BCEW partially sighted batsman of the year before a trip out to drop sorrows and plot for the Lancashire game and the 2022 season.

The Lord Gave And The Lord Has Taken Away – Job 1:21

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: Fantastic First League Win of The Season!

Metro Cricket Team Players laughing together as they retire from batting

 Northants v Metro – 18 July 2021

BCEW Scorecard here:  Northants V Metro –  Excel format

On a very hot day of bright sunshine, Metro benefitted from time spent on practice as they held a good number of catches to win despite having lost the toss and been invited to bat.

Nick partnered Matt in a fifth opening pair for the team in as many games. This changed worked well as the pair put on 121 before Matt Dean was out for the first time in the season and his first score under 100 0nly 71, as he was well held at silly mid-on by a total.

Nick took on responsibility for the innings and reached 92 from 78 balls before he was the fourth out at 229. Hassan Arif saw off a hat trick ball from Hassan Ali as Rory got a first baller and here were a few runs for Mark Bond. So clearly almost nothing for anyone else as Metro declared after 30 overs on 245.

There was an excellent tea and then a hint of a breeze as Metro took to the field needing to find a way to get ten wickets to win the game.

To take you through those wickets:

The start was as good as anyone could have wanted as Mo’s first over went one, three dots and then an LBW. Mo was involved in the second wicket as Mark Turnham chipped the fifth ball of Amit’s first over to him at square leg. That was 23 for two. Then just three balls later Mo took an even better catch off Hassan’s second ball as the ball was hit low and hard to square leg where he took a great tumbling catch.

This is not all the Mo show but in his third over he knocked the stumps over with his second legal delivery and followed that up with a half out LBW. The next wicket was perhaps crucial as Nick summoned the energy to have his batting to bowl the fifteenth over. He was hit for a 6-second ball but got his revenge on David Howells three balls later as the batsman tried the same shot again but this time a bit lower and into Matt Deans arms at deep square leg. That left Northants 90 for 5 halfway through their allotted overs.

The next over Amit completed his three-over spell by bowling Gavin Griffiths off a little edge, and Metro was scenting victory. There was a great bit of teamwork for the next wicket as the ball was defended to the off side, bounced and was then flicked by Hassan before setting in Andy Law’s hands to give Rory a wicket.

The Mo & Amit combination was back for the next wicket but with bowler and catcher reversed as Amit took a good catch at silly mid-on. Three wicketless overs followed before Amit took another catch to give Gareth a wicket and leave just one wicket needed for a win and eight and a half overs to go.

They were not all needed as after some debate between the umpires a catch behind for Nick off Gareth picked up the last wicket.

This was the second match of the season against Northants, after the drawn game at home and hints at a good game to come when the sides next meet on 4th September in the BBS cup final.

It was Metro’s first league win to add to the win claimed over Lancashire who could not raise a team to travel to London for the league. Before the BBS cup final Metro complete their league fixtures with trips to Lancashire and Somerset but their next match is the DT T20 quarter-final against Sussex at Highgate on 31st July; a game followed by the Devils trip to Dorset for a T20 semi-final on the 1st August.

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 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: 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