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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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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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Cricket: Back to Normal?

Cricket: Rory dive to catch the ball

 Metro v Northants Steelbacks – 19 June 2021

BCEW Scorecard here:  Metro Vs Northants –  Excel format

Arriving at Highgate for the home match against the current BCEW League champions the whole of the sky was a carpet of solid duck egg grey clouds; with no glimpse of blue or the sun.

There had been concern from umpires about being able to play but with the boundary adjusted to avoid soggy spots there were just a couple of pitch ends that were slippery and play got underway on time with the forecast suggesting a full game could be played before the rain arrived. Metro had lost the toss and was batting – with a third opening partner for Matt; this time it was Justin.

Northants chose to open the bowling with the pace of Asif in tandem with their total bowler; allowing Metro the race to 50 within six overs. Justin had enjoyed a six over the short straight fine leg boundary and then a reverse for four through third man when he nicked the last ball of the sixth over to the keeper.

Matt continued to build patiently with Andy Law until the keeper took a second catch to dismiss Andy and bring Mark Bond to the crease for his first innings of the year. Matt Dean offered a chance off the third ball of the next over, and a difficult chance to the total fielder cordon in the seventeenth over but Metro reached drinks held at the sanitation break at the end of the eighteenth over with 145 on the board. Mark had to scramble home for a single ball before Matt completed the 100 partnership with a single off a no ball.

The partnership reached 116 when Mark was run out backing up too far as Matt clipped to Asif at mid-wicket with no interest in a quick single. Was he waiting for his next ball, perhaps, as he picked up Asif for a 6 over midwicket to bring up his third hundred of the season. Asif took a great caught and bowled catch to dismiss Mo before Matt accelerated his scoring at the end of the innings with 31 from his last 13 balls; Metro declaring after 30 overs on 249. The innings had been completed in good time – under two and a half hours.

The Northants innings started slowly against Mo and Gareth, and Metro was pleased to pick up a wicket in that opening spell with a great catch from Rory at point.

As openings batsman, David Howells, settled into his innings he managed to accelerate the rate by hitting 31 off the last two total overs in the first 10, and Northants were then much closer to the required scoring rate and not far short of the Metro total at that stage.

Justin and Rory however put the brakes on with 6 overs for just 21 runs and the wicket of the visitors’ number three. Asif had then come in and had been swinging hard at the six balls he had faced, so Metro brought Nick into bowl with a plan to create chances for a catch.

The plan took just one ball to work as the ball went high in the air out to cow corner where the safe arms of Matt were waiting to grab the ball. Sadly, however by this time, it was not just the ball dropping out of the sky but a niggly fine drizzle had started too. By the start of the next over umbrellas were going up on the side of the ground and the umpires were busy collecting towels to dry the ball.

Hassan bowled the next over with reasonable control but when Mo was then given the ball the over included two huge loopy no-balls as he could not hold the damp ball. At drinks the batsmen were worried about rain on their glasses impeding their vision further but the umpires allowed three more overs – including another from Mo with the same number of loopy no-balls before they decided that play was no longer possible with 9 overs left in the match.

Northants were 100 behind Metro and with a team of 10, six wickets were needed for victory so the match was well balanced and the weather had robbed all of a chance to complete a fascinating game.

David Howells was left on 105 from 67, with a boundary count almost matching Matt Dean’s with three 6s and twelve 4s. The sides meeting again at Northants on Sunday 18th July.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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