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Cricket: The Line Belongs to the Umpire!

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Surrey VICC v Metro Devils – 19  June!

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A lesson for both teams to learn from the BCEW south and west regional T20 quarter-final where the Devils played Surrey on Sunday. In a game where all no balls result in a free hit, there were 24 bowled in this match with many proving to be more costly to the sides than the single penalty run. In the third over Alan would have dismissed the home side’s captain Dave only for the umpire to call no ball.

The same batter got another life in the eighth over when bowled by Chris off a free hit ball when he was on 21. He seemed to have a charmed life when bowled by Ahmed in the thirteenth over on another no ball before going on to score 44 when was finally bowled by Ryan in the fifteenth over. Chris may have had a good chance for an LBW dismissal in the sixteenth but the umpire did not have to worry about that as it was a no ball.

Surrey also handed chances to the Devils as Chris was able to score a single when caught at cover off a no ball in the fourth over. Just before drinks, Hassan hit wicket on a free hit, while Ryan was saved by a free hit at the start of the thirteenth, bowled by Surrey’s skipper, before getting 6 more off the over to reach his 50.

The total extras count was 50 handed to Surrey; 27 wides and 15 no balls plus 6 byes and two leg byes. The Devils were handed 30; 18 wides and 9 no balls plus a bye and two leg byes. So the end result – Surrey scored 124 off the bat to reach 174 while the Devils scored 127 from the bat to reach their 157 and fall short by just 17.

Surrey will face the winners of the Gloucestershire against Berkshire match in the semi-final; with the winner of that game set to face Dorset Dolphins at Broad Halfpenny Down in September.

This was a great game of cricket with the result in doubt until the last couple of overs as the Devils kept pace with the score set by Surrey around that captain’s knock and a rapid 50 from Dave Allen, who put on almost 100 together after Alan and Rob had given the Devils a good start after Hassan won the toss by reducing the home side to 9 for 2.

The other wickets to fall were on the last two balls of the innings with Prem getting two run outs as risks were taken to try and maximise the score.

The chase was almost a mirror image innings, with one early run out as Ryan West’s direct hit ran out Chris as the Devils were trying to up their run rate which was under 7 an over in the first 5. Hassan and Ryan then put on 73 during which time Hassan reached 600 runs in his career scoring 32 at almost a run a ball.

He and Shiv were both bowled late on in the chase which was ended by a great caught and bowled to dismiss Prem. This just left Ahmed the opportunity to face a few balls and take 6 with a guide to third man as Ryan running for Anil took a “three for two” before sending Ahmed’s exhausted runner back to the bowlers end to complete the third run.

The Devils next play away to Hampshire in three weeks’ time and will hope for a third league win to allow them to challenge for the title.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

Metro Devils – The Development Team

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Cricket: Devils Edge Twenty, Yes 20! Wicket Thriller

Metro Devils cricket team photo smiling in the sun

14 May – Metro Devils v Surrey VICC

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With the home skipper laying on very pleasant warm sunshine for the enjoyment of the visiting crowd while also displaying vision and innovation in captaincy to match that of the newly appointed England test coach, this was set to be a great game from the start.

Sadly, we will never discover the detail of his innovation for overs twenty-three and twenty-four as the match ended one ball before he needed to declare his plans.

Six total overs had been bowled, and Alan was completing the sixteenth over of the front-line partial bowlers when the visitors again picked out Nick in the deep, and his throw was gathered in by Chris to complete a fifth run out and a 25 run victory.

The start was not great, however, as Hassan was unable to spin the coin to land on the opposite side to that called by Surrey, who knowing victory is easier batting second, elected to field.

The Devil’s start was not as they hoped for as the visiting captain ran out Prem in just the third over, and Amit was bowled the next over with the score of 26.

Everton joined Chris, and this pair almost reached the drinks break with Chris playing some very pleasant drives and Everton looking to switch hit through third man. Chris was bowled by Lois, and the skipper came in to steady the innings tottering on 65.

However, Everton was trapped leg before to give Lois a second wicket and soon followed back to the bench by Shiv. Shiv had been given a life after managing to hit a wide and get caught in the covers by Dave Allen but did not learn to keep the ball down and offered another chance that was taken by Lois just three balls later.

At 84, Anil joined the captain for the partnership of the innings as they completed a 58 run stand before Hassan skied one to Lois, trying to up the scoring rate – doubtless thinking of both the total to defend and a fourth batting point.

At that point, there was a collapse as three more wickets fell for just nine runs. The third batting point just secured Nick joined Alan at the crease, and his 16 from 9 balls before being trapped LBW by the visiting skipper, while recovering his breath from an all run four, ended the innings three balls short of the full allocation.

Tea was back at that point – served at the scorebox in the traditional way and enjoyed by all as Hassan thanked everyone for a hard fought first half of the game and looked forward to the second half. Surely he was one of the few confident that 167 could be defended, but why should any of us doubt him?

The field carefully set Rob came in to bowl the opening ball from the scorebox end; it bounced on Lois, who pulled it towards midwicket when Nick steadied himself to hold on to a tumbling catch.

Quite a good start, it seemed, but then just three balls later, the ball again went to Nick, and the visitors attempted to open the scoring only for the other opener, Scott, to be run out without having faced a ball!

Truth is stranger than fiction and Rob’s dreams as the next ball was looped straight up into the air off the bat with Prem taking a simple catch. A wide rather spoilt the over which ended with a dot; the score 1 for 3! Then just like busses, along comes another over, starting with a wicket as Everton catches George and a second over goes by with just a wide scored.

Surrey can only improve, and Dave Allen scores a very quick 27 before he nicks one from Ahmed through to the keeper, so 39 for 5. This brings the visitors captain to the crease to share a 50 run partnership with Joshua before Nick completes an LBW dismissal that had been started in Ahmed’s first over.

Surrey’s hopes seemed to hang on Dave staying in and finding support from others. Leanne was batting well in support when Dave was run out three short of a half-century by a direct hit from Anil at mid-on. Forty-six needed with almost ten overs left and three wickets in hand, and the tension mounted.

Metro fielded well to allow them to complete victory with three run outs as Surrey seemed unable to judge a safe run as several opportunities looked to be turned down until that final moment allowed the Devils to celebrate a 23 point win that lifts them to the top of the league table.

Cricket coming up – Metro face national league leaders Sussex away next Saturday, and then Devils play Dorset at Highgate on the 11th of June.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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 at h.khan25@googlemail.com 07792 004838 or contact lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org  07966 260089

 

Interested in volunteering?

If you want to try volunteering, please contact Lucy at lucy.simper@metroblindsport.org at 07966 260089

 

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Have We Been Here Before? -Cricket Report!

Metro Devils Cricket Team

14th June 2015

Have We Been Here Before?

Although the answer to the question was “no”; there was a strange sense that the answer was “yes”, as the Devils travelled to Frimley cricket club – the home of Surrey VICC for their game this Sunday. There were three good reasons for that: firstly finding the benefit of having named two twelfth men in the squad as this meant there was a full eleven available for play, secondly the train journey starting with Hashmukh thinking he had a prank call on his phone only to discover that in fact there were three very familiar faces on the same train out of Waterloo; and more familiar faces in the Surrey side. Then thirdly arriving at a almost deserted station – however here good captaincy showed in learning from the previous week’s experience; and there were booked cabs waiting for the train and so just a relaxed five minute trip to the ground.

The match started with another familiar repeat performance as the toss was lost; this week however the home side took the usual decision on winning and opted to have a bowl. The low grey skies cleared a little with the best of the day’s sunshine breaking through as the Metro innings started brightly with DS joining Gary in the middle as Brenda was unavailable. They made a pretty good start – perhaps most pleased with the seventh over when they helped themselves to three fours off Amit’s bowling but then in his next over an unusual mix up saw Dave get himself stranded half way down the pitch attempting to get Gary a second and getting run out. The Surrey skipper then bowled Gary to leave the devils on 87 for 2 at the half way stage drinks.

Chris Lewis stepped up to plate after drinks starting with scoring a four off Lois before at one point facing 4.2 overs without giving Andy Law a single ball to face as he raced to 51 from 38 balls in a stand of 71; which included six more fours firmly struck all round the ground. After his retirement Surrey managed to slow the scoring rate down for a while – just 4 runs coming from over two overs, including one from Hassan; the run rate pressure perhaps leading to Metro losing two more wickets quite quickly before a rapid 15 from 8 balls from Aemon, which ended with him hitting wicket as he attempted to hit a third boundary, helped lift the final score to 194. So a defendable total has been set – could it be defended after an enjoyable Waitrose sponsored tea?

The second half of the day started well for Metro as all the bowlers kept the Surrey openers, their captain and Hassan, quiet – the Surrey scoring rate could not match their visitors until the tenth over; although further Metro success via “double O’s” first wicket that bowled the skipper just seemed to galvanise the opposition as Lois joined Hassan and by the half way stage Surrey were 17 ahead of the Metro total. Rob thoroughly enjoyed dismissing the second opener and shortly afterwards Gary took another wicket – but the Devil’s could in the end not defend the total; another familiar face, Harish, appeared at the crease and ran strongly with Lois – including taking a five, so that Lois was able to end the game by scoring the winning runs with two of the allotted overs still to be bowled as she reached 50 with a boundary through mid-wicket. An exciting game – hopefully the T20 between the two sides next week will be just as thrilling.

Meanwhile Metro will hope they do not find themselves in a horrible position in the BBS cup after their quarter final was rained off at the Northamptonshire county ground on Saturday; with dates already set for the semi-finals there is a worry that the game may be replaced by a coin toss. Metro will be keen to get to the semi-final and the chance to play Yorkshire again as it will give them a chance to avenge their league defeat this year. Watch this space for an update on the fixture list.

 

– Report by Paul Toplis

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Have We Been Here Before? – Cricket Report

Metro Devils Cricket Team

14th June 2015

Have We Been Here Before?

Although the answer to the question was “no”; there was a strange sense that the answer was “yes”, as the Devils travelled to Frimley cricket club – the home of Surrey VICC for their game this Sunday. There were three good reasons for that: firstly finding the benefit of having named two twelfth men in the squad as this meant there was a full eleven available for play, secondly the train journey starting with Hashmukh thinking he had a prank call on his phone only to discover that in fact there were three very familiar faces on the same train out of Waterloo; and more familiar faces in the Surrey side. Then thirdly arriving at a almost deserted station – however here good captaincy showed in learning from the previous week’s experience; and there were booked cabs waiting for the train and so just a relaxed five minute trip to the ground.

The match started with another familiar repeat performance as the toss was lost; this week however the home side took the usual decision on winning and opted to have a bowl. The low grey skies cleared a little with the best of the day’s sunshine breaking through as the Metro innings started brightly with DS joining Gary in the middle as Brenda was unavailable. They made a pretty good start – perhaps most pleased with the seventh over when they helped themselves to three fours off Amit’s bowling but then in his next over an unusual mix up saw Dave get himself stranded half way down the pitch attempting to get Gary a second and getting run out. The Surrey skipper then bowled Gary to leave the devils on 87 for 2 at the half way stage drinks.

Chris Lewis stepped up to plate after drinks starting with scoring a four off Lois before at one point facing 4.2 overs without giving Andy Law a single ball to face as he raced to 51 from 38 balls in a stand of 71; which included six more fours firmly struck all round the ground. After his retirement Surrey managed to slow the scoring rate down for a while – just 4 runs coming from over two overs, including one from Hassan; the run rate pressure perhaps leading to Metro losing two more wickets quite quickly before a rapid 15 from 8 balls from Aemon, which ended with him hitting wicket as he attempted to hit a third boundary, helped lift the final score to 194. So a defendable total has been set – could it be defended after an enjoyable Waitrose sponsored tea?

The second half of the day started well for Metro as all the bowlers kept the Surrey openers, their captain and Hassan, quiet – the Surrey scoring rate could not match their visitors until the tenth over; although further Metro success via “double O’s” first wicket that bowled the skipper just seemed to galvanise the opposition as Lois joined Hassan and by the half way stage Surrey were 17 ahead of the Metro total. Rob thoroughly enjoyed dismissing the second opener and shortly afterwards Gary took another wicket – but the Devil’s could in the end not defend the total; another familiar face, Harish, appeared at the crease and ran strongly with Lois – including taking a five, so that Lois was able to end the game by scoring the winning runs with two of the allotted overs still to be bowled as she reached 50 with a boundary through mid-wicket. An exciting game – hopefully the T20 between the two sides next week will be just as thrilling.

Meanwhile Metro will hope they do not find themselves in a horrible position in the BBS cup after their quarter final was rained off at the Northamptonshire county ground on Saturday; with dates already set for the semi-finals there is a worry that the game may be replaced by a coin toss. Metro will be keen to get to the semi-final and the chance to play Yorkshire again as it will give them a chance to avenge their league defeat this year. Watch this space for an update on the fixture list.

 

– Report by Paul Toplis

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