Surrey VICC v Metro Devils – 19 June!
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
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