The cricket season ended with a below-strength Metro side taking a trip to Wolverhampton Cricket Club, who were hosting the David Townley memorial T20 competition for the first time. Seven were hardy enough to face a day that started on the seven forty-three from Euston and finished finding their way home after the return train arrived at ten o’clock.
Matt Dean who had taken Metro to finals day was that missed person on the day; as some of his runs may have resulted in a more successful outcome for Metro. Matt won the BCEW partially sighted batsman of the year award for his 600 runs at an average of 150. Lois Turner had already received the female player of the year award for her efforts for Surrey and Metro.
The draw for the semi-finals resulted in what seems to be a fixture of the draw for cup matches as Metro had to face Warwickshire, while Sussex played Cheshire in the other match. Metro expanded their team by borrowing players from Staffordshire who had turned up to watch and were happy to be given the opportunity to play.
However, after the BCEW bowler of the year, Luke Sugg bowled Rory with the fourth ball of the Metro innings the game was always going to be very hard for Metro to compete in. Shaks top scored with 14 as a score of just 40 all out was posted in under 14 overs as Luke finished with 4 for 9 plus a catch. He then led the chase with 26 not out including a six as despite Rory picking up one wicket – Metro could not take the game into the sixth over.
After an excellent, and early lunch Metro faced Cheshire in the third place playoff game; losing the toss they were asked to bat first and fared much better in this game. Rory scored 71 from a total of 131; which included a partnership of 77 for the fourth wicket with Aemonn, who scored an undefeated 15. A much more competitive score in the very windy conditions that make hearing the ball and bowling with accuracy quite difficult. The opposition had lost a lot of wickets in their semi-final and when Rory took a wicket with his first ball with just two runs having been scored it looked as if a very tight game might ensue.
Tom Kitchen and Paul Knowles however then built a steady partnership from a slow start and when Rory and Charles combined to secure a run out for Metro’s second wicket they had scored 90 together in just over half the allotted overs. This base allowed Cheshire to complete their win with more than three overs to spare; but not before the Staffordshire on loan total had taken a no bounce catch to dismiss Howard Greenhill and Charles had taken a catch to leave the Cobras four down as they reached their target with a boundary.
In the final Justin Hollingsworth scored 98 as Warwickshire posted a huge total that could not be matched by the BCEW league winners Sussex; so there were two winning teams able to collect their trophies at the post-match celebration. Metro passed on the “Spirit of Cricket” award to Somerset and so ends the season – although some may noticed that the BBS Cup final has not been played. Due to unforeseen circumstances that will now take place in the early part of the 2017 season.
– Report by Paul Toplis