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Cricket: Batters Make Hay as Bowlers Toil in the Hot Sun!

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Metro vs Somerset  6 Aug!

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Saturday saw clear blue skies and hot sunshine all afternoon as Metro entertained Somerset, with both clubs still hoping to win the BCEW league title.

The pitch was hard and dry, and the outfield brown and yellow as the visitors looked to avenge their cup defeat earlier in the season. It was first blood to them, too, as they won the toss and asked Metro to bat on a day where drinks were to be taken every ten overs because of the heat.

Matt Dean had a new opening partner in the left-handed Asif – perhaps because Damion, who had travelled from Scotland for the game, arrived only just as the match started. Asif was trapped LBW by the visitor’s skipper Ed at the end of the third over to bring Andy Law to the crease.

Matt farmed the strike during their partnership which ended just before drinks, as Andy, who had seen several strong shots blocked by the close in Somerset fielders yet again, could only find a fielder with a well hit shot.

The ball struck David and looped up gently in the air to give Ed a simple catch at square leg with 96 runs scored, off the bowling of Jason.

This brought Damion and Matt together, and both hit the ball firmly to all parts of the ground; Damion hit six boundaries and a six, while Matt had eight boundaries and a brace of sixes in their partnership of 197. Damion’s contribution was 94 and Matt’s 87 when Rory declared after twenty-five overs to deny Damion a first century at Highgate and the pair to post a 200 partnership.

The declaration was essential as Metro had to try and win to give themselves a chance of winning the league title – Sussex having taken a strong lead after Northants had to concede their matched scheduled for the same day.

After a tea of pre-packed sandwiches, Somerset started the chase with Rob and their Matt.

The game was being played with the new, slightly larger and perhaps lighter ball, which was perhaps harder to grip. Ed had completely lost his grip at one point in the Metro innings and after an excellent opening over that went for just two runs, including a bye, Rory seemed to struggle in his next over as he bowled four wides, the first of many that Metro conceded as the match continued.

After his match-winning cup over, Asif opened the bowling with three tidy overs in the first eight taking the wicket of Graham LBW for 19 runs; that LBW had been set up by Andy. It was the second wicket to fall before drinks as Amit had earlier bowled Matt, and the visitors added another 23 to be on 88 at drinks, just eight behind the Metro score.

From that point, the game belonged mostly to the batters as Rob and Ed did get a partnership above 200, twenty-nine exactly when the match ended with a Matt Dean wide delivery in the thirty-first over of the chase.

There had been chances – Rory making a great effort in the deep, both Gareth and Amit chasing possible caught and bowled, and one that went towards Matt, who failed to see the ball in the awkward light.

Ed had scored 134 with sixteen boundaries and two sixes, while Rob’s contribution of 64 was part of his 91 as he joined Damion in just missing out on a century.

The sides meet again in Somerset next week if the logistics can be resolved with a rail strike planned, where another win would leave Somerset well placed to challenge for the league title in their final match of the season against Sussex the next day.

The Sharks will meet Metro in the Primary club cup final on the 3rd of September – now Metro’s only chance of a win this season.

Those partnerships? – Somerset’s second-highest behind the same two players who scored 263 in 2013 and Metro’s eighth highest – with only one higher by a pair that does not include Matt.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

 

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And the winner is … “The game of cricket”!

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Metro Devils V Berkshire Stag  “Friendly Match”  23 July

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A friendly match was played on Saturday 23rd of 2022, up at Highgate Woods, North London, against a London Metro Devils side with a few extra guest players turning out for the teams. The weather was nice and sunny, but not the unbearable oven-like heat of last weekend,

Sam was captaining the Dirty Greens, whilst the imperious Big Chris was in charge of the True Scarlets. An inspection of the square revealed it to be very bumpy and dusty, but fortunately, the crease lines were clearly visible as they had just been painted out, and the outfield was even more bumpy with some strange contours on it.

Big Chris won the toss and put the Greens in to bat. As it was a friendly, the batting and bowling orders were much-changed, some strange combinations were tried, and some even stranger shots were attempted. Also, batsmen were rotated, if not out, with retirement at 25 anyway, to give everyone a chance in the middle.

Scarlets even managed the rare feat of giving all eleven players on the field a bowl, even their keeper Anil with Jack going behind the sticks for this. Greens began slowly and cautiously, up against some tight bowling from Moshfique, who had been given the ball – even though it was a friendly, it was definitely his most accurate and precise bowling of the season.

Stu’ The Wall’ had opened the batting for the Greens and had even managed to score a couple of runs, which was something of a rare event in itself. Then Camille came on to bowl and astonished everyone by claiming a wicket – she swears it was her first one ever for the club.

In fact, it was her tenth wicket, and she has seven for the Stags. After drinks at half-time, the run-rate began to pick up dramatically when the Green’s big hitters – Rob, Sam, Thomas and Tom, not to mention the uncanny Fish – all made their way to the square in due turn and began to smash it all around the park, all of them quickly reaching 25 no and retiring.

However, Big Chris had cleverly kept his best bowlers back – Jack, Lee and his own modest self, and these were able to stifle the run-rate and start claiming some much-needed Green wickets.

Several Green retirees returned to the sticks, only to discover that true quality was bowling at them and Stu – trapped LBW, Sam – caught by Arun, and Rob – middle stump knocked over, all fell by the wayside very quickly. The only exception to this seemed to be Young Thomas, who proved he was truly in excellent form and continued where he had left off, knocking it all around the park – there was nowhere you could bowl to him without him middling it.

After a lovely tea, it was True Scarlets turn to bat. Moshfique scored 14, and Lee, who made 18, put on a very brisk and enterprising partnership before both rather annoyingly got themselves out.

Next in was Hashy, normally a tail-ender blocker for Metro but promoted up the order by Big Chris, who steadfastly blocked everything and retired undefeated on zero not out. Next in was Anil, who hit nice tight enterprising innings before retiring, and then Arun, who managed to run himself out before he could receive a ball.

Camille was Scarlet’s No.6, and she hunkered down and played possibly her best innings ever, retiring on 12, not out, including one glorious boundary watched by disbelieving fielders as it zipped over the boundary – her first this season. Poor Atif, who had been patiently fielding at close cover point or short square leg all innings with his legs apart waiting for a tickle, was cruelly denied an easy catch when the ball dollied up, only for Fish to race around and get in his way.

Next in was the much-travelled Min, who had been doing all the running for all the non-running batsmen, but soon she fell and was replaced by John Garbett, who played a sterling innings of safety and some thumping shots and was able to retire with his bat held high.

Andy came out and surprised everyone by not getting out before he eventually retired, followed by Jack, who immediately started thumping it hard around the park, retiring on 25, not out in no time.

Finally, Big Chris rounds off the innings, only for him to be run out by his runner Min, for the third consecutive time in a match – this is getting rather annoying, off the penultimate ball when she stopped dead mid-wicket at the sight of Rob Turner grovelling on the ground before her just having dropped a very difficult caught & bowled off a thumping Big Chris drive.

It was up to Hashy to come back and face the last ball, which he did with sterling fortitude, to finish the game on 2not out – the first runs he had ever scored in an innings for as long as he could remember.

So, all in all, it was a very fun day out with a very memorable friendly atmosphere played between two teams out to play cricket and enjoy themselves, the result being that Scarlets held on for a very gallant and valiant draw in the end. Nearly everybody could come away from the game with some great memories and personal achievements.

Match report by Chris Wallace

 

 

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Cricket: What a Difference a Week Makes!

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BCEW Primary Club Heindrich Swanepoel Cup
Semi-Finals

 Northants v Metro – 23  July!

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Sadly, for Metro Devils, a lack of players in the club meant that they were forced to concede their match against Berkshire Stags, with four of their regulars playing for Metro in the Primary Club cup match against Northants. This meant that the Stags took the league title, and a friendly was played at Highgate, including guests from Kent, where two almost full teams enjoyed a very entertaining 25 overs a side match.

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Meanwhile, Metro posted just 45 more in 30 overs than they had managed in the T20 cup last Saturday, a score based around Matt Dean’s 159 from 96 balls, as he batted the entire innings before getting run out by Asif Ali on the last ball. It then looked as if the match might have the same result as, after 59 overs, Asif was again at the crease.

This time 22 runs were needed, so the task was a little harder, but surely Metro’s Asif was under huge pressure as this was just his fourth over of the season – the other three having been earlier in the match where he had conceded 25 runs. Credit to Asif as he was thrown the ball ahead of Gareth, who had bowled his five overs for 33 runs.

Mark Turnham was on strike for the first ball, but Northants took a bye to get Asif on strike; the next ball was Asif’s ninth six hit over long on.

Then came the change from the week before as Asif beat the bat to hit the stumps, and suddenly the emotions for the whole team must have changed as now there were 15 needed from just three balls, so the task was harder than the 4-6-4 that Asif had ended the game with and new batter Phil Hancock in his first Northants game of the season was on strike.

Asif had scored 134, several more than the week before; he had nine maximums and six boundaries compared with 7 and 11 the week before.

Phil got the ball backward of square for two, and now care was needed to avoid any extras, and Metro should win. Asif delivered a precious dot ball, and then the second innings finished as the first had with a run out – this time it was the Metro skipper, and this was just Phil’s third ball, and Metro had won by twelve runs.

The Metro team was Devil’s regulars Asif, Rob, Alan, and Prem, with Rory, Matt, Mo, Gareth, Amit, Andy and Nick. The cup final will be a repeat of the 2018 final, with Metro hoping to do better against Sussex than in their league fixtures this season.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

 

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Cricket: Northants Edge Nail Bitery

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BCEW David Townley DT20 Quarter Final

Northants v Metro – 16  July!

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Northants reached the T20 cup semi-finals with three balls to spare at the delightful Badby cricket ground as Asif went like a train, a large, powerful 4-6-4 locomotive, from the first three balls of the last over to enable Northants to overtake Metro’s 208 with three balls to spare.

On a beautiful hot day where the shade of the listed trees just outside the boundary was essential for keeping the batting sides cool as they waited to bat and drinks being needed at seven over intervals both for the players and the umpires, all those watching were treated to a classic game.

It was a day for records with umpire Alan Pierce standing in his 1,000th match and more records to follow after the toss had been won by Northants who chose to bowl.

This was the first BCEW visit to a ground of a club that trace their roots back to 1855 and who were able to offer a background as green as possible in a scorching summer, the most generous hospitality, and that great boon of complete peace and quiet.

Northants opted to open with a total bowling the second over of the innings that went for just six as metro’s openers settled in their work.

They reached 50 from 34 balls, and Matt was starting to look dangerous when in Gerald’s first over, his lofted cover drive was caught by Asif on the boundary to bring the drinks beak one ball early with the partnership of 57.

After drinks, the over ended with Amit bowled to leave Gerald on a hat trick. Seven balls later, after Mo had started his innings with two boundaries in two balls, Nick carefully saw off the hat trick ball by defending on the leg side.

Three legal balls later, an elegant cover drive brought up his 1,000 career runs which he celebrated with back-to-back sixes pulled over square leg from a no ball and a free hit. The third wicket 50 partnership came off just sixteen balls, with Mo hitting eighteen from just four balls! Mo holed out to Howard off High’s first ball for a quickfire 32 from 10 balls with all the runs in boundaries.

The next 50 partnership was from a more pedestrian two dozen balls, Justin and Nick adding 77 in total as Asif bowled Nick for 91, having bowled Justin on a free hit ball earlier in the over, from the last ball of the innings.

A much-needed break with an excellent tea followed before Northants began a chase which offered to produce a close game. Metro did not use the Northant’s tactic of opening with total bowler, but started with Rory and Mo backed up by Nick, but skipper David and Howard still almost matched the Metro scoring rate.

At the start of the sixth over, they were just eight behind on 34 as Justin bowled to David, who skied one back at the bowler, who, after a juggle with hands and body, managed to complete a catch.

At that point, the innings mirrored the first as Hugh was bowled first ball to set up a second hat trick ball of the match. After seeing off the hat trick ball, Asif settled into a big-hitting innings with a six over square leg.

At the first drinks break, the difference in scores was just four runs, and the gap widened a little to 18 in the middle of the innings before Asif’s big-hitting matched Mo’s so that the gap was just 11 at the second drinks break with Metro having five partial and one total over to bowl.

Neither innings was chanceless, as the partnership reached 100 from 47 balls; there was a tough chance for Matt to take Asif and Howard was well caught by Nick in the covers on a free hit. The 157 partnership proved a winning one – as an exhausted Howard who had been hit by Mo was trapped LBW by Justin, so 18 were then needed off seven balls.

Gerald, cool as a cucumber, swept to the backward square leg boundary to leave that final over chase to Asif, who finished with 105 from 48 balls with 11 boundaries and seven maximums.

The sides meet again next Saturday in the Primary club 30 over the semi-final and will hopefully also manage to play their league game that was scuppered by the trains in June before the end of the season.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

 

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Cricket: Hampshire Squeeze Past Devils in the Sunshine

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Hampshire v Metro Devils – 10  July!

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The Devils had a stressful start to this Sunday match – unsure if all the players could get onto the train at Waterloo and Clapham junction was the start. Then on arriving at Fratton station, one of the book cabs was almost taken by someone waiting at the rank; not that any of the three cabbies knew where to go for Hillsea cricket club.

Dropped outside Portsmouth college, the team had to phone Hampshire before the friendly club groundsman appeared out of the bushes on the far side of the road.

A winding track between stinging nettles led to the clubhouse and a hard, sun-baked cricket pitch. Not that the visitors were the only ones who had trouble finding the ground as an early start was not possible as the home side only arrived in time for a start on time.

The home side won the toss and invited Metro to bat under bright blue skies that had just a few puffy white clouds in them.

A very hot day was expected, but a cooling breeze blowing for most of the day did make the playing conditions at least tolerable. Prem and Chris opened but were unable to get the match off to a good start for the Devils as in just the second over, Chris was bowled just after hitting a no-ball for two. Hasmukh and Prem rebuilt carefully before Hasmukh was bowled by the home skipper at the end of the fifth over.

Prem then began to settle into a good scoring rhythm scoring a series of boundaries all around the ground, and at the first drinks break, after nine overs, 61 had been scored. After drinks, Simon Cookson came on for Hampshire and started with two excellent overs; he bowled Anil in the first and then a maiden at Shiv to leave him with 1 for 7.

His figures were a little spoilt with a no-ball to Prem at the start of his third over that was pulled over fine leg for the only 6 of the match.

A great way to bring up both Prem’s 50 and the team’s 100.

Andy Law added a run a ball ten before being very well caught at point by John James, and Arun chipped in with another ten before being run out by excellent fielding from Callum meant he could not take the strike off Shiv.

Shiv did well to anchor the end of the innings with a score of 21 – even if he was lucky that when hit on the leg by a straight one, there was no appeal.

Hampshire bowled very well at the end, conceding only 23 runs from the last six overs as the Devils reached 165 for 6 with Dave Daniels catching Alan in the last over so that all the team had a bat – even if Nick only faced three balls.

Callum and Matt Greenhough got the home side off to an excellent start with a 55 run partnership in just over seven overs before Matt was bowled by Shiv, who then took a second wicket in his second over as Andy Law took a fine catch to dismiss the only Hampshire total.

Shortly after the first drinks break, Alan trapped Simon LBW to bring Phil Daniels to the wicket. He immediately started scoring at an amazing rate contributing 36 to a partnership of 51.

He had hit seven boundaries before he was caught by Prem at deep square leg in Hasmukh’s first over when Callum retired, having reached his fifty from forty-two balls with his eighth boundary a fine drive down the ground.

At this point, the Devils were able to slow the scoring rate for a while, but when the home captain fell LBW to Andy, there were just 17 more runs needed from nine overs, and victory seemed just a matter of time. Three overs were needed before John James steered the winning two runs through point.

This leaves the Devils with two games this season – at home to Berkshire and away at Gloucestershire. Meanwhile, next Saturday sees all four BCEW David Townley T20 matches with Metro way at Northants.

Match report by Paul Toplis

 

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