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BBS Cup Quarter Final

Metro Cricket Team

Warwickshire; The Expected Result?

9th June 2018

Metro have found Warwickshire barring their progress in the cup for several years and on Saturday after a very hard fought game it boiled down to this; there were 19 more, of the 181 needed by Warwickshire for a win, still required with 7 wickets down and three overs remaining.

For the visitors the wickets were critical as they had arrived with only nine players. The question thus was could Metro’s pair of totals bowling at the death defend 19 from three overs?

Amit had the first ball, of the three, from the café end; his action sends the ball looping high and dropping on a length. Gerald is on strike but cannot make effective contact with the first two balls; but then the line strays leg side and two runs are taken to fine leg. A dot follows and then he gets solidly under one and lifts it high, for a one bounce four to fine leg. The field is in close, to try and prevent the single but he plays with soft hands to drop the ball onto the strip and race through for a single to keep the strike.

Hassan comes back to complete his spell from the scorebox end; his action very different – the ball low and skiddy, often close the its third bounce as it reaches the striker. The first ball is squirted to point; for just a single and Metro have what they want – the Warwickshire total on strike. Now an error from the keeper as the next ball slips past him and a bye is taken.

Warwickshire seem to take control next ball, Matt Dean at square leg strays behind square – for a no ball – that is driven past mid off for two. Seven needed from ten balls. Hassan holds his nerve and keeps it straight as two dots follow. Then Warwickshire take a single to third man, to put Gerald on strike for the last over and Ezekiel blocks out Hassan’s last ball. Six needed, or five as a tie will win it for the visitors as they have lost less wickets.

Amit pitches up and Mo, behind the stumps does well to block the ball; the next one is edged up and Mo makes no mistake holding the catch to set up a semi-final at Highgate on the 30th June against Yorkshire who beat Gloucestershire on Sunday.

Great celebrations by Metro follow.

Not that those quite match the individual celebrations from Amit at his earlier match winning contributions – his speed, after grabbing chances at short square leg from both Warwickshire’s England stars, could surely only be matched by one of the home side.

The first catch had been the breakthrough Metro were after as the visitors had looked to be taking control at 66 without loss after ten overs; before Justin was caught for 46. Luke marshalled the rest of the innings batting carefully and aware that the required run rate was always under control. He batted nearly two hours for his 45; departing sixth with the score on 151.

The Metro bowling display was brilliant, backed up by energetic and enthusiastic fielding to make sure that the rate never got too low. The best figures of the day belonged to Amit and Mo with two wickets each; Mo’s for just 23 runs from his six overs; while Gareth took four to add to his five from the week before.

Earlier in the afternoon, batting first after having been put in, the Metro innings was based on a rapid 52 from Matt Dean out of a score of 79 for three and then solid contributions from all led by Ryan who came in as Matt left and batted for over an hour in scoring 35 while the team score increased by ninety-five.

After he was out from the second ball of the twenty-sixth over with Luke and Justin bowling Metro collapsed; Mo followed at the end of the over bowled by Justin, leaving Rory as a spectator for the next over from Luke. This was a fast and accurate over – dot, bowled, no ball, dot, bowled, not and then lbw. Metro had not batted their full allowance of overs, as Justin had two left and Luke one, and surely had not scored enough.

It was all set up for a test of bowling skill and Hassan and Amit passed with flying colours.

Report by Paul Toplis

 

Bowlers Win Match in Robin Hood County

Metro Cricket Team

1st July

Metro kept the pressure up on Warwickshire in the National League by winning on their first trip to Nottinghamshire. Having found trouble assembling their full eleven at St Pancras; with all signposts pointing only to the International terminal, and one player arriving with just two minutes before the departure the stress of travel increased at Nottingham. It all seemed easy as the train to the countryside left from the end of the platform the London train had arrived at, so a trip for coffee and breakfast was possible – then there was a last minute platform alteration that required a rapid move from one end of the station to the other for the footbridge and then a rush for the full team on to the train.

Arriving a Fiskerton there was much searching for instructions from phones before setting off on the one-mile trip, via the level crossing and through the attractive village past all the landmark lanes – Claypit, Gravelly and Back to the quiet ground in Cook’s Lane. Metro had arrived early -before the home team, so with the pavilion just in use for dance class and with croquet in full swing on one lawn only just beyond the boundary ropes. This allowed Metro to make good use of the nets and outfield for practice before hearing the good news, for them. that the opposition had fallen one more player short at the last minute and only had nine.

The hosts went ahead after that, taking the early advantage of winning the toss and putting Metro in to bat; on a day where the blustery wind was soon to blow away the cloud and bring out sunshine to bathe the ground. Good bowling from the opening pair of Arif and Atif, meant that Matt and Nick could only start slowly with just 28 scored off the first six. However, both batsmen then started finding their range and the inevitable holes in the field that even Atif with all his speed could not plug. The 50 came up in the ninth over with a wide followed by an assault from Matt to score 11 off the next four balls with a series of leg side shots.

It seemed as if a century opening partnership was going to happen but then a sharp piece of fielding by the home side’s low partial saw Nick run out with 97 on the board. The 100 came up just before drinks as Andy joined Matt and initially had a strike rate of 100. After drinks however Matt took charge of the innings as the run rate slowly increased.

His innings was not chanceless but potential catches were put down, perhaps due to that swirling wind, and surely there was a 100 partnership – but no Matt was only interested in taking one so with Andy’s runner thinking two both batsmen ended up at the same end giving Atif the easiest of run outs on 196. Rory joined Matt and the skipper brought up the 200 with a two to mid-wicket as Metro accelerated again, to post 247 from 29 overs with Matt on 155 with 20 boundaries; a declaration allowing tea to be taken.

So then to the winning of the game – the home side having failed to take a bowlers wicket; could Nottingham score at the required 8 an over or would Metro collect the 8 wickets needed for a win? Mo set the standard for Metro’s bowlers with just two runs scored from his first two quick, hostile overs. The first wicket, however, was another batsman’s mix up with the home side this time getting into a muddle allowing Matt Dean to complete a run out.

Gareth then found a thin edge which Charles grabbed behind the stumps, then in the next over he took a superb diving catch off Rory’s bowling to leave the score at 15 for three from five overs.

There was then a brief rally for the home side as they almost doubled their score before the next wicket fell, although good fielding made scoring any runs hard work as the team backed up the good bowling from all. Pressure built as Amit and Gareth bowled back to back maidens but the breakthrough was another run out – this time Nick throwing the ball in.

From there the rest was made to look easy by Metro’s bowlers as Mo and Gareth took a wicket each and Rory two more. A fantastic effort to bowl Nottingham out for just 45 to give a win by over two hundred. So who needs batsmen – their 200 runs were not needed except to turn a win into a big win.

So ended a most enjoyable trip to Nottingham – with a lift in the minibus back to the welcoming Fiskerton station and a much less stressful trip home – made awkward only by the limited opportunities to purchase suitable celebratory drinks.

  • Stat Attack: Metro runs scored
  • Third Man 20 runs with three boundaries
  • Off side, point to extra cover 44 runs with six boundaries
  • Straight , mid off to mid on 46 runs with five boundaries
  • Leg side, mid wicket to square leg 50 runs with four boundaries
  • Fine Leg 40 runs with five boundaries

Report by Paul Toplis 

 

Warwickshire Home Library Service

Warwickshire Home Library Service - Your library at your door!

If you live in Warwickshire, Your Library can be at your door!

If you can’t get to the library due to ill health or disability and you do not have someone to collect books for you, the library can come to you. We can offer books in standard and large print and also have a wide range of audio books in different formats.

If you would like to borrow a particular title from Warwickshire’s stock, we can get this for you. This service is free.

How does it work?

Once you have told us what you like to read we will make up a collection of books for you. We will visit you once every four weeks to deliver the books and collect the books you have borrowed.

Apply for the Home Library Service.

To apply to use this service please contact the Home Delivery and Mobile Library Service:

telephone: 01926 851031
email: mobilelibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk

The link to our website is as follows:  https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/homelibraryservice

Please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Merriott if you would like any further information.

Contact: Stephen Merriott Call: 01926 413472 or Mobile: 07920071151
Library Team Leader: Communities Team

Cricket – KO Semi Final (TBC)

Metro Devils Cricket Team
Venue:
Away
Time:
1pm - TBC
Phone:
N/A
Date:
09th July 2016
Cost:
Free


We welcome male and female players of all abilities and ages. So, even if you’ve never played cricket before, but you fancy giving it a go, please do get in touch.

Metro has two cricket teams – Metro and the Metro Devils.

Metro play their home matches at Highgate Wood. Training is also held at the cricket nets at Highgate Wood on Thursday evenings in the cricket season. Visit the ‘Events‘ page here  or the quick link on the right of this page for match dates.

For more details on Metro’s cricketing activities, please contact: Rory Field
rory.field74@gmail.com

Blind Cricket

Cricket for blind and partially sighted people is played with a normal junior football with ball bearings inside to enable players to hear the ball. The game is similar to mainstream cricket. Teams consist of 4 blind/severely visually impaired players and 7 partially sighted players. Metro will consider subsidy requests for travel and subsistence, kit, venue hire etc..

Metro is one of the founder members of the National Domestic Blind Cricket League and also competes in the BBS Knockout Cup Competition. Metro has been very successful in both competitions, winning the BBS Knockout Cup on 11 occasions since 1990. Metro has two teams, Metro and Metro Devils (Metro’s second team), taking part in both league and cup competitions in the 2012 season.

Want to know more?

Blind cricket – B1 category – batting and bowling  – Video Below!

Blind Cricket – B2 category – batting and bowling-Video Below!

Blind Cricket – B3 category – batting and bowling-Video Below!

Videos above by ECB

ECB Disability Cricket: www.ecb.co.uk/development/disability-cricket/

For more info, visit the Blind Cricket England and Wales homepage at
http://www.bcew.co.uk

For more details on Metro’s cricketing activities,
please contact: Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com

You may also find these links of interest:
Cricket for Change: www.cricketforchange.org.uk

Cricket – Metro v Warwickshire

Metro Cricket Team
Venue:
Highgate
Time:
1pm - TBC
Phone:
N/A
Date:
02nd July 2016
Cost:
Free


We welcome male and female players of all abilities and ages. So, even if you’ve never played cricket before, but you fancy giving it a go, please do get in touch.

Metro has two cricket teams – Metro and the Metro Devils.

Metro play their home matches at Highgate Wood. Training is also held at the cricket nets at Highgate Wood on Thursday evenings in the cricket season. Visit the ‘Events‘ page here  or the quick link on the right of this page for match dates.

For more details on Metro’s cricketing activities, please contact: Rory Field
rory.field74@gmail.com

Blind Cricket

Cricket for blind and partially sighted people is played with a normal junior football with ball bearings inside to enable players to hear the ball. The game is similar to mainstream cricket. Teams consist of 4 blind/severely visually impaired players and 7 partially sighted players. Metro will consider subsidy requests for travel and subsistence, kit, venue hire etc..

Metro is one of the founder members of the National Domestic Blind Cricket League and also competes in the BBS Knockout Cup Competition. Metro has been very successful in both competitions, winning the BBS Knockout Cup on 11 occasions since 1990. Metro has two teams, Metro and Metro Devils (Metro’s second team), taking part in both league and cup competitions in the 2012 season.

Want to know more?

Blind cricket – B1 category – batting and bowling  – Video Below!

Blind Cricket – B2 category – batting and bowling-Video Below!

Blind Cricket – B3 category – batting and bowling-Video Below!

Videos above by ECB

ECB Disability Cricket: www.ecb.co.uk/development/disability-cricket/

For more info, visit the Blind Cricket England and Wales homepage at
http://www.bcew.co.uk

For more details on Metro’s cricketing activities,
please contact: Rory Field rory.field74@gmail.com

You may also find these links of interest:
Cricket for Change: www.cricketforchange.org.uk