Lions Batsmen Roar in the Sun
Lancashire Lions VICC v London Metro on 17th May report.
After the weather claimed the first fixtures of the 2014 season we finally got off with the start of the BCEW National League as London Metro made the journey up to Manchester.
The Lions won the toss and put Metro into bat first and this decision looked the correct choice as Shah Miah removed opener Rory Field for a duck. In the next over captain Sheraz Chohan removed the new batsman also without scoring putting Metro on the back foot and struggling to get the opening bowlers away.
Metro packed with England VI stars brought their experience to the fore as Matt Dean and Mark Bond rebuilt the Metro innings with some attacking batting and strokes of luck as catches fell short and occasionally over the heads of fielders. Both players completed the fight back as they put on a massive 250 run partnership with Matt Dean finishing on 142 and Mark Bond left 5 runs short of reaching his century as Metro declared their innings on 277-2.
Metro high on confidence looked to get a quick end to the Lancashire innings and this looked on the cards as the Lions saw opener Arslan Sabir caught off the first ball of the innings. Abu Bakr soon departed for 2 with the score just on 21. Ralph Aldred then put up a 50 run partnership helping Shah reach his 50 in the process. Metro then struck twice as they removed Ralph (10) and Rashid Khan (9) leaving Lancashire reeling on 95 for 4.
With things looking precarious captain Sheraz and Shah began the fight back with some lusty hitting and determined batting. They frustrated the bowlers in the late afternoon sunshine. Both batsmen took charge of the bowling and rarely looked in trouble with Shah hitting 3 consecutive boundaries to reach his Madan century for the Lions.
The match came to an end as the overs lapsed with Lions just falling 36 runs short of the target with Shah (107) and Sheraz (41) putting on a club record unbeaten 147 run partnership to close the innings on 242-4 resulting in a satisfactory draw for the Lions and leaving Metro feeling defeated.
Amjad Khan (Lancashire Lions VICC)
Lancashire Lions Visually Impaired Cricket Club fixtures can be found at: Lancashire Lions VI CC Fixture 2014.