Metter’s vows to regain his County place.
PUBLISHED: 09:12 23 June 2010
EXMOUTH’s Chris Metters has vowed to win his place back in the Devon side after being dropped for the Minor Counties Championship game against Wales, last weekend, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.
Metters, the leading bowler in all Minor Counties cricket last season with 35 wickets at an average of less than 18, played in the drawn game against Cornwall at Torquay two weeks ago.
Essex head the list of First Class counties interested in the Exmouth left-armer, who has also been assessed by Warwickshire and Worcestershire. John Childs, the former England spinner, has taken a particular interest in Metters as they are both South Devon CC old boys.
Devon team managers have become frustrated by Metters’ sometimes casual approach to his cricket - and leaving him out is seen as the best way of giving him a short, sharp shock. “It is a wake-up call,” said Devon captain Neil Hancock. “We are trying to create a more professional set up in Devon cricket and Chris has to buy into that.
“If Chris harbours ambitions of playing First Class cricket, and I know that he does, then he needs to get into some better habits now.”
Metters, who won’t be 20 until September, said he was shocked to be left out of the side but had taken on board the criticisms levied at him
“Playing for Devon is important to me and I am determined to play my way back into the side as soon as I can,” said Metters.
“It has been pointed out to me where I have gone wrong and I have written to the county officials apologising and saying what I intend to do to put it right.
“I hope it isn’t too long before I am back in the side again.”