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Metters the latest to join the playing ranks at Kensham Park

Chris Metters has become the latest big-name signing to join the Kensham Park 2015 revolution.

The twenty-four-year old has transferred from former team Exmouth and the Kensham Park supporters can now look forward to watching a player with first class big game experience.

Metters is already well-known to many of his new team-mates as he is a regular attendee at the Monday night football get together that the players hold during the winter months.

Club vice chairman Paul Nott is also one of the Monday night footballers and he says:

“He’d (Chris Metters) get in many a football team with his nifty skills! Having been to a couple of nets with the lads, let me just say that he is a fabulous acquisition for us. He’s undoubtedly a talent and just happens also to be a really nice person. The dressing room is going to be a bit special with Chris around.”

So what of our latest signing?

Chris Metters was born in Torquay on September 12, 1990. On May 12, 2011, Metters became the first Warwickshire bowler since 1946 to claim a championship ‘fivefer’ on his first-class debut! In that game between arch rivals Warwickshire and Worcestershire, Worcestershire began confidently enough with an opening stand of 56 between James Cameron and Matt Pardoe before Metters got to work. Pardoe, promoted to open, played another gutsy innings before he pushed back a return catch to give Metters his maiden wicket. Alexei Kervezee was lbw sweeping, Moeen Ali was taken at leg slip and Damien Wright pulled a full toss to deep midwicket. Jack Shantry popped up another return catch in the final over of the day to complete a memorable day for Metters who, like Warwickshire’s then director of cricket Ashley Giles, began his career as a left-arm seamer.

The Birmingham Mail reported on August 7, 2013:

“Director of cricket Dougie Brown today expressed regret that Warwickshire had to take the tough decision not to renew Chris Metters’ contract at the end of the season on medical grounds.

Spin-bowler Metters, along with seamer Tom Allin, have been told they will not get new deals in September. Allin is a victim of the considerable challenge of trying to break into one of the best seam attacks in county cricket. He may well find another county, while Metters probably will if he can sort out his troublesome shoulder. But that is a big ‘if’. Judging by his first-team appearances for the Bears, particularly in 2011, the 24-year-old appears to have the talent to carve out a decent career. But then came that shoulder problem, hardly any competitive cricket for two years and two operations which have left the shoulder weakened and, in the Bears’ view, unlikely ever to be strong enough to withstand the rigours of full-time cricket. We just don’t think Chris is ever going to get himself to a point fitness-wise that will be suitable for professional cricket,” Brown said.

We were really pleased he was bowling again as quickly as he did after his last operation but he still can’t throw and is struggling big-time. It would be too much of a gamble for us, not knowing if he will ever be fit enough. His fitness alone is what is going to prevent him getting to the top level, which is really disappointing because he is a top bloke who has done really well in the first team. Everybody at the club wishes him only the best.”

Last season Metters played for Exmouth as a batsman and given his injury woes that is the initial strength he brings to the club – and what a strength that is! The Kensham Park faithful can look forward to some exciting cricket this coming summer.