Whips Mid Island
spanking unbeaten half-century from young Shafeek Shah and a clinical
opening spell of swing bowling from Linden StLouis are all that were
required for Cosmos to displaced an otherwise irrelevant Mid Island
team when the two met at Westbury High School ground last Sunday.
Cosmos pounce on this opposition from the first ball and did not leave
any room for revival. At 80 for 8, the scoreboard appears quite similar
when the two teams met a year ago. This time it was very very different.
Both teams were spared the vile interference from forked tongue and
corrupted heads – teams in the league did insure that at least
– so that cricket in the league will be returned to the decency
and camaraderie it was accustomed to. Both Mid Island and Cosmos amidst
the “heat and hovering clouds” played to their expectations.
Cosmos Linden St Louis picked up four wickets in his first four overs
leaving mid island tottering. Shafeek picked off a nick in Louis first
over and then in his second, he gloved a spectacular one handed diving
catch down the leg side- you wouldn’t see much better one in
any form of the game. Only the veteran Clem Thompson showed some class
of the past as he maneuvers the strike blasting nine fours and a six
to register a fighting 60. It was left to Orlando Baker and David
Mohamed with two wickets each to reduce the opposition to 133 all
out. It was Louis day in the field though, as he followed up with
a run out via direct hit and a good running catch.
In reply, Cosmos raced to 119 for 1 in the seventeenth over, Shafeek
Shah - one of the most promising young player in the New York area-
showed no regard for the Mid Island pacers as he stroked five fours
and three sixes for an unbeaten on 69. Orlando went for a patient
32 to place his performance with the bat among the top five, as Cosmos
reached their target. This victory in the last game in the Round Robin
competition guarantee that Cosmos has remain on top of the points
table and has won their division.
Cosmos managers Lloyd Scott and Shadi Khan expressed their satisfaction
that “this team is a well knitted group of gentlemen who will
always be winners on and off the field.”