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Cosmos Whips Mid Island

A 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.”

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