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Cosmos In MCL Challenge Cup Final

(CCC) - It will be Cosmos defending the MCL Challenge Cup in the final after a blistering partnership between Vinord Woolcock and Dennison Thomas in the last overs of Cosmos’s inning. A batting display which practically left an exhausted Villagers team staggering, and then hostile spells from Martin Nurse and Lyndon St.Louis shattered all their the hopes of a chance to the final when the two teams met last Sunday at Floyd Bennett “test” Field.

Cosmos maintained their dominance over this opposition for the last ten years and felt very confident going into this match. Villagers won the toss and send Cosmos in to bat – another shocking decision by this opponent that proved unsuccessful once again.

After loosing the first wicket for 20, Dennis Evans and Orlando Baker then featured in an important 76 runs partnership taking the score to 96 for 1 in the 18th over, before Baker (37) was carelessly run out going for a second run. Evans (40) and Nurse (16) then holed out on the mid wicket boundary to two rather careless shot selection.

Cosmos were suddenly in a testy position at 134 for 5 and Villagers perhaps fancy their chances now, that they have bowled themselves into a good position due mainly to a good opening spell from George Adams and some help from the cosmos batsmen.

Thomas and Woolcock had other plans, despite the cosmos uncouth policy in this match, this pair relished the rear opportunity to be at the crease, erecting a wall that later proved to be towering for this villagers team. It was a brilliant display of aggressive running between the wickets and controlled stroke-play. Woolcock (51) drove and pull with utter grace while Dennison (26n.o.) cut and tuck with precision in a partnership that yield 80 runs in 8 overs and thus securing Cosmos inning on a commanding 217 for 6 off 35 overs.

When Lyndon St.Louis uprooted the leg stump of former West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Junior Murray (4) with his second ball of the match, and then removed A. Dodson (10) with ease, the next man in, former Jamaica opening batsman Ordelmo Peters made more contact with his pads than his bat. He played and missed with regularity as Sham Ali unsuccessfully pierced his defense in a mean spell of out-swingers. Woolcock later took Peters (23) out of his misery and then induced G. Allen (18) to heave to midwicket where Dennison, perhaps took the catch of the season, running in and diving forward to cup a spectacular catch. At 80 for 4 off 19 overs, Cosmos bowlers, notably D. Mohamed and V. Woolcock had reduced the Villagers batting to running a marathon, up hill, in crutches. Martin Nurse’s pace proved to be a fatal dose, (3 for 18 off 6 overs), for M. Kingston (24), C. Alexander (20), and G. Adams (4) in quick succession, and then floured Kirk Higgins flat on his bottom, evading a vicious bouncer.

Mark Baker attempted a counter fight like a brave lion; however, he could not prevent his adopted Villagers from limping to 174 for 8 off 35 overs and finally surrendered. However, he must be satisfied that villagers is still one of the premier teams’ in the MCL, managed by the lovely and charismatic Venelda Wallace, and competently lead by Melroy Kingston, played to their best, fighting to the end, in another successful season.

This victory has placed Cosmos into the Challenge Cup final once again, having already won the MCL Premier round robin cup. They have become the only team in the history of the MCL to reach both finals in consecutive years.

While Dennison has displayed more grace to his players when leading Cosmos, he will have the opportunity to display that quality once again. It will be a good contest between these two friends - Cosmos and Progressive - in the final next Sunday at Floyd Bennett.

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