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Smashing Cosmos Sails Past Mid-Island

By S. Ali

August 25th, 2009
(Celebrating 28th Anniversary)
- Cosmos inflicted a crushing defeat on Mid-Island last Sunday, August 16, at Floyd Bennett field in the opening round of the Metropolitan Cricket League’s (MCL) Challenge Cup. The Cosmos victory came just one week after successfully defending their regular season MCL title and convincingly asserting themselves as champions of the 2009 MCL round-robin competition.

Cosmos pacer George Adams with his proud mom.

Cosmos quickly put their championship celebration behind them, allowing only their adrenaline to flow over into this encounter as they sprung into action. Promising NYR U-19 representative Marlon Persaud strolled to the wicket to open the batting for Cosmos after winning the toss and electing to take first strike. This day though Persaud would return to the pavilion very disappointed after being run out without scoring from a relayed throw going for a third run off a free-hit. Persaud’s dismissal would set the stage for former West Indies and Guyana national player, Keith Semple. Semple struck a belligerent 62 ball century, 102 not out which included 8 fours and 2 sixes, but not before Dennis “Crow” Evans (55) and Keddy Lesporis (53) put on 91 runs for the third wicket. At 165 for 4, Semple and Melroy Kingston (35) combined for nine overs in a blistering 87-run partnership under the hottest day (95 degrees) of the summer so far, before Cosmos closed their innings on a massive 288 for 7 off 35 overs.

While Cosmos’ brilliance in the field has been one of the hallmarks of their stellar season, it was another day of total application with bat, ball and flawless execution in the field that saw the champions once again overpower a seemingly overmatched opponent. Interim captain Kevin Darlington, leading Cosmos in the absence of customary skipper Dixieth Palmer, made full use of a hard pitch in a fiery spell to return figures of 4 for 22, while the reliable George Adams, 2 for 15, continued to gain rewards for his speed and accuracy. Adams is undoubtedly in that elite group of the best fast bowlers in the U.S. Mid-Island, one of the leading clubs in the MCL over the years, continued their season-long struggle as their batsmen had very little answers for a penetrating Cosmos attack. Only veteran and captain, former Jamaica national player Clem Thompson (34), offered any resistance before being run out from a straight drive at the non-striker's end by a smart deflection by another promising young star, all-rounder Robin Das. E “Cobler” Thomas got 15, before Mid-Island were eventually dismissed for a paltry 87 runs.

Cosmos won by a mammoth 201 runs.

Cosmos will play Suburbia at Floyd Bennett Field on Sunday, August 23.

In celebration of the Club's 28th anniversary, Cosmos has dedicated the 2009 season as its inaugural benefit year for a prominent contributor to its illustrious past. This year's honoree will be team manager Shadi Khan. The inaugural celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 12, 2009 @ 11am at Floyd Bennett Field. All are invited.

Carl Bennett also contributed to this article.

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