NY Mayor's Cup
The current United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) national representative slammed the second ton of the season by a Cosmos player, following up on captain Dixieth Palmer's ton early on, inclusive of 11 fours. Evans who had been having a somewhat subpar season by his standards after being the victim of several spectacular dismissals in prior matches showed that he is a player capable of adjusting his style to fit the situation. He batted with unyielding authority taking advantage of loose deliveries on a tepid batting surface after Spice Island had compiled a relatively challenging 179 off 35 overs. Before Evans’ exploits it was Marlon Henry who set the stage for Spice Island, crafting his own magic with a masterful ton (114), which included 4 massive sixes and 9 fours to various parts of the ground. Henry arrived at the wicket with Spice Island teetering with 2 wickets down and no run on the board, which eventually deteriorated to 31 for 5, before commencing his stunning assault. Henry displayed character and aplomb as he single-handedly resurrected Spice Island’s innings with a superb display of defense mixed with tempered aggression as he hammered his way out of total surrender, sending hapless deliveries out of the ground and all around Marine Park. Evans, one of the victims of Henry’s earlier assault, responded in kind in his turn at the wicket unleashing a series of lofted drives off Spice Island’s opening attack as a precursor to clinically exploiting the increasingly defensive field placements.
Evans received excellent support from the Cosmos middle order batsmen being the anchor-man in constructing four important partnerships of 40, 34, 54, and 33 with Keddy Lesporis, Melroy Kingston, Donald Bennett, and Clive Samuels respectively after opening batsman Shafeek Shah was undone literally before the scorer could uncap his pen. Amazingly, with Cosmos requiring 38 runs for victory off the remaining 11 overs and Evans needing 30 runs to attain his ton, Evans shifted into overdrive scoring 30 out of the required allotment as he easily pushed past the 3-figure landmark. His vast array of strokes pierced the point, square leg, mid wicket and extra cover boundaries as he blazed his way to a well deserved 101 not out.
After winning the toss and inserting Spice Island to bat, the decision by Cosmos appeared to have been a fruitful one as the opening pair of Sham Ali and George Adams, ably supported Kevin Darlington, reaped early rewards combining to reduce the opposition’s top order. Were it not for the exploits of the former Grenada national player Henry, who essentially played a lone hand in his team's recovery, it might have been a walk in the park for the defending champions. It would have required a massive effort from Spice Island to be able to restrict a determined Cosmos, which secured a comfortable victory in the 29th over by a six-wicket margin.
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, Aug. 8, 2009 at Floyd Bennett Field. All are invited.
Cosmos plays Villagers next Sunday at Gateway.
Summary Score June 28, 2009
VS SPICE ISLAND
of Spice Island: 35 overs
of Cosmos: 29.3 overs
for Spice Island
COSMOS WON BY 6 WICKETS
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