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August 15th, 2008
(Celebrating 26 Anniversary)- Martin Nurse creamed another unbeaten half century in the last match of the MCL Challenge Cup, as Cosmos raced to a convincing nine wicket victory against River Valley last Sunday at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn.

Dennis Evans (Photo by Shiek Mohamed)

River Valley batsmen applied themselves on a good batting wicket after winning the toss and elected to bat, they posted a fighting total of 215 for 3 off their allotted 35 overs. Dennis Evans stoked an excellent 87 runs while L. Garrick made 53. After a steady drizzle delayed the start of Cosmos’s inning, It was under heavily cloudy skies and threatening thundershowers that opening batsman Nurse shifted gears every over, With the target reduced to 125 runs in 20 overs, Nurse’s 58 runs, 31 balls cameo over shadowed that of his opening partner Timothy Surujballi who stroked a mature 51 runs. The pair posted 114 runs in only twelve overs before Timothy was caught on the square-leg boundary. Cosmos sealed victory in the 14th overs.

It was a convincing victory for Cosmos in this their last game of the Challenge Cup competition, however, it left Cosmos one point short of a spot in the playoff due mainly to a rained out first match. It was quite hilarious to watch teams engage in all sorts of uncultured scheming to gain points on that rainy day where all games in the league were abandoned and since Cosmos chose not to do any twisting on that day to gain two points, they were the ones to fall short. While the challenge cup will be contested on a matter of default and deceit, it is fitting that the actors are deserving of each other, and a competition that was designed to be colorful and fun-filled, unfortunately, it turned out to be anything but. Cosmos will never dance to the beat of such drums or contribute to it, let it rain or reign, and the game left in the ruin.

Cosmos maintained their values of sportsmanship and class as a team and will be gracious enough to stand above and clear of such company. While all teams should aspire to be victorious, however, getting to the top must be done in a dignified way, only then there can be respect for the game and meaning to winning.

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