Palmer’s Ton Pulverizes Defending Champions Westbury
It was practically a single-handed cameo from Dixieth Palmer, which gave credence to some of cricket's notables that any cricketer worthy of his salt and his title must rise to the fore on the big occasions and that is just what was served up by the former Jamaica national team representative. Palmer strolled to the wicket with Cosmos on 52 for 2 after Martin Nurse (24) and Vinord Woolcock (31) put on 48 runs for the first wicket. Palmer, proving once again that he is a cut above the rest and one of the best cricketers to have graced the cricket arena in the United States, proceeded to pulverize the defending champion's bowling attack with 3 massive sixes and 11 fours on his way to powerful 138 runs not out off 114 deliveries. He executed flawless cut shots and pulled with unrelenting power converting the eighty-five yards boundary into an apparent caricature.
A fourth wicket
partnership of 66 run with Woolcock and then a 50 run sixth wicket
partnership with Orville Williams set Cosmos on course to avenge last
season’s defeat at the hands of Westbury in the knock out Challenge
Cup – a bitter defeat which left Cosmos particularly unfulfilled
after failing to convert a single run needed to overhaul Westbury
on the final delivery of the match. Palmer unleashed a particularly
punishing batting display on the Westbury's captain McLeish who had
reverted to some unsportsmanlike comments, contributing the bulk of
the 63 runs McLeish conceded off his 8 overs. Palmer’s magnificent
knock displayed class and resolve as his professional demeanor exhibited
discipline and concentration under the heat and humidity at Floyd
Cosmos were not done, in defense of their total; Sham Ali struck with the second ball of Westbury’s innings when he removed Donald Bennett brilliantly caught by Williams, on the second attempt, at cover point. With the ball swinging a bit, Ali ran through the oppositions top order, in his next over, a leading edge went a begging at point. Ali then got one to nip back and knocked out the next batsman’s mid stump after a few desperate swipes. Sham frustrated Kevin Baugh who fished at a few before he played an adventurous sweep only to be trapped plumb.
Former Guyana national representative, Kevin Darlington, was quite military from the Concorde end with speed as such joined the fray removing Barrington Bartley before he could tap his bat twice, comprehensively bowled -- his mid stump cart-wheeled out of the ground. The next man in, Devon Campbell, never appeared too comfortable against Darlington’s pace, slashing at a few deliveries after the ball was already in the wicket-keeper's glove prior to also having his middle stump uprooted by Darlington. Darlington was on fire and Cosmos was going for the jugular after the devastating opening spell from Sham Ali, 3 for 31, and Kevin Darlington, 2 for 34. With the score on 54 for 5, chasing Cosmos' 265-run target, Westbury was comprehensively outclassed, reduced to running a marathon uphill, with crutches, on one leg
Palmer, the principal architect of Westbury's destruction, initiated a bowling change that was even more potent on the fledgling tailenders; it required just another six overs to put an end to Westbury's misery. Nurse, 2 for 16, with his second ball bowled Paul Salmon “neck and crop”, while Camilus Alexander’s, 3 for 9, right-arm leg spin tied the feet of the tail. It was a spineless performance by the defending champs as they were bundled out in the 18th over for a paltry 91 runs all out, handing Cosmos the highest margin of victory ever recorded in an MCL semi final, by a whopping 174 runs.
Cosmos coach Ashmul Ali, in his familiar Cosmos team apparel pacing the boundary line for the entire match alongside Manager Shadi Khan and U S Cricket Umpires Association founder Lloyd Scott, remarked after the match that, “the disciplined performance of our team with both bat and ball proved that we executed our plan to the fullest. It was a comprehensive and resounding performance by our guys.”
Cosmos will face Progressive, which defeated River Valley, in the MCL Premier RR Final on Sept. 7, at Floyd Bennett Field.
265 FOR 6 OFF 40 OVERS
91 ALL OUT
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