By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 28 Anniversary) Cosmos has secured themselves on top of the points table in the Western Conference of the Metropolitan Cricket League Roy Sweeney Challenge Cup as they prepare to do battle with River Valley in the semi final at Floyd Bennett Field on Sunday.
After the last round of games were interrupted by rain, Cosmos maintained their standing at the top of the table while River Valley created the upset when they gained a vital a point from cosmos and managed to edge out both Villagers and Mid Island, who were looking for a win against each other for the second place when rain had the final word. It was a much deserved place for River Valley who had displaced Pioneer in the first round and then pushed Villagers against the wall when rain ended that match.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference the games also ended by the rain day and shared points. Westbury was looking for a vital win against Progressive that would have left the points table on three way tie with Spice Island making a come from behind. The show continues with Progressive on top in their conference and Spice Island in second place, however, a win for Westbury in a forced playoffs between Lucas and Westbury on Saturday could push Spice Island out of second place on a net run rate basis.
It will be a most interesting wait for these Challenge Cup playoffs in another season that has been dealt a substandard hand and a competition that has been marred from every angle over the years. Cosmos will be prepared for the challenge in the this semi with vice captain Cosmos ace paceman Kevin Darlington back from his duties with the United States national team will partnered the young Damien Reid while Dennis Evans lead the batting with captain Dixeth Palmer in striking form. In Division 2, the final between Lions and Staten will be replayed on Sunday at Canarsie Park starting at 12pm.