By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 29th Anniversary):- Cosmos, after their disastrous display in the 2010 round robin semi final against Westbury, they were made to work hard on this occasion again, under heavy overcast conditions and against a balanced attack after they were inserted them to bat on a damp pitch. The conditions presented a test for the batsmen, however Cosmos youths on this day Cosmos lacked the experience compounded by some ordinary decisions at the crease which left the team struggling throughout their inning.
Cosmos was pushed onto the back foot very early when Marlon Persaud (0), in the first over went via lbw, playing down the wrong line to paceman Jermaine Lawson. Regis Burton (13) after looking comfortable at the crease had put together a 33-run partnership with Morris Powell, before rushed down the wicket only to holed out at short mid-wicket, Rasheem then ran himself out going for a second run while Powell (12) after weathered the opening attack, played an extravagant pull that landed in mid pitch safely, in a fielder’s hand. Ryan Persaud (11), Ricky Kissoon (27) and Lincoln Deonarine (13) added some stability to the cosmos lower order by which time the runs had dried up through maidens as the overs slipped away. Cosmos inning closed on 123 for 9 off 40 overs with J. Lawson taking 3 wickets.
Westbury, in reply, got off to an aggressive start before Kissoon affected the break through. at 60 for 3, cosmos sensing fight back then threw any opportunity of exposing the opposition’s middle and turning a small total into a contest when they spilled when regulation chances off both batsmen went begging; Salmon to a badly misjudged lofted catch by Marlon Persaud at deep mid-wicket and Thomas skier landed on the wicket with three fielders, James, Marshal and Burton converging on the ball but never got a touch of it..
Both batsmen then capitalized on the opportunity as they stroll home comfortably to a seven wicket victory in the 25th over. The left-handed medium pacer Yogindra Dass was impressive for Cosmos in his spell with 2 for 33, and Kissoon 1 for 27. With both teams having lost one game apiece, Cosmos will have to gear up for the challenges ahead as the season heats up in order to remain in contention for a playoffs spot.
Cosmos will play Liberty at Floyd Bennett on Sunday.