By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 29th Anniversary):- When Haraldo Marshall had his debut for Cosmos senior team rudely interrupted two weeks ago at Floyd Bennett Field in one of cricket’s shallowest occurrence by the ghosts of FBCC; he was a very disappointed young man. However, he returned two weeks later and played, what will surely be one of his most memorable innings as a young player for Cosmos in the Metropolitan Cricket League. Marshall held his nerves in two crucial partnerships, after Cosmos had stumbled to 60 for 5, and subsequently led his team to a hard fought victory against Suburbia.
Cosmos looked rather apprehensive after Suburbia had won the toss and decided to bat raced to 96 for 1 in the 20th over and well poised for a big total. However, Ricky Kissoon then affected the important breakthrough when Regis Burton ran in and then peddled back to take a well judged catch on the mid on boundary to dismissed danger-man E. Suchoo (59), the crucial opening was made for Cosmos to fight themselves back into the match and thus ceased the opportunity. they pounced on the opposition with their spin combinations and ultimately spun the opposition into submission with Kissoon, left arm orthodox (3 for 22 off 7 overs), and Morris Powell, right arm off spin (3 for 26 off 7 overs) practically blew away Suburbia’s middle, while H. Marshall, right arm off spin, (2 for 26), clipped the opposition’s tail as they slumped from 96 for 1 in the 20th over to 133 all out in the 32nd over.
Cosmos, in reply, was made to work had for their runs as Suburbia made early inroads into the Cosmos top order. A combination of poor shot selection resulted in D. Siddique (6) holed out at mid-off to an ambitious heave, R. Burton (4) then nicked to the wicketkeeper, and F. Taj (10) was bowled playing down the wrong line. With the score on 47 for 3, Cosmos then lost M. Powell to a ball that bounced more than anticipated and then R. James played a headless heave to single out the only man at deep mid off and consequently Cosmos had stumbled to 60 for 5 in the 17th over. S. Ali and Marshall then chipped away to a 33-run partnership before Ali’s outstretched front leg towards extra cover was adjudged lbw. Marshall (31 not out) anchored the inning with a straight bat and a steady head “I was just a bit conservative with my shots because of the situation we were in” he said, while the experienced Lalta Persaud (24 not out) took the attack to the opposition to see Cosmos home with 41-run partnership in the 37th over.
It was another good all-round effort from this Cosmos outfit bounced back and sealed victory amidst the Floyd Bennett fiasco two weeks ago by the ‘so called’ Floyd Bennett cricket Club people. Such demeaning actions to stop a recreational cricket match while in progress by the FBCC PJ has only polluted New York Region cricket even more. Despite such actions last Sunday’s match was a clear example of how Cricket has managed to always rise above the uncouth behavior of men and Cosmos as one of the premier cricket club simply brushed such mess into insignificance.
With Cosmos next match on Sunday at Floyd Bennett Field Cosmos could not have wished for a better coincidence to play against their arched rival, Progressive, a team which Cosmos shared many battles on the cricket in the highest spirit of competitiveness and camaraderie. Progressive will share in an historic chapter of Cosmos’s history, that is, to play in Cosmos’s 900th cricket match since established 29 years ago.