By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 29th Anniversary):-Cosmos cruise to a comfortable 9-wicket victory over Spice Island at Riis Field last Saturday in a match reduced to 30 overs. Faisal Taj and Haraldo Marshal then produced two disciplined performances under very testing conditions in the first of Cosmos weekend double-header.
After Spice won the toss and elected to bat their openers struggled against Sham Ali and Yogindra Dass opening spell that yielded only 18 runs off 8 overs. At the change, Marshal got the important breakthrough when he picked up Spice Island captain David Williams to an excellent catch on the deep mid-on boundary to break the spice Island opening stand. The right arm off spinner extracted some turn off the pitch to which the spice Island top order batsmen had few answers. He proceeded to bag another three wickets to complete his spell of 4 for 21, leaving the opposition in much trouble at 65 for 5 in the 20th over. Ricky Kissoon and Maurice Powell tuned in with two tidy spell that was backup by some brilliant fielding. Cosmos fielding has been the highlight of the season and it resulted in next three batsmen being dismissed via run outs. Spice Island was eventually bundled out for a paltry 88 runs all out in 27.2 overs.
Cosmos, in their reply, took the attack to the Spice Island bowlers and it appeared that Taj was in some hurry to get out of the sweltering heat as he walked to the crease to open the Cosmos inning. He struck with three blazing boundaries to start the score ticking off Willy Charles, as he announced his intentions very clearly. Cosmos raced to 44 runs in only six overs before Powell (14) nicked to the wicketkeeper. Taj remained unruffled with the loss of a wicket as he proceeded to spiced up the opposition bowling attack with some lusty blows to raced passed his half century, while his partner Adrian Ali, lend good support at the other end picking up the important singles. Taj then finished off the opposition with a huge six over the mid wicket boundary and Cosmos enjoyed the one-off occasion feeling like a ‘big’ team today as they sealed an important victory in 11.2 overs with Faisal Taj on 60 not out and Adrian Ali on 14 not out.
Cosmos at this stage of the competition has struck quite a few surprises on their oppositions so with some disciplined performances. They will be tested against Mid Island in their next match.