By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 29th Anniversary):-Rasheem James produced an inspiring spell of fast bowling against Mid Island last Sunday at Floyd Bennett field. After he was fortuitously handed the new ball for the first time this season the burly six footer James, answered the opportunity with a fiery spell. Under the blazing sun as he bagged 3 for 19 off 8 overs to rattle the Mid Island top order, and subsequently engraved his name on the list of Cosmos arsenal of bowlers.
Cosmos needed a moment to lift their spirits under the sweltering heat in this the second match of a double header weekend and a probing spell from Sham Ali that tantalized the openers outside edge was just not enough. Cosmos needed a bit more to challenge this Mid Island team and James delivered just that with his first ball; a quick, sharp rising bouncer that clipped R. Husain’s fending glove and flew to first slip only to find the extended Dehan Siddique leaped back to his right and plucked a blinder out of thin air.
Cosmos needed that badly and they ceased the momentum to pounce on the opposition as this bunch of small boys, or so they say, delivered goods like men. James then cart wheeled Ian Grizzle mid stump in his next over and later removed Eswart Thomas who was cramped for room from a bouncer skied a pull to Kissoon at mid-on. James completed the spell of the season so far with 3 for 19 off 8 overs that gave Cosmos the opening into the opposition’s middle order.
However, Cosmos work was not done. Ricky Kissoon could not find more ways to spin the passed the batsman’s outside edge with a clinical spell of left arm orthodox spin of 8 overs that yielded only 18 runs. He and Maurice Powell controlled one end while Lalta Persaud affected the Mid Island slide when bowled Clem Thompson with the first ball his spell. Cosmos was relentless in the field in much the same way as they did against Spice Island on Saturday. When Adrian Ali, Marshal and Powell produced three run outs to knock out the opposition’s middle order, Persaud then knocked over the tail to complete his spell with 3 for 25 to leave Mid Island wondering on 130 all out.
In reply, Cosmos got off to a good start with a solid 46-runs opening partnership in 10 overs between Faisal Taj (27) and Powell before Powell (7) nicked to the wicket keeper. With the score on 59 for 1, Cosmos almost shocked themselves out of their playoffs hopes with a dramatic middle order collapsed that saw another 6 wickets fell for 39 runs. Lincoln Deonarine gave cosmos some renewed hope before he departed. James to the rescue again as he and the unperturbed Haraldo Marshal then batted solidly through a tense patch to steady their team’s inning. They chipped away at the opposition’s total with a vital 22-runs 8th wicket partnership to take the score to 120 in the 29th over. When the left handed James (5) extended across his off stump was adjudged lbw by what can be considered as an uninspiring bit of umpiring, it was the second troubling decision of the day; the first when Mid Island uncharacteristically claimed three over for “late start”. Cosmos was not discouraged and stuck to their task ahead of them as Kissoon (11 n.o) and Marshal (11 n.o) knocked off the remaining runs in the 31st over to gain full points and kept cosmos playoffs hope alive.
Cosmos was not even expected to show in this 2011 season standings but keep coming back and suddenly finds themselves in a very good position to push for a spot in the playoffs. This win for Cosmos has thrown the points table into madness and a scenario frenzy with only Progressive certain of a spot in the playoffs while the faith of the five other teams below Progressive will be decided by their individual performance. If anything is clear, it is that Cosmos is ready for the battle and given the team effort so far complemented by the individual performances from Taj, James, Dass and Marshall, with a few others waiting to blast off cosmos will a tough customers at the show for the playoffs fever.