By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 29th Anniversary):- Cosmos stroll to a comfortable 7-wicket victory over Mid Island last Sunday at Floyd Bennett field in the MCL Twenty/20 Knock Out competition to secure a spot in the semi finals against Progressive next Sunday.
Mid Island won the toss and elected to bat got off to a good start with an opening partnership of 48 off 8 overs. Faizal Taj then got the important breakthrough when he uprooted the mid stump of Dominic Hinds (7) and in his next over he removed R. Gittens (7) to complete his spell with 2 for 22. Ricky Kissoon then scalped Ian Grizzle(26) when Sham Ali held on to a “sharp” chance at short Mid Wicket and Haraldo Marshal hugged a well judged skier at cover point to remove danger man Clem Thompson( in the same over. Cosmos stuck to their plan and clutch the opportunity to tighten the screws on the opposition as their bowlers held a tidy line back up by some excellent fielding. Kissoon return with figures of 2 for 8 and Nazeer 1 for 19. Marshall ended the opposition innings when he had C. White (21) well taken by Powell at mid on, Siddique affected a final stump out to give Marshal figures of 2 for 11. Mid Island was eventually bundled out for 90 runs in the 17th over.
Cosmos reply was quite measured with opening batsman Powell anchoring one end. Taj (7) held out at deep mid wicket while Dehan Siddique stroked a brief 22 runs. With Cosmos on 40 for 2, Powell and Nazeer then featured in an important 3rd wicket partnership worth 30 runs mixed with some excellent running between the wickets. They edged Cosmos closer victory before Powell (21) went via LBW with the score on 70 for 3 in the 11th over. The next man in was Rasheem James (13 no) and he wasted no time over deep mid wicket boundary as he and Nazeer (21 no) sealed victory, 91 for 3, in 12.3 overs.
It was a well deserved victory for Cosmos, one that weighs heavily on the effort of a team that seem to have beaten the odds time and again, especially after their unmerited elimination from the Round Robin and Challenge cup semi finals earlier in the season. Cosmos kept their confidence high and turned in a good team effort to secure a spot in this semi. ‘Cosmos cricket manager Nathan Henderson said after the match, “I really love the way the youths perform throughout the season and in this match. They kept building on their experience and competing at a higher standard. To compete in this semi final will only boost their confidence, I will love to see them move on to the final“
Cosmos Will Play Progressive In The Semi Final Next Sunday @ Floyd Bennett @ 10am.