By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 29th Anniversary):- Cosmos looking more like the team they were in their heyday in the early 80’s and 90’s produced a good all-round performance last Sunday against Mid Island at Floyd Bennett field, Brooklyn to register their fourth consecutive wins in the Metropolitan Cricket League 2012 Round Robin competition.
Call him the comeback kid, Leonard Achaibar walked to the wicket with Haraldo Marshall (3) and Faisal Taj (19) back in their seats and Cosmos on 44 for 2. Anjel Acharya then nicked one to the keeper, and when Sohan Dass flicked to square that leg left Cosmos on 64 for 4 and the match in a balance. Achaibar, after a five year hiatus, then waited for Ricky Kissoon to offer some support to the middle order as the Mid Island total of 134 runs suddenly looked like an uphill task.
Earlier, it was a penetrating bowling attack from Sham Ali and Dass who combined for a thrifty 12 overs that conceded just 30 runs. When Sham went through the gates of left-hander R. Hussain and Dass scalped danger man, former Jamaica national player Clem Thompson, brilliantly taken low down at forward square leg by young Mohammad Hossain Mid Island had stuttered briefly at 10 for 2, but recovered with a good 63-runs partnership between I. Grizzle (37) and R. Gittens (31) by the 25th over.
However, it was left arm orthodox R. Kissoon and right arm leg spin Taj who combined for a miserly spell of 14 overs that went for just 26 runs kept the opposition batsmen searching for the gaps in the field but found only a few. M. Kissoon and Acharya offered good support in their spell as the mid island tail wobbled by the end of their 40 overs.
Cosmos reply was shouldered by a dogged effort from Achaibar in this low scoring match as Achaibar dug deep into his repertoire, and delivered a match winning inning with two crucial partnerships. A 20-run with Dass and then a solid 40-run with R. Kissoon (15) put Cosmos on course for victory before Kissoon was run out with the score on 104 in the 28th over. Achaibar then went for stylish 38 runs with the score on 114 for 6.
Cosmos reliable lower order would ensure that there were no more hiccups, with Mohammad Hossain and Atiq Baksh already padded up and prepared for the battle if needed.
However, their determined looking expressions were reserved for another day as H. Narine ensured that cosmos reached 136 for 7 and sealed a hard fought victory.
Cosmos will play Pioneer next Sunday at Gateway Park.