Metropolitan Cricket League T20 Semi Final
By Sham Ali

(Celebrating 29th Anniversary):- Cosmos fizzled away under pressure and were soundly beaten by Progressive last Sunday in the MCLT20 Semi Final at Floyd Bennett Field in a match that turned out to be a one-sided affair between these two arch rivals. It is the second time this season that Progressive handed cosmos a defeat in a semi final match up; the first in the Round Robin competition and now in the T20, which after Cosmos had blown away Progressive by nine wickets in the preliminary round of the Round Ribbon competition.

John Sylvester hit 31 off 20 balls. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

After winning the toss and inserted Progressive to bat, Cosmos bowlers had much difficulty bowling to their plan. They were either too short or too full or too wide against a good batting line-up and paid the price. Progressive top order took full advantage of the opportunities that were handed to them and in the process blasted 14 boundaries that really dented Cosmos’ effort. When Progressive inning ended on a good total of 147 for 9, Captain Kevil George had contributed an aggressive 37 runs off 18 balls and John Sylvester 31 off 20 balls.

Cosmos needed a few big innings from their front line batsmen if they were to challenge for a spot in the finals. It was not to be in this T20 encounter, Progressive had done their homework and responded with a plan. Cosmos opening batsmen were looking for a bit of width but couldn’t find any from pacemen M. Miller and M. Alexis and the pressure increased with every dot ball. Wickets fell at regular intervals and the writing on the wall was ‘Good night Irene’ as cosmos managed to get 101 for 7. Only Cassius Burton with 22 of 12 balls and Haraldo Marshall with 26 off 16 balls offered some resistance against a penetrating opposition bowling attack. It was an effort worthy of praise from this young cosmos team and any of the top four teams. However, the attempt to adversely pencil and reference this young Cosmos team’s effort in this semi final with an element of disdain is undignified by any measure and is without class as it serves only to pollute the standard of cricket.

The top ranking four teams in the MCL have all earned their stripes in 2012 for playing some excellent cricket, while the teams that are just below have made a strong challenge throughout the season but were narrowly edged out of a playoffs spot. Now that the season has come to a close the services of the umpires are appreciated. Notably, umpire SM Baksh who has brought a level of professionalism to his duties. The good nature maturity in his exchanges with senior and young cricketers alike adds a new dimension to his duties and Cosmos youths will be better served by umpires of his caliber.

As cosmos exited this T20 semi and ended their 2012 season, they left the field as a team that has accomplished much during the season.  For a young Cosmos team to have earned a spot in the semi finals of the three competitions in the MCL is success by any measure and much to be cheered.