Metropolitan Cricket League
By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 30th Anniversary):-After coming close for a few years Mid Island finally had their day under the sun, and they produced the type of performance that allowed them to inflict a convincing 53-runs victory over Cosmos last Sunday at Floyd Bennett Field. It was an important win for Mid Island after their participation in the Metropolitan League 2013 was highly in doubt. They regrouped and now looked like a more balanced team.

Faisal Taj effort of 77 was not enough for Mid Island. Photo by Sham Ali.

Andre Lindsay  featured in A solid 73-runs opening partnership with Rohan Burrell that gave mid Island the start they needed before Burrell was caught at short cover for 31. However, Lindsay capitalized on an early chance at slip in the second over and two other before he got to 50, a tough lesson for Cosmos and they paid the price. Lindsay played himself in and proceeded to anchor the Mid Island inning with a patient century that included 1 four and 4 sixes.

Lindsay finally holed out on the deep mid-on boundary in the 35th over by which time he had delivered a telling blow to Cosmos and positioned his team over the 200-run mark. The veteran captain Clem Thompson still sporting his ‘youthful stripes’ struck an aggressive of 53 runs to close his team’s inning on an imposing 227 for 5 off their allotted 40 overs. Sajib Salam produced another controlled spell before he went for 21 runs in his last 2 overs to finished with 2 for 47, while H. Sheriff, R. Kissoon and S. Dass picked up one wicket a piece.

Cosmos in reply got off to a shaky start when Riaz Ahsan took for a headless single off the first ball and was left stranded to a nonresponsive Faisal Taj. It was not the kind of start that Cosmos wanted, instead Cosmos needed a big inning and Taj looked like the man for it. He and Cyril Choy looked quite comfortable as they began to build the inning taking the score to 35 by the 6th over. Fortunes then changed when Choy watched one go by and was adjudged caught behind. The disappointment was evident, but then lightening struck twice when Ganesh Ramsingh outstretched front foot across  the off stump and was given out lbw, he was livid saying something to the gods. That decision was a pause for posterity and it virtually sapped some fight out of the match.

Sohan Dass stuck around for a while before he was caught when he tapped a juicy full toss to deep mid-wicket. Rasheem James run of poor form continued when in the next ball he was stumped off of a wide down the leg side and Cosmos inning had lost some spine as they slumped to 59 for 5 by the 15th over. But the danger-man Taj was still there looking for someone to stick around with him. Salam seemed to be growing in strength with every match as he and Taj began to chip away at the opposition target in a partnership that was full of purpose and character. Taj then took 20 runs off the 24th over and it was the perhaps the only occasion that Cosmos had presented a challenge to the opposition in this match as they recovered to 137 runs by the 25th over.

But the tables would turn again when a solid 78-runs partnership off just 10 overs ended in the 25th over when Salam (33) ambled carelessly for a single and was run out off a direct hit. Ricky Kissoon slipped on the turn for a second run and was run out.  Sham Ali then got a juicy full toss first ball and punched it into the hands if the man at short mid-wicket, 147 for 8. Taj, the lone soldier, was still fighting but was running out of partners and soon his patience too. He finally went for a composed 77 runs. Achaibar and Sheriff added some respectability to the Cosmos total of 174 all out in the 33rd over, but it was Mid Island team that stuck to their and play and earned a well deserved victory.

Cosmos will play Spice Island next Sunday at Marine Park.