By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 30th Anniversary) Sajid Salam turned in a good all-round performance as he and Sohan Dass took Cosmos to a comfortable 4-wicket victory over River Valley last Sunday at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn.
Salam walked to the wicket at a crucial point in the match to join his senior partner Sohan Dass with Cosmos tottering on 77 for 6. Salam remained calm under the pressure as Dass who watched as his team mates irresponsible display anchored the inning. Dass would then sheppard his younger counterpart Salam who responded in kind as they chipped away at the opposition’s total of 111 runs all out with a 35-runs partnership to seal victory for Cosmos in the 20th over.
That after Cosmos top order had slipped around Dass from 30 without loss to 77 for 6 by the 16th over. Faisal Taj (20) holed out carelessly on the extra cover boundary while Ganesh Ramsingh (15) was too early into a pull and succeeded in handing square-leg a simple catch. Rasheem James walked in at #3 for Aown Iqbal, who was away with the NYR U19 team, but then left in a hurry after he lost his head and his stumps to an ambitious flick. Cyril Choy hardly marked his crease before a good length ball died on him and rooted his mid stump. Dass and Sham Ali began to rebuild the inning, all but briefly before Ali (10) fell to a dubious lbw decision, Ralston Levy (8) then missed another flick and Cosmos stumbled into a tricky position, but the experience Dass (19) held his nerves to see Cosmos home.
River Valley had sported a very competitive team over the last two years, but it appeared that they have been abandoned at a time when they needed help. However, they seem to be a more relax team with D. Powell and Dandy in their whites. They pushed Cosmos on the back foot with the ball, but did not have the same luck with the bat after they had won the toss and elected to bat.
The veteran Pete Plunkett (28) buckled down as his team crumbled around him against a formidable Cosmos bowing attack. He held the River Valley inning together but couldn’t find his feet against Cosmos spin combination before he was eventually outdone by the left arm orthodox Ricky Kissoon’s faster ball. Haseeb Sheriff followed up his last match with another tidy spell of 2 for 20, while Salam was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 24 in his spell.
Cosmos will play Mid Island at Floyd Bennett on Sunday.