By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 30th Anniversary):- A shocking batting display from Cosmos against Spice Island at Marine Park last Sunday left them bewildered and steering into open space after being bundled out for just 66 runs. The disappointment was evident in what has to be one of the worst batting performances in a decade by an otherwise competitive cosmos team.
Cosmos kept Spice Island under pressure after they won the toss and elected to bat and were penalized 10 overs for late start. A good opening spell Sham Ali and Sohan Dass sent back D. Williams and L. McLeish by the 4th over. At the change Ricky Kissoon then trapped dangerman Gregory Anthony to leave the opposition on 54 for 3 in the 14th over. Opening batsman L. Shelton settled in after he was let off by R. Levy on the mid-wicket boundary off Kissoon, and Ali put down a sitter from R. Murray at short mid-on before he had scored off Sajib Salam.
The pair took the score to 94 before Faisal Taj sliced the partnership by removing both batsmen. He had Shelton who tested Levy again on the mid wicket boundary but did not have the same luck, Dass then held on to a sharp catch from Murray at short mid-on. Taj then picked up Lynch and Clarke as Spice Island reached 136 for 9 off their allotted 30 overs with Taj getting 4 for 17 in his spell.
Cosmos must have weighed their chances of getting 136 runs as very good, but Spice Island was not prepared to submit that easily. Complacency has proved, time and again, to be a cruel lesson and for Cosmos on this occasion they paid the price. Taj missed a risky heave to mid wicket, Iqbal Aown drove to cover, Cyril Choy played back to a good length ball, and Dass uncertain prod outside off stump made for a disappointed read of the scorecard as Cosmos batting slumped to 35 for 4 in the 11th over. Salam holed out on the mid-off boundary and Rasheem James drought continued when he nicked to the wicket-keeper. It was an appalling lack if application from Cosmos batsman at 51 for 6 on a flat tract that left the team in deep trouble against the gentle medium pace attack from spice Island.
Cosmos needed a partnership to dig themselves out of a deep hole. Opening batsman Ganesh Ramsingh was still there and batting quite comfortable. He and Ali started to repair the inning but then they got themselves in a terrible mixed-up and Ramsingh went via run out. R. Levy and R. Kissoon did not hang around too long and it was left to Ali and M. Kissoon to try regaining some measure of respectability, but it was not to be.
Cosmos batted skittishly as if the sooner the required 136 runs were scored the better and with that approach their inning was over in a flash. K. Mathews took 4 for 11 of his 8 overs and D. Williams 3 for 5 of 3 overs. Spice Island could not believe what they had just done when they remarked ‘ something was wrong with you boys today. ‘It wasn’t, cricket is just a great leveler and victory is guaranteed to none, but to return and compete on another day.