Metropolitan Cricket League
By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 30th Anniversary):-In the penultimate round of the Metropolitan Cricket League Round Robin competition the stakes were high where one or two points separated five teams who are fighting for two open spots in the semi finals. Some teams were hoping that it rained on their rivals’ venue a hot sunny day just to get an edge. It is the competitive spirit of the diehard cricketer. And Cosmos are in the thick of things coming from behind. They must win against Suburbia at Floyd Bennett Field to stay in the mix after their grueling tie match against Progressive two weeks ago.

Sajid Salam help restrict Suburbia to 154, taking 4 for 19. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

It was Sajib Salam who drew the strings on Suburbia’s inning in his second spell and kept Cosmos chances with grasp. With the score on 130 for 4, Suburbia had positioned themselves in getting to the 200 mark with an attack in the closing overs and the power-play in effect. But a tactical change saw Salam put a halt to the charge with a controlled spell when he picked up C. Oliver (37) caught by M. Kissoon at mid-on and then rattled the stumps on three occasions. Looking for a fifer in this match it was the former Jamaica opening batsman Ordelmo Peters who stood firm against the youngster as he completed his spell with 4 for 19, when Suburbia inning closed on 154 for 9 off 35 overs. Sham Ali got 2 for 23, and R. Kissoon 1 for 30.

Faisal Taj and Keddy Lesporis were well aware of the stakes in this match and delivered the knockout punch for Cosmos with a solid 122-runs 2nd wicket partnership. They came together with the score on 14 after S. Dindyal was run out in a terrible mixed-up with Taj. But Taj is a cool customer, he did not let the run out disrupted his concentration as he and Lesporis, mindful of the importance of this match, held their nerves and began to rebuild the Cosmos inning against a good bowling attack. They were watchful against the left-arm seamer, R. Williams, with mixed aggression and some good running between the wickets. When Taj fell for a solid 74 runs, in the 20th over with the score on 139, Cosmos was well within sight of their target of 154 runs.

Lesporis looked much like the national player he is as he stroked a solid half century when he struck the winning blow to reach 52 not out as he and Cassius Burton (7 no) took their team to 156 for 2 in 22.4  overs and Cosmos completed a comfortable 8-wicket victory.  That victory edged Cosmos into 4th place and set for an all important last round.

Cosmos will play Lions at Floyd Bennett Field on Sunday.