Metropolitan Cricket League
By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 31st Anniversary):- Cosmos began their 2014 season opener when they inflected a crushing 7-wicket victory over Pioneer at Gateway last Sunday. It took Cosmos two seasoned veterans Cyril Choy and the former Canada national opening batsman, Ganesh Ramsingh just eleven overs to construct a solid 2nd wicket partnership to take Cosmos within an arms length of their target after they had reduced Pioneer to 163 all out in 37 overs.
Faisal Taj (23) and Ramsingh got Cosmos off to a good start before Taj edged to the wicket-keeper with the on 41 in the 8th over. Choy was the next man in and he began his inning somewhat fortuitously with a healthy edge passed the slips, but then he settled in and began to strike the ball with authority. He was obliged to a good dose of errant bowling from a rather pedestrian bowling attack to which he responded accordingly as he chewed on anything that was either too full or too short on either side of the wicket. He raced to his half-century with a thumping six over mid-off. And after he was entertained with a few “gamesman’ lips from the opposition he responded quietly by taking 21 runs off a one over spell from R. Dean.
However, Choy was not the only Cosmos batsman to impress; Ramsingh was also in the mix. Albeit, that he remained circumspect after he had attempted a few lofted drives that did not yield much rewards. He then adjusted his style and remained composed as he mapped his inning carefully in a partnership that gradually swelled to 100 runs. It was the Choy though who went into over drive and bludgeoned 9 fours and 3 sixes in his 76 runs out of the 100-runs partnership which came in only 11 overs.
With the score on 156 for 1 off 19 overs, Ramsingh fell for a solid 48 when he lighted up to a rank long-hop from Mario Persaud and pulled it flat down the throat to the man on the square leg fence. Choy then leveled the score in the same over before he threw his wicket away when he drove upishly to extra cover and departed for an entertaining 84 runs. David Mohamed then dispatched the next ball somewhere over the square leg fence into the bushes.
Throughout this match that was the command which Cosmos imposed on Pioneer when they batted earlier. Pioneer appeared cloaked from the beginning and had trouble getting the ball out of the square. T. McKenzie, after loose first over he struck in his second when he cramped L. Latchman attempted pull that looped to Sajib Salam at short mid-on. Sham Ali in his second over clipped Cameron Mirza edge to first slip where Ramsingh sat waiting without knee-pads and a cup of tea. David Mohamed then rattled the woodwork to remove Paul (28), while Salam foxed R. Dean and O. Afridi to expose the pioneer tail. Only M. Persaud (20) stuck around a bit before he was outdone by a well flighted delivery from the left hand orthodox spin of Ralston Levy who proceeded to mop up the inning with 4 for 29.
By and large though, on a fast outfield and a reasonable good pitch Cosmos commanded control for the entire duration of the match. On both sides of the innings they exploited the conditions and exposed the opposition outfit that included current and prospective US players to a level of cricket that required a lot more than showmanship or just showing up to play. It took just 20 overs for Cosmos chalk up a convincing victory with plenty of sun still in the sky.
Cosmos will play Progressive next Sunday.