Metropolitan Cricket League
By Sham Ali

(Celebrating 31st Anniversary):- Sohan Dass delivered one of his signature innings for Cosmos to confirm that his last minute inclusion into the squad against Progressive at Floyd Bennett Field last Sunday was justified. Dass, the former Guyana national player, held his nerves in a gritty rearguard effort after Cosmos top order had wobbled to 95 for 5 off 23 overs in their reply to progressive total of 191 runs. Conversely, Dass has had a number of testy innings under his belt and he is the type of player who comes to the fore on a challenge, and yet again he delivered in a match-winning 50-runs partnership with the veteran Glen Lorick to ensure that Cosmos moved to 2-0 on the points table.

Sohan Dass contributed a valuable 46 not out in Cosmos win over Progressive. Photo by Shiek Mohamed

It was Progressive two left-handed opening batsmen, D. Hart and D. Morand who had earlier stone-walled Cosmos opening attack of Dass and Sham Ali after Hart was let off by T. Mckenzie at mid-on in Dass’s 3rd over and Morand survived a huge shout for lbw after he padded up to Ali. But Cosmos bowlers kept their calm and remained military despite a few unanswered questions that were coupled with few blunders in the field. Ali finally sliced the pair when he had Morand (14) caught behind by Cyril Choy in his 6th over. Two balls later C. Mendonza was dropped at gully as Cosmos missed an another opportunity before Ali completed his spell of 1 for 22 off 8 overs at the water break with the score on 61 for 1 off 15 overs.

With Hart and Mendonza at the wicket Progressive had hoped to improve on their run rate, but Cosmos second change bowlers kept a tight grip on the inning. The left-arm orthodox Ricky Kissoon bowled a controlled spell keeping Hart in check and Mendonza watchful. Mendonza then offered another chance at square-leg before he settled in to stroke a few crisp boundaries. He favored the sweep one too many times and fell victim to and LBW to a faster ball from Kissoon for a good 46 runs. Kissoon completed a parsimonious spell of 1 for 25 off his 8 overs. At 113 for 2 in the 29th over Progressive had a platform to launch an attack, but Cosmos spin attack posed a major challenge. Ralston Levy left hand orthodox picked up Hart for a well played 54-run as he (Levy) seized controlled from the Aviator end while Taj, Lorick, and Mohamed offered good support.  Progressive managed to get a challenging 191 for 3 in their allotted 40 overs with R. Rattery remained on 41 runs not out.

In reply, Cosmos needed a good start, but the aggressive Faisal Taj, Cosmos lucky charm in need of a polish, failed to trouble the score when he played a headless shot in the 2nd over off M. Cole to hole out on the deep mid-off boundary. Ganesh Ramsingh (8) uncharacteristically chased a wide delivery from paceman M. Miller and was caught behind.  After Cyril Choy (4) holed out at mid-off Cosmos top order had slumped to 22 for 3 in the 7th over. Keith Eddie looked comfortable as he and David Mohamed began the rebuilding of Cosmos inning. They posted a vital 62 runs partnership before Eddie was bowled by C. Elliot for 28 runs.  Cosmos needed an inning of character from one of their middle order batsmen if they were to challenge Progressive attack that now had a few extra springs in their strides.  David Mohamed, the former Trinidad national player looked poised for the role, however, in a terrible loss of concentration Mohamed (39) ran himself out when he turned to see if his partner Tevan Mckenzie had grounded safely only to find himself short of his ground off a shy from the wicket-keeper. Mckenzie (12) then lost his stumps in the next over.

At 95 for 5 in the 23rd over, the match had tilted Progressive way but Cosmos batting line-up is deep. Dass is seasoned cricketer with years of spice and experience under his belt, and a few extra pounds of energy buckled down and played the anchor-in-chief role as he chipped away at the opposition. Glen Lorick added the sting in the 50-runs partnership with a breezy 20 runs before he sacrificed his wicket in a run out mixed-up. Ralston Levy then eased Dass’s nerves with an aggressive 13 runs as Cosmos zip-up this match in the 38th by which time Dass had constructed a disciplined 46 not out.

It was a match that had memories of a Cosmos / Progressive heart-pounding, nail- biting battles over the last two decades and once again last Sunday confirmed the rivalry, the deep rooted respect and friendship between these two teams and the high standard of cricket.

Cosmos will play Staten Island next Sunday.