Metropolitan Cricket League
By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 31st Anniversary):-Keith Edie held his nerves and his patience to deliver another a classic old school inning to take Cosmos to a comfortable 3-wicket victory over River Valley at Poughkeepsie last Sunday.
It was an inning full of character on an outfield that usually frustrates a batsman and often drained his concentration. Not only is the ground at River Valley one of the most picturesque cricket venues in the area with its ‘manicured’ outfield, it is also a truly deceptive one; the pitch is reasonably good to bat on, however, the large spongy outfield offered very little rewards for stroke-play. But Edie rose to the occasion after Cosmos suffered an early hiccup in their reply to River Valley’s 117 runs when Tegana Mckenzie dragged a wide delivery onto his stumps and then Faisal Taj was unfortunate to be given run out at the call of over, 10 for 2.
Edie then dug into his reservoir for 150 minutes to produce a 35-run, 91-ball inning of skill and fortitude as he and Sohan Dass began to reconstruct the Cosmos inning. They proceeded to put together a 37-run partnership before Dass (27) played around one that held its line and was adjudged lbw. At 43 for 3, Cyril Choy instead of ‘Hail-to-the-Chief, Denzil Powell, he fell to the ‘Chief’ first ball. David Mohamed got a ball that kicked off a good length and brushed his glove on its way to the wicket-keeper.
At 59 for 5 off 19 overs, Cosmos scorecard looked panicky, River Valley though were in a similar position limping on 21 for 5 off 15 overs courtesy of two good opening spells from Ricky Kissoon (3 for 11 off 8 overs) and Sham Ali (1 for 13 off 7 overs). However River Valley were not prepared to surrender anytime soon and their batsmen buckled down to build two excellent partnerships that frustrated the Cosmos attack to a point where it was easy to advance theories despite a few crucial blunders. A 52-run partnership for the 6th wicket between Ashton Mason (38) and Answar Rizzi and an unbroken 44-run partnership between Rizzi (41 not out) and Everton Mattis (15 not out) gave River Valley a fighting total when their inning closed on 117 for 6 off 37 overs.
At 59 for 5 off 19 overs Cosmos camp was anything but comfortable; however a measured response from a buoyant Ralston Levy ensured a Cosmos revival. He was the next man in after he had remarked ‘kindly’ at ‘The Chief’ delivery that took a year to get to the other end. It was his chance to face the music and he played the tune that quickly removed ‘chief’ from the attack while singing his way to a quick 22 runs in a crucial 47-run partnership to take Cosmos to 106 runs and within striking distance of the 118 runs required. Edie remained dogged and was sailing smoothly amidst the turbulence around him as he carefully plotted the route to victory but not before Cosmos tripped again when Levy holed out at deep mid-on and Rasheem James added to his list of run outs worries since 2012. Edie (35 not out) and Sham Ali then put on the finishing touches to take the total to 121 runs to seal a 3-wicket victory.
Cosmos will play Westbury next week at Westbury High School.