Metropolitan Cricket League T20 competition
By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 31st Anniversary):– And yet again a familiar scene of muffled yawns and idle stretches filled the air in the double-header of the Metropolitan Cricket League T20 competition last Sunday at Floyd Bennett Field. On this occasion though it was not a mismatch between teams, but old fashion boredom.
Boredom of waiting for two hours, from 10 o’clock until 12 o’clock, for the opposition to show up, and when they finally showed up the instructions that followed thereafter from the MCL executive is not worthy of space at this time but more boredom at listening to the ramblings about how the 20 overs must be rearranged between the two sides to conclude the 2 pm Cosmos remained unperturbed through it all. Rumor has it that Cosmos will lose the match, seriously, stay tuned.
The second match against Spice Island got under way on time at 2 o’clock. Spice Island captain David Williams won the toss and without hesitation he elected to bat. It was a decision he may have regretted as Cosmos sliced through the top order by the fourth over as Spice Island found themselves in some early trouble. Sham Ali sent R. Jeffery packing in the third ball when he followed one that moved away a little late and Cyril Choy held on to a sharp catch behind. Keith Edie (3 for 9) held a nagging line and sent back L. Chaitan and D. Williams in successive overs, Rasheem James then sent a rocket throw from the mid-on boundary to run out D. Jones, and Spice Island was tottering on 4 for 13.
The inning was in first gear Spice Island needed a partnership to shift gears, but Cosmos bowlers kept picking up wickets at regular intervals and thus denying them the opportunity extend their arms. David Mohamed and Ricky Kissoon (2 for 9) were economical while the new find of Deendial Soodeen (1 for eight) and Neil Lewis were equal to the task as the opposition tail could not muster much of a challenge. Spice Island was eventually bowled out for 81 runs in the 19th over.
Rasheem James was the man at the fore again after Cosmos suffered two early blemishes. Hemchand Hardeo threw his wicket away in a poorly judged call and was run out by the wicket keeper while Faisal Taj season of misery continues. With both openers watching with the score on 2 for 9, James and Tegana Mckenzie progressed with relative ease in a 30-run partnership. Cosmos needed another 38 runs in three over to reach the target by the 12th over in order to gain a bonus point. in the quest for quick runs Mckenzie, James, Lewis and Soodeen perished and Cosmos had to abort their mission. Edie (18) and Choy (4) then took Cosmos comfortably home in the 16th over in a 4-wicket victory.