Metropolitan Cricket League T20
By Sham Ali
(Celebrating 31st Anniversary):- An all too familiar scene of stifled yawns and lazy stretches unfolded as the whatever T20 competition peeked out from under the blues, and Cosmos stretched and cruised to a comfortable 6-wicket victory over Suburbia at Floyd Bennett Field last Sunday.
Suburbia won the toss and without hesitation they elected to bat under bright sunshine. The sunshine was the only similarity between the two teams in a bat and ball encounter. This opposition found themselves in early trouble against a steady Cosmos attack and a series of dot-balls tortured the throughout the match. They struggled to get the ball beyond the square during the mandatory power play and were burdened even more at 35 for 6 in the 10th over. Cosmos had wrestled control of the match very early. The runs dried up and the burden to score in the late overs became greater as Cosmos twisted the screws and pegged away at the opposition. The formality of the match was gradually unfolding as the Suburbia inning shifted in to survival mode before they scratched to a paltry 79 runs.
In reply, Rasheem James found some much needed form and anchored the inning with a composed 44 runs and redeemed himself after he has had a relatively sketchy season. His form came at a crucial time, albeit against a tame attack, and added some much needed spine to the Cosmos lineup. He made ample use of the opportunity to bat up the order and on this occasion he looked very much like the batsman who had dominated the youth tournament a few years ago. He found the mid-wicket boundary with femme fatale moments of lust and ease and as often as he did through extra-cover. His inning was solid and full of flare and a much welcomed sight for his team. He constructed a solid 51-runs partnership with Soodeen Deendial to take Cosmos to 63 for 2 and within touching distance of their target.
It was still early when the target was achieved and the dense plan that sneaked into the chorus of change that the swing, hit or miss of T20 cricket will attract more spectators in these parts, than a 40 or 35 overs format, is nothing more than dense as the spectators slept late. The match was over in a blink as James engineered a grandstand finish when he took two out of the park; one landed on the platform of “W. G. Grace’s” house and the other went further to punch a hole on top of his zinc roof of and woke him up in by the 10th over. It was time to scamper home before the locks came off of WG gates for him to inquire who damaged his roof and what’s this T20 thing?” The courtesy of a reply to WG would have been “It was RJ who did it Sir, and that’s how this T20 thing is played Sir”. Suburbia lost, Cosmos won, Cricket lost. A day wasted.