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Villagers Make Light Work Of Cosmos

Sept. 14th, 2009
In Metropolitan Cricket League 35 Overs Competition semi finals played Sunday last. Westbury beat Progressive at Westbury High School while Villagers easily got past Cosmos at Floyd Bennett Field. The final is scheduled for Sunday September 20th at 11:00 am at Floyd Bennett Field.

The prolific Glen Hall in action.

At Floyd Bennett won the toss in overcast conditions and invited Cosmos to take first strike. From the start it was slow going for the Cosmos batsmen on a wicket that bounced unevenly at times. Gordon justified his captain’s decision to bowl first when he found the edge of Keddy Lesporis’s bat in the third over to have him well caught by Gonsales in second slip with the score on twelve. Dennis Evans and Donald Bennett put on a constructive 36 in 7 overs for the second wicket before Bennett went in similar fashion this time the catch was taken by Peters after the ball bounced out of the hands of Gonsales.

Evans then found a useful partner in skipper Dixeth Palmer and the pair added 50 for the third wicket. With the score on 98 Evans went; he overreached at a well flighted delivery from Ewart Gayle and was brilliantly stumped by wicket keeper Akeem Dodson for a well played 45. Proverbs joined Palmer for another 50 partnership before Palmer was out stumped by Dodson off right hand off spinner Maurice Powell. Ahmed Proverbs (44) and George Adams (30) made some attractive strokes in the waning minutes to give Cosmos what looked like a respectable 219 for 6 in 35 overs.

The pick of Villagers bowlers was Tailsman Gordon (6-1-35-2) and Rashad Marshall (4-0-38-2) they were well supported by Ewart Gayle who took one wicket for 37 runs off 7 overs and Joel Persaud who bowled his allotted 7 overs for 28 runs.

Like Cosmos, Villagers started slowly openers Akeem Dodson and Kevin Charles progressed to 11 after 5 overs thanks mostly to Sham Ali whose first three overs coat a mere three runs eventually bowling seven overs for 19 runs. Charles was the first to go attempting an injudicious shot off Adams only to sky the ball to wide mid-on where he was comfortably taken by Proverbs for 6 with the score on 15. Glen Hall joined Akeem Dodson and the two while offering several chances to Cosmos took the score to 90 before Dodson was run out attempting a cheeky single. Glen Hall then shifted gears dispatching the ball to all parts of the boundary helping himself to 107 not out with three fours and six sixes. He found useful partners in Marshall (8), Gonsales (29) and Peters (8 not out). Hall made two centuries this season against Cosmos and five overall this season. Villagers finished 224 for 4 wickets after 32 overs recording another emphatic win against Cosmos this season.
Kevin Darlington (6-0-48-2) always looked menacing he was supported by George Adams (6-0-48-1).

Westbury continues to dominate Progressive
At Westbury High School, Westbury won the toss and asked Progressive to bat first. Progressive rattled up 192 for 9 wickets in the allotted 35 overs, thanks to contributions from E Bonner with a classy 61, R Staples 15, N. Heywood 22 and Alexis 40 not out. Bowling for Westbury; P. Solomon (1-0-5-2), B. Bartley (7-0-31-2), C. Gayle (7-0-54-2), D. Thomas (7-0-37-1) and B. Mc Leash (6-0-21-1).

Westbury scored the required runs with 5 overs to spare reaching 193 for 4 wickets in 30 overs completing a clean sweep of Progressive for this 2009 season; three wins in row.

Batting for Westbury; D. Thomas completed a fine all round performance scoring 69 not out, P. Solomon contributed a well played 44 before he was run out, C. Roye made 28 and D. Campbell 17 not out.

The pick of the progressive bowlers was R. Staples (7-0-32-1) he was supported by Alexis (6-0-35-1) and G. George (3-0-39-1)
Westbury will meet Villagers in the finals on Sunday September 20, 2009.

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