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Cosmos Suffer Setback In MCL Challenge Cup Semi-Final


The economical Sham Ali in action.
By S. Ali
Sept. 29th, 2009
(Celebrating 28th Anniversary)
- Reigning 2009 Round Robin Champions Cosmos were denied a place in the Metropolitan Cricket League (MCL) Roy Sweeney Challenge Cup final, falling to Villagers at Floyd Bennett field last Sunday, September 13. In a match that was littered with inconsistent umpiring and some questionable sportsmanship, poor fielding by Cosmos also undermined their quest for a sweep of the MCL’s three Championship trophies for the 2009 season. Having already secured the round-robin hardware, Cosmos were in search of the Roy Sweeney Challenge Cup (Knock Out) and the Derrick Scott Challenge Cup (Twenty/20) to complete the trifecta.

When Ordelmo Peters asked Cosmos to take first strike, it was Cosmos’ teenage batting sensation Keddy Lesporis who fell victim to the questionable sportsmanship, when Andrew Gonsalves apparently spilled an offering for a catch at second slip, off a thick outside edge. However, Lesporis was determined to be out caught as the umpire seemingly overwhelmed as Villagers’ celebrated knowing that the catch had not been taken and as Lesporis stood his ground. Gonsalves and several of his teammates would acknowledge after the match had concluded that the catch was indeed NOT TAKEN. Further complicating matters, the same umpire would later rule century-maker, Glenmore Hall, not out when he was in the single digits as an appeal for what appeared to have been a clear run out was denied.

Defiantly, Cosmos would rally around an excellent innings from Dixieth Palmer (52), a composed one from Dennis Evans (45), and two aggressive ones from Ahmed Proverbs (44), and George Adams (30) as Cosmos posted a reasonable 219 for 6 off their allotted 35 overs. Joel Persaud was the pick of Villagers bowlers with a spell of 7 overs that cost 28 runs. With the Villagers on 15 for 1 in the 6th over, and with the Hall run out denied, Villagers moved to 44 for 1 off 10 overs and required 174 off the last 25, then 110 off the last 15 overs, and 68 off the last 10 overs, it was a struggle to the end as Cosmos uncharacteristically failed to execute flooring at least eight catches, including at least five offered by eventual centurion Hall.

For Cosmos, Sham Ali was economical in his 7 overs for just 19 runs. Hall after being given the chance to bat for a second time rode his luck to register a match-winning century, which included 3 fours and 6 sixes. The usual brilliance of Cosmos in the field was missing for the second consecutive occasion against Villagers as the Cosmos fieldsmen betrayed the brilliant effort of bowlers Melroy Kingston and Kevin Darlington in defense of their 219-run total. Villagers would prevail by six wickets.

Westbury successfully defended the Roy Sweeney Challenge Cup with a convincing victory over Villagers in the finals at Floyd Bennett on Sunday, September 20.

In celebration of Cosmos 28th anniversary, Cosmos has dedicated the 2009 season as its inaugural benefit year for a very prominent contributor to its illustrious past. This year's honoree will be team manager Shadi Khan. The inaugural year’s celebration will complement the Club’s annual presentation, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 28, 2009 @ 8pm at Fairfield Pavilion 133-01 101 Avenue, Queens NY 11419. All are invited.

Carl Bennett also contributed to this article.

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