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Stellar Proverbs And Brilliant Kingston Extends Cosmos Dominance

Ahmed Proverbs and Melroy Kingston should share an unbeaten record partnership against Suburbia.

By Sham Ali
Sept. 3rd, 2009
(Celebrating 28th Anniversary)
- A blistering century from Ahmed Proverbs along with a composed innings from Melroy Kingston propelled Cosmos to a mammoth total as the temperature at Floyd Bennett field got hotter with every boundary as this pair blasted a record unbeaten fifth wicket partnership against Suburbia on August 23rd.

Proverbs, the former Barbados national player whose long-standing record for the most runs (957) in a single season in the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) first division is being threatened by another Cosmos’ stalwart Martin Nurse, strolled to the wicket to join Kingston with Cosmos on 99 for 4 in the 14th overs after Dennis Evans was dismissed for a well-played 42. The pair of Proverbs and Kingston proceeded to pulverize the Suburbia attack for the next 16 overs.

Proverbs was quite watchful in the beginning but kept the score ticking as he brought up his 50 in only 46 balls in the 25th over. Meanwhile, Kingston continued his good form, reviving his name as one of the best batsmen in the League after his indomitable inning in his team’s championship victory a few weeks ago. With six Cosmos’ wickets in hand, Kingston batted solidly as he approached his half century and was effective in compiling a solid partnership with Proverbs, which set the stage for a Cosmos assault in the “death” overs.

Newcomers High School player, now a member of Cosmos, Robin Das has prove that he is ready for the big league after taking 4 for 15.
(Photo By Shiek Mohamed)

However, none of the remaining batsmen were needed - the hard-hitting George Adams kept his hopes as well as his pads warm in anticipation of a chance to get to the wicket even though his best supporter – his Mom – advised him to take the pads off.

Proverbs, in particular, was brutal on Suburbia’s attack as he measured the arc from cover to the mid-wicket boundary with utmost authority.

After passing the half-century mark, he raced to the coveted century landmark in just 15 deliveries to record his first century for Cosmos - a 61-ball unbeaten 107, which included 5 sixes and 6 fours. The overshadowed Kingston, who played the supporting role, finished with a solid unbeaten 64 though cast into an oblivious eclipse by Proverbs’ blitz.

Cosmos’ innings closed on an imposing 254 for 4 off 30 overs, underscored by the swashbuckling partnership between two very experienced cricketers that yielded 155 runs in the last 16 overs.

Cosmos continued to reaped dividends from their young players though promising opening batsman Marlon Persaud would throw his wicket away slashing a long hop into the hands of cover.

Persaud’s misfortune was however vindicated by the bright-eyed and confident Robin Das, one of the most talented young players in the NY-Region who looked more than ready for the senior team.

Das has matured into an excellent all-rounder and on this occasion wrapped up the Suburbia middle order with a good controlled spell, returning 4 for 15 while narrowly missing out on a hat-trick. Only I. Sookhoo and K. Henry, who managed 38 and 57, respectively, offered any resistance before Suburbia had reached 149 for 8 in their allotted 25 overs. Cosmos won by 105 runs, augmenting their hopes for a spot in the Challenge Cup semis.

In celebration of the club's 28th anniversary, Cosmos has dedicated the 2009 season as its inaugural benefit year for a prominent contributor to its illustrious past. This year's honoree will be team manager Shadi Khan. The inaugural celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Sept 12, 2009 @ 11am at Floyd Bennett Field. All are invited.

Carl Bennett also contributed to this article.

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