Edged Staten Island
The fingers were numb, faces pale, watery eyes, and layers upon layers of clothing, well lets see- two tee-shirts, a long sleeve sweat shirt, a tract suit top, a long sleeve cricket shirt and cricket sweater - were not enough to prevent the a brisk wind from penetrating onto the body. It was uncomfortable day for cricket.
To make matters
worst, the match lasted three balls short of eighty overs. Staten
froze Cosmos for 40 overs and Cosmos in reply was just a little more
sympathetic, they ended their inning with three balls less on the
winning side. Staten Island top order batsmen applied themselves well
with an excellent third wicket partnership of 120 runs between Ruchira
Jayasuria (79) and Upali Kodituwakhu (43) which laid the foundation
for their team to post big total.
Cosmos in reply suffered an early set back when Lakeram Lakshman fail to fire, however, Cosmos batsmen would partnership their way to the end. Shafeek Shah and Iran Mohamed (12) added some stability to cosmos inning taking the score to 50 for the second wicket. Shafiq Jadavji and Shah added another important third wicket partnership of 51 before Shah (42) lost his leg stump, soon after Jadavji (32) suffered a dubious lbw decision, which shifted the match into a balance.
Cosmos had a tinge
of concern in their camp with the score on 110 for 4, however, Sham
Ali and Wayne Stuger played the experience role picking the gaps regularly
and converting the occasional twos to feature in a crucial fifth wicket
partnership of 67 runs. When Stuger (28) was run out, Cosmos was well
within 19 runs of their target. The reliable Ricky Kissoon (14 n.o)
unleashed a few aggressive drives to take Cosmos to within two runs
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