Oakville - Premier 152 151 Crescent - Premier
18th May 2014 - 12:30PM
Glenashton Park, Oakville



Oakville’s Premier Division team  kicked off its season at home against Crescent.  On a cloudy day, newly appointed captain Niaz Paracha wanted to use the conditions and field first.  The first wicket fell in just the second over of the game, as Sonny Ramdeo edged one off Christian Flook and was safely taken by the wicketkeeper.  Darren Kimberley bowled a beautiful line and length and dried up the runs.  One of the remaining openers, Abid Mehmoud kept scoring runs but wickets fell regularly from the other end, thanks to some great bowling by Christian.  Bowling changes kept coming timely and wickets were also taken regularly.  Kamran bowled beautifully but didn’t manage to take any wickets.  Manik Bhan and Ayaaz Ali supported well by taking 3 quick wickets of the middle order.  Christian, Imran and Darren came back to clean out the tail.  Crescent’s opener, Abid kept the innings together but got out in the 36th over or the game, top scoring with 71 runs.  Imran took the last wicket off the last ball of the game, having Naseer Malik caught by Darren.  Imran and Ayaaz took 2 wickets each and Christian was the pick of the bowlers, with 4 wickets, including two caught and bowleds.  Crescent managed to score 151 runs.

Oakville bowlers had done their job, now it was time for the much talked about batting line up to live up to their expectation.  Ali Shah and Ayaaz Ali came out on a mission.  Ayaaz was unfortunate to get bowled off M. Saif in the second over of the game, but out came Saad Zafar, another new member of the club, to assist Ali.  Both these batsmen played cautiously, yet aggressively, scoring plenty of singles and the occasional boundary.  A good 60 run partnership came to an end when Saad was unfortunately given LBW.  Majid Mahmood was the next one in, and he continued in the same style.  Ali scored his 50 in the first game of the season and was soon out with the scorecard reading 94-3.  Niaz was the next one in, and he was in a bit of a hurry to finish the game off.  He hit 3 glorious sixes and Majid and Niaz put on a brilliant unbeaten 58 run partnership to finish the game, winning it with 7 wickets in hand.  Majid scored 21 not out (2 fours), Niaz was not out on 34 (26 balls, 2 fours, 3 sixes), Saad scored 25 runs (1 four, 1 six) and the top scorer was Ali Shah with 54 runs (55 balls, 7 fours).  A great display of batting and a job well done.  For Crescent, M. Saif took 2 wickets and Sonny Ramdeo took the other wicket.

After a great first game, Oakville is looking to top this performance next Sunday, May 25th – when they take on Mississauga Ramblers at Avebury.