Oakville - First 112 116 Halton - First
19th May 2014 - 12:30PM
Glenashton Park, Oakville



Oakville’s First Division A team  kicked off its season at home against Halton Warriors.  Newly appointed captain Farhan Iqtidar had the boys pumped up to fight hard and start the season strong.  Halton won the toss and elected to bowl first.  Saad Zafar and Tabish Khot opened the inning.  Tabish was run out in the second over, and Farhan had to go in to see off the new ball.  Saad looked in great touch as he was watching the good balls and putting the bad ones to the boundary.  The score went on to 44 when the next wicket fell.  Saad top edged one and was caught by the bowler.  That started a mini collapse, with Farhan being givem LBW, Mohsin Iqbal LBW, Tanzeel Ali Bowled, and Nasrullah Syed Bowled.  Oakville went from 44/1 to 46/7 in less than 3 overs.  Amit Sawh and Zaid Rehman had to now re-build the innings.  After a good 24 run partnership, Zaid was out, caught long on.  Mairaj Hoda supported Amit for 13 run partnership, and was out caught at mid-off with only 83 runs on the board.  Syed Saad Sohail went in at number 11 and played very sensibly.  Stopped all the good balls, and even hit a mighty 6 over mid-wicket.  Amit also ran hard between the wickets, and got plenty of boundaries to take Oakville’s score up to 112 before Saad was out, caught by the wicketkeeper.  Syed Saad batted sensibly scoring 11 runs, Saad Zafar had 30 runs and Amit was the batsman of the day, with 40 valuable runs (51 balls, 5 fours, 1 six).  Inspite of a major middle order collapse, the heroics of the bottom order gave Oakville a fighting chance.  For Halton, Gursewak was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 crucial wickets.  Jaswinder and Gautam took 2 wickets each.

Oakville knew that to defend this small total, they had to bowl accurate and field hard.  Amit attached the batsmen with some beautiful swing bowling, and got his first wicket in his second over, knocking the middle stump down.  He got the next 2 batsmen to edge the ball to the wicket keeper and another one to bat-pad a ball to a sharp Syed Saad at square leg.  Halton were in shock, losing 4 wickets early, and Jogesh Dhir and Varinder Singh started building the innings.  Skipper Farhan introduced Mairaj Hoda into the attack, and he did not disappoint – breaking the 45 run partnership, having Varinder caught at point, and following up with an LBW the very next ball.  Amit took out the other set batsman soon, and Oakville was only 3 wickets away from victory.  In came Rahul Tokas, who played safe and kept most of the strike.  He lost one of his partners off Syed Saad’s bowling, and Manish Singh came in at number 10.  These two batsmen kept the scoreboard ticking and didn’t give away their wicket.  The score was eventually reached by these two batsmen, and they went on to win the tight game by 2 wickets.  Rahul Tokas remained not out for a match winning 23 runs.  Mairaj Hoda bowled a beautiful spell, taking 2 wickets, but the pick of the bowlers, making a remarkable debut for the club was Amit Sawh, conceding only 15 runs in his 8 overs, and taking all 5 top order wickets.

A hard fought game – but a loss for Oakville.  A remarkable display of all round cricket from Amit Sawh, but the middle order collapse cost Oakville the game.  Oakville boys were definitely not going to forget this loss, and use it to fuel them for the remainder of the season.  They are going to look for a win next Saturday, May 24th – when they take on Mississauga B at Avebury.