Mississauga - B 125 126 Oakville - First
24th May 2014 - 12:30PM
Avebury, Mississauga



After a heartbreaking loss in the first game, Oakville First bagged their first win of the season this Saturday at Avebury with an all round performance. Mississauga B had a great start to the innings with their openers putting up a valiant 68 on the board. Saqib Khoso and Rohit Dua were not looking to give away their wicket. Saqib was doing the scoring and Rohit was supporting him well. As soon as the first wicket fell, Oakville came back hard with some amazing wicket to wicket bowling and brilliant fielding. Oakville held 5 catches and got 3 run outs to slow down Mississauga, and eventually get them bowled out for just 125. Christian Flook took 3 wickets, Imran Mohammed took 2, Gautam Thakur and Umair Arshad bagged one each.

With a small total to chase, Oakville First did not have the finest of starts; loosing both the openers, Moin Khan and Tabish Khot cheaply. Next in batsmen, Farhan Iqtidar and Vikram Nayak were watchful of the new ball and played out the overs calmly and patiently. Vikram’s wicket fell shortly after, and Nasrullah Syed and Farhan started building a partnership. Farhan was batting positively, and scored 24 valuable runs, only to be given caught behind with only 46 on the board. Aizaz Paracha walked in to join Nasru, and the game plan was clear, play it late, play it straight, and convert the singles to doubles. Aizaz and Nasru ran hard between the wickets and tried be as risk free as possible. Slowly crawling towards the target, Mississauga were desperate to break the partnership, and eventually got Nasru to edge a wide delivery straight to first slip. With 39 more runs to win, Amit Sawh joined Aizaz, and these two continued batting in similar fashion. They continued to put the pressure on Mississauga and just in singles and doubles, took Oakville past the finish line. Oakville chased down the target in 33.3 overs with 5 wickets in hand. Aizaz Ahmad played a match winning innings, remaining not out on 30, Farhan Iqtidar scored 24 hard runs, Nasru scored 18 and Amit remained not out on 12. The most interesting statistic of the game was that Oakville got their 126 runs without scoring a single boundary.

From 68 for no loss to 125 all out, and from 46/4 to 126/5 – Oakville had a brilliant day with comebacks in both departments. It was a team performance. Oakville has set the bar high for themselves now, knowing that disciplined bowling, patient batting, combined with gutsy fielding is what they have to bring to the ground for every single game to win that championship. They are hoping to bring their A game next Saturday, May 31st – when they take on the reigning champions; NCA Force One at Glenashton Park.