Mississauga - Premier 118 113 Oakville - Premier
25th May 2014 - 12:30PM
Avebury, Mississauga



After a confident win in the first game, Oakville’s Premier team set off to face Mississauga Ramblers at Avebury. A heartbreaking loss in the 2013 season at this ground was still on the minds of Oakville, and they were hoping for some revenge. Mississauga batted first, and Darren Kimberley and Imran Mohammed opened the bowling. Pankaj Gupta and Dhruv Patel kept finding the gaps for singles, and just didn’t give their wicket away. Arsalan Pervaiz was introduced into the attack, and along with Ayaaz Ali, bowled beautifully to slow Mississauga down. The first wicket fell at 39 runs and that was the opening Oakville was looking for. They kept taking wickets at regular intervals, Arsalan kept the pressure on, and Kamran came from the other end to make sure no runs were leaked. Mississauga crawled to a total of 118/9 in 40 overs. Pankaj top scored with 25. Ayaaz was the most successful bowler, with 3 wickets and Darren with 2. Manik and Imran bowled really well, and the spin duo, Arsalan and Kamran bowled very economically.

With a small total to chase, Oakville did not have the finest of starts. Ayaaz fell early wth only 20 runs on the board, and Vijay came in at number 3. They both played some big shots on the off side. Vijay and Ali had a good 22 run partnership but Vijay got out soon after. Majid, Niaz, Manik and Darren lost their wickets early without doing much damage, and the score was already at 68/7. Mohsin Iqbal and Kamran Habib started rebuilding, and kept the scoreboard ticking. After adding 34 more runs, Mohsin lost his wicket and Kamran followed. Oakville now need their last two batsmen to score the remaining 17 runs to win the game. Imran Mohammed and Arsalan Pervaiz dodged some tricky bowling, and took some valuable singles, but with only 6 runs remaining to get, Arsalan was run out trying to attempt a close double. Oakville lost by 5 runs in the end. Ali and Mohsin scored 22 runs each, and Vijay and Kamran had 10 runs each. No other batsman managed to score in double figures. Pankaj was the pick of the bowlers, conceding only 12 runs in his 8 overs, and taking 3 important wickets. S. Zaidi took 2 wickets.

Oakville bowled beautifully, but the batting failed miserably. Oakville will have to quickly put this loss behind them and prepare to face off against Hamilton next Sunday, June 01st at Glenashton Park.