Oakville gets their first win of the season with a remarkable overall performance against Hamilton, where they hold their nerve and win a thrilling game by 6 runs.
Oakville went in to bat first – with Rajiv Mehta and Zaid Rehman opening the innings. Both these batsmen played remarkably and aggressively scoring 50 in no time. A few mistakes by the batsmen, and Oakville found themselves losing wickets at quick intervals without getting any partnerships going. After 2 games in a row where they got a solid opening stand, and failing to follow through to post a good total – Oakville now were looking to follow in the same pattern, but the last 2 batsmen, Sikandar Hayat and Zain Khot were not going to give away their wicket. They fought hard, and kept adding runs. Oakville posted a good total of 143 runs, 44 of those came from extras. Sikandar top scored with 27 runs, Zaid had 26 and Rajiv had 21. Aman Haq was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5 wickets.
In reply – Oakville bowlers started strong, getting the first few wickets quickly, before the middle order came in and put the pressure back on Oakville. They had 2 big partnerships, and it seemed like the game was going away from Oakville. With some disciplined bowling and aggressive fielding, Oakville managed to break the partnerships, and with just a few runs left to defend, Oakville took the last 3 wickets in quick time, ending a tense game with 6 runs left. Rony Thomas top scored with 30 runs, Saad Nizami had 23, and Satish Pichika was left stranded at 24 not out. All the bowlers bowled really well, Zain and Rajiv bowled economically, and took 2 wickets each, and the pick of the bowlers was Sikandar – taking 3 crucial wickets.
A great fight, and a great way to get the first win of the season. The boys now are starting to play good together and they know that they are hoping to build on this win and this confidence when they take on Halton Warriors next Saturday, June 07th at Central Park.