Coming off a strong win in the previous game, Oakville First suffered a big defeat against the reigning champions, Force One this Saturday at Glenashton Park. After winning the toss, Force One put Oakville in to bat. Trevor and Tabish opened the inning, but Tabish lost his wicket in just the 2nd over of the game. In walked skipper Farhan, who played positively, and started building a partnership. A mini collapse followed, with Trevor, Aizaz, Farhan and Amit losing their wicket early. Nasru and Manik started rebuilding a partnership, and managed to add another 27 runs before they were both dismissed within two overs. With the score at a low 72/7, Imran and Christian had a tough task to bring the total up as high as possible. They batted really well and sensibly, with Imran being the watchful one getting the quick singles, and Christian attacking the bowlers. They both had a much needed 50 run partnership before Imran lost his wicket. Sohail also supported Christian, and in the end they managed to score 138 runs before getting all out. Christian played a remarkable innings, remaining not out on 34 in 35 balls with 4 fours. Imran was the second highest scorer, with 19 valuable runs. Abhijeet Karkhanis was the pick of the bowlers with his 3 important wickets.
With a small total to defend, Oakville bowled hard but the openers got off to a quick start. They were finally dismissed with 29 runs on the board. Vishal Sharma and Sampan Bhatia played out the new ball, still scoring a boundary every over, and taking the score to 67 before Oakville took their 3rd wicket. Abhijeet, after bowling a good spell, came in at #5 and the two batsmen slowly took the game away from Oakville, with a 52 run partnership. Manik Bhan took two wickets in two balls, but Abhijeet calmly scored the remaining 21 runs without taking any risks. Force One won the game with 5 wickets in hand. Abhijeet top scored with 40 not out and Vishal was a close second with 39 runs. Oakville fielded well, Manik and Christian took two great catches each at mid on. Oakville bowlers did a good job, but the total was just not enough to defend on a small ground. Manik was the pick of the bowlers with his 2 wickets.
Oakville will have to work harder on not losing too many wickets in the top order, and hopefully will improve on this department by the next game. They are hoping to come back strong with a win next Saturday, June 07th – when they return to Avebury, Mississauga to take on Mississauga First.