Oakville’s Premier Division had lost a close game and were motivated to bounce back. They lost too many wickets chasing a low total and they had to get back to their winning ways, which they did against Hamilton Cricket Club, thanks to an unbeaten 64 from Majid Mahmood and an 60 run partnership between him and Tanzeel Ali.
Hamilton were put in to bat first, and they started off strong, but lost their first wicket for 24 runs. The next two batsmen took the score to over 50 but then Oakville got 2 quick wickets. Rukshan Jayasuriya and Kaif Tewari built a strong partnership and took the team total to over 100. Tewari played remarkably, but lost wickets on the opposite end. The bowling changes were smart, and everytime it seemed like a partnership was building, Oakville managed to squeeze out a wicket. Tewari fought hard, and managed to score his 50 and carry the team to 183 runs. He finished with 55 valuable runs. Rikin Christian (29) and Jayasuriya (26) were the other top scorers. The bowlers had a good day on the field. Kamran was the pick of the bowlers with his 3 wickets for only 27 runs. Ayaaz Ali and Manik Bhan took 2 important wickets each, and Saad Zafar, Majid Mahmood and Arsalan Pervaiz took 1 wicket each.
Oakville had to chase down 184, which was not an easy total, but with Ali Shah and Ayaaz Ali – the batting lineup had no doubts that this total on Glenashton could be chased down. They played some glorious shots, but Ayaaz was unlucky to get out after scoring only 15 quick runs (1 four, 1 six). Saad Zafar was unlucky too, as he edged the first ball back to the keeper. Ali Shah continued dominating the bowlers with 8 fours and a six, but lost his wicket too. He scored 46 runs in 38 balls. Niaz Paracha also had a brief stay in the crease, and scored 9 runs before he got out also. Majid Mahmood and Mohsin Iqbal took the total to 124 before Mohsin also lost his wicket. In came Tanzeel Ali, who batted patiently with Majid and made sure that no extra wickets were lost. They hit a whole bunch of fours between them, Majid with 11 and Tanzeel with 5, as Majid crossed his first half century of the season, and finally took the team over the finish line with an unbeaten 60 run partnership. Tanzeel remained not out on 28 runs and Majid top scored with 64 not out. Rikin Christian was the pick of the bowlers, finishing his spell with 8.0-1-12-1.
A great comeback by the Oakville boys, lesson learnt and implemented, valuing their wicket, playing sensibly and risk free, and they win with a full 14 points yet again. The winning ways hope to continue next week when they return the favour to Mississauga Ramblers next Sunday, June 08th at Glenashton Park.