A day of mixed emotions for Oakville, where on one hand, they witnessed a remarkable batting performance by Zaid Rehman who scored a century, and on the other hand, lost the game to a powerful Halton batting lineup.
Oakville went in to bat first – with Rajiv Mehta and Zaid Rehman opening the innings. Rajiv lost his wicket early, and Shahab and Vikram followed right after, and the scoreboard now read 8/3. Jamie and Ferdaus gave a solid stand to Zaid, who was in a different zone altogether, batting sensibly, cautiously, and scoring boundaries every few balls. Another slight batting collapse, and it looked like Zaid was going to be left stranded on one end. Faiyaz Ally gave a good stand to Zaid, letting him bat freely while holding one end. They had a partnership of 40 runs, and Zaid and Umair had a partnership of 35 runs – out of which Zaid scored the most runs. Zain Khot was the last batsman in, and Zaid needed to play the last over and score the remaining few runs for his century, which he did. A glorious display of batting and Oakville had posted 155 runs – out of which 103 were Zaid Rehman’s hard earned runs. Gautam took 4 wickets and Jaswinder took 3 wickets for Halton.
In reply – Oakville bowlers bowled a disciplined line and length, but Halton batsmen were in a different mindset. Inspite of taking 2 early wickets, Gursewak and Varinder added 38 runs, and Jogesh and Varinder added 71 important runs, batting beautifully and not giving anything away to the hard working Oakville bowlers. To Oakville’s disappointment, Halon chased down the total comfortably with 6 wickets in hand.
A great fight, and a great display of cricket from Zaid Rehman, but it just wasn’t enough to get the win. Oakville will look to get back in the win column next Saturday, June 14th, when they travel to Avebury to take on Mississauga B.