After a disappointing loss in the previous game against Force One, Oakville bounced back in style, chasing 186 runs to bring their second win of the season. Mississauga won the toss and went in to bat, and had to face Darren Kimberley and Amit Sawh – who bowled remarkably, not giving away any runs and quickly taking the wicket of Anand Maharaj. This bought in the skipper and best batsman of the 2013 season, Ranjit Chaudhri to the crease. Ranjit along with Saiyed Rizvi started building a great partnership, with singles and doubles off almost every ball. Kamran Habib bowled really well, but runs were leaking from the other end. Nasrullah Syed finally ended the 74 run partnership by taking Saiyed’s wicket. Rohit and Ranjit continued scoring the runs, adding another 41 runs. Darren was introduced into the attack and right away took Rohit’s wicket. Kamran kept bowling beautifully, and eventually got Ranjit stumped. Nasru had a good direct hit to get a batsman run out and Darren took a great return catch off his bowling to dismiss another batsman. The tail added a few more runs and with a slow over rate penalty of 6 runs, they ended their innings with 185/9 in 40 overs. Darren, Amit and Nasru took 2 wickets each, but Kamran was the pick of the bowlers, giving away only 20 runs in his 8 over spell and taking the most important wicket of the inning. Saiyed top scored with 42, Ranjit had 39 runs and Rohit scored 23 runs.
186 was not an easy total to chase, but Oakville knew that losing this would drop them to 1-3 and that would be a bad start for their season, so they were motivated to win this game. Learning from the last few games – they knew that a middle order collapse had to be avoided. Aizaz Paracha and Trevor Ashworth went in to open and showed their intent by running hard between the wickets and converting singles into doubles, and taking the score up to 35 in no time. Prateek Chahal was quickly introduced into the attack, and struck gold right away, dismissing Aizaz and Farhan Iqtidar in his first over. Shortly after, Trevor was run out. Oakville went from 35/0 to 41/3 and a further collapse had to be avoided. Mohsin Iqbal and Nasrullah Syed started building a partnership, tackling some good bowling by Prateek and some good fielding by Mississauga. They didn’t take any risks and tried to get as many singles and doubles as possible. They were scoring runs, but the asking rate was slowly climbing. With 15 overs to go – 90 runs were required, and at a run a ball required, the batsmen knew that they had to just get singles every ball and not do anything unnecessary. The breakthrough for Mississauga finally came when they got Nasru stumped – breaking a 74 run partnership. Darren lost his wicket soon after, and now Mohsin knew that he had to get these runs quickly and not put the new batsmen in a tough situation. He scored some nice boundaries, and quickly reached his 50, and continued fighting to keep up with the required rate. He was finally dismissed on 71 after fighting hard on a hot day to bring Oakville as close to the finish line as possible. Tabish Khot, Manik Bhan and Amit Sawh took the responsibility on themselves and tried to get as many runs as possible. Amit ran hard between the wickets, and took the game into the last over with only 3 runs required for the win. He got run out but Sheikh Nahyaan and Kamran Habib got the remaining few runs, with 1 wicket and 1 ball to spare. Mohsin played a dream innings, scoring 71 runs off 79 balls, with 6 fours and a big six. Nasru was a distant second with 25 hard earned runs. Ranjit took 3 wickets for Mississauga but Prateek was the pick of the bowlers, bowling his 8 over spell and conceding only 16 runs and picking up two important wickets in his first over.
Oakville have chased twice and won on both occasions. They now believe that any score can be chased, as long as wickets are kept in hand going in to the last 10 overs of the game. They are hoping for a repeat performance against the top team in the division, and last year’s reigning champions, NCA Force One, when they travel to Niagara Falls to challenge them on their beautiful home ground – John Allan Park.