Oakville makes a mess of an easy chase, but hang on by a thin thread and come out on top in a nail biting game.
Oakville decided to field first on an unpredictable pitch. The bowlers started positively with Christian Flook sending the openers back to the pavilion really early. Oakville continued with some tight bowling, and took wickets at regular intervals. A couple of mini partnerships helped Hamilton put some runs on the board, and took the score past 100, but Oakville came back strong again, and took some wickets in the death overs, and finished the allotted 40 overs at 121/9. Rohan Shah top scored for Hamilton. Oakville bowlers had a great day on the field. Gautam Thakur, Sohail Khan, Umair Arshed and Christian Flook took 2 wickets each without conceding too many runs.
Oakville batsmen were aware that batting on this pitch was not easy. Zaid Rehman was the first victim of many who got bowled to a ball that stayed really low and bounced twice before hitting the stumps. Aizaz Paracha and Farhan Iqtidar fell in similar manner. In no time, Oakville were 3 wickets down with only 30 runs on the board. Trevor Ashworth and Nasrullah Syed dropped anchor and played carefully, waiting for the new ball to stop swinging. Trevor lost his wicket to another ball that stayed low. Gautam Thakur walked in and along with Nasru, started looking for the quick singles and doubles, to keep the scoreboard ticking. They worked hard and took the score to 83 before Nasru lost his wicket, another bowled. Soon after, Gautam got out as well. It was left to the lower order to get the remaining 37 runs. Each batsman was tested by the pitch, and each batsman failed to not fall for the short pitched, double bounce ball, but each batsman contributed with a few runs to try to get to that final score. Christian played aggressively and took the score quickly to 116 but got out. Faiyaz Ally batted patiently, and fought hard not to give his wicket away, and it all came down to 2 runs to win with 1 wicket in hand. Sohail Khan tried to finish it off with one ball, but skied the ball to mid on, who dropped an easy catch, and kept the game alive for Oakville. Faiyaz finally found the gap and ran a single to win the game. The game was too close, and could have gone to anyone, but Oakville held their nerve, especially Faiyaz, and came out on top with a win. Nasru top scored with 22 runs, Gautam had 12, Christian had an aggressive 10 and Trevor worked extra hard for his 10 runs. The biggest help for Oakville was the 48 extras conceded by Hamilton, including 42 wides. Hamilton bowlers bowled sensibly according to their pitch, and Aman Haque was the best bowler with his 4 wickets, along with Sarim Ahmed who took 3.
After the last game where Oakville’s lower order collapsed shockingly, it looked like the same thing would happen again, but the passion to win kept Oakville in the game and slowly but surely, took them to the finish line. Oakville now goes into the mid season break, for the T20 tournament, and is back in action against the same opponents on Saturday, August 02nd at Glenashton Park, Oakville.