Oakville First resumed their regular season after the T20 break with a huge win over Hamilton. Trevor Ashworth and Rajiv Mehta opened the batting after Oakville was put in to bat by Hamilton. Rajiv lost his wicket in the 3rd over, followed by Tanzeel Ali who edged one to the keeper. Trevor and Tabish Khot started building the innings with some sensible batting and some timely boundaries. Unfortunately, a collapse came, and Oakville lost half of their batting order, with the scoreboard reading 56/6. Nasrullah Syed and Amit Sawh knew they had a task at hand, and started re-building the innings. They took their time to set in, and eventually, runs started flowing freely, Nasru hit 8 boundaries on his way to 47 but lost out on his first fifty of the season when he was out LBW. Amit stepped up by hitting 3 glorious sixes, and with a little more contribution from the lower order, Oakville managed to put 154 on the board before they were all out. Nasru led the way with 47 runs and Amit had 34. For Hamilton, 4 bowlers took 2 wickets each.
Oakville bowlers now had a decent total to defend, and they started off with a bang when Amit Sawh took a wicket in the first over. Christian Flook dried up the runs from the other end, and Amit kept sending batsmen back to the pavilion. Saad Sohail came in first change and kept the pressure going. No real partnership formed, as Sohail took 3 wickets for only 15 runs in his 8 overs, and Gautam just didn’t give anything to the batsmen, conceding only 6 runs in his 5 overs and taking a wicket. A brief 38 run partnership was ended as Umair Arshed took two wickets, and Amit Sawh came back and finished the game off with his 4th wicket. Hamilton were bowled out for 91 and Oakville won comfortably in the end by 63 runs. All the bowlers were very economical, and the skipper/wicket keeper had a great day with the gloves with his 4 dismissals. Pragi Gangathara top scored for Hamilton with 23 runs.
A great recover after an early collapse, and some great economical wicket taking bowling puts Oakville in a strong position in a tight race for playoffs. They will look to make it 3 in a row when they face off against their very own sister team – Oakville B on Monday, August 04th at Glenashton Park.