Oakville - B 210 74 Oakville - First
4th Aug 2014 - 12:30PM
Glenashton Park, Oakville
League Game



A much anticipated and passionate game between Oakville’s two teams gets rained out, leaving everyone wanting more off the day.  Zaid Rehman’s unbelieveable batting performance was overshadowed by Mother Nature.

Oakville B won the toss and elected to bat first.  Zaid Rehman, fresh off his 91 not out the previous day, came out to bat with Moin Khan.  Moin was unlucky to lose his wicket very early, and Vikram Nayak joined Zaid.  The two batsmen started off very slow, playing dots and maidens, and they were only 36 runs in 13 overs, thanks to some great bowling by Oakville.  Zaid was not going to be contained though, soon he started finding the gaps, one powerful boundary per over transformed into two mighty boundaries an over, and in no time, he got to his 50.  The 79 run partnership finally came to an end when Nasrullah Syed was introduced into the attack and took Vikram’s wicket and followed with having Abraiz bowled in the same over.  Rain moved in and the covers were brought on.  It rained really hard, and it seemed like the game would be called off, but to Oakville’s joy – the rain stopped, and we were back on the field.  Srini Kesavan joined Zaid and they started scoring runs with ease.  Srini batted positively, giving the strike to Zaid, running hard between the wickets, and scoring a couple of boundaries himself, but the masterclass Zaid was on a different level, stepping his game up a couple of notches and hitting sixes all over the park.  He crossed the 3 figure mark for the second time this season with ease, and continued hitting the ball beyond the boundary lines.  The 98 run partnership between these two finally came to an end when Srini was caught off Kamran.  Zaid’s spectacular innings fortunately/unfortunately came to an end,  but he had contributed in a huge way possible, scoring 142 of the 190 runs.  Oakville finished off their 35 overs at 210/8.  Zaid finished with 142 runs in 97 balls, with 13 fours and 10 sixes.  Kamran was the most economical bowler, conceding only 25 runs in his 7 overs, and Nasru was the most successful bowler with his 4 wickets.

Oakville cricketers put the game and competition aside during the innings break, to participate in the Family Day lunch.  Many spouses, girlfriends, children and families showed up in spite of the rain and supported the cricketers.  A brief get together and fun combined with bragging and thrash talk showed how well the guys gel and whether they play along side each other or against, the true spirit of cricket and brotherhood was always a major part of this club.

Rain looked to make a comeback, so skipper Farhan Iqtidar promoted the hard hitting Christian Flook to open with Aizaz Paracha.  Oakville started the chase in amazing fashion, but were unfortunate to lose Aizaz early, right after he hit one of the most beautiful shots of the day for a six.  Tanzeel Ali joined Christian and these two showed the opposition what the intent was – with Tanzeel hitting 2 fours and a six in one over, keeping in mind that the run rate should be over the oppositions’ – just in case rain resumed.  Christian had his own show going from the other end, and one boundary an over along with some singles were not a problem for these two batsmen.  Unfortunately, a remarkable 54 run partnership between these two came to an end when Tanzeel got out – not before returning to form with 34 runs in 28 balls, with 5 fours and a six.  At 74/2 in 10.2 overs, heavy rain finally forced the Umpire to stop play, and both teams had to split points.  Christian remained not out on 28.  Rajiv Mehta and Manik Bhan took one wicket each.

Although the game ended in a positive way for both teams, where neither one lost, and neither won, the friendly banter did not stop, and will probably not stop for days, where one team claims that they could have easily chase the total down, and the other disagrees, but at the end of the day, everyone congratulated each other, and appreciated Zaid’s effort, and went away knowing that they might not have won a game, but they won each others’ respect.