After an embarrassing loss against the same time last week, Oakville took their revenge against Mississauga, thanks to an unbelievable century by Zaid Rehman.
Oakville bowled first on a dull cloudy day, and started with Darren Kimberley and Saad Sohail. These two bowled a beautiful line and length and didn’t give away many runs. They also took one wicket each, of the openers. It looked to be a great start, but then the partnerships started building. Mississauga scored runs with ease, and kept the scoreboard ticking. The bowlers bowled well, but the batsmen just found a way of scoring runs with ease. A brilliant 50 by Samad Hamidi and an unbeaten 45 by Anil Tahir helped them take the score to 206/7 in their 40 overs. All the bowlers had a wicket each.
After collapsing for 72 in the previous game, chasing 207 was not going to be easy, but Oakville were not worried about the tall task. Zaid Rehman and Trevor Ashworth went in to bat knowing that they had to be aggressive and cautious at the same time. Trevor played one of the best knocks of the season, scoring only 3 boundaries but taking plenty of singles and running hard between the wickets. On the other end, Zaid, who has been in prime form, continued his dominance over the bowlers. He started off slow but quickly accelerated, scoring atleast a boundary every over. The runs kept flowing in easily and the scoreboard was ticking quickly. Zaid had crossed his 50 but on the other end, Trevor was unfortunate to lose his wicket after a brilliant 30. Moin Khan joined the party, and he had only one thing in mind – score lots of runs, score them fast. If Zaid was heading for his third century of the season, Moin was heading for his first 50. There was no stopping these two batsmen after they crossed the half way mark. A few big hits here and there, and in no time, Oakville reached the finish line with 9 wickets in hand and 12 overs to spare. Moin Khan remained not out with a flamboyant 52 (6 fours and 2 sixes), but the talk of the town, Zaid Rehman, remained not out on 113 (7 fours and 11 sixes). His 3rd century of the season and not the first time he went in opening and stayed not out till the end..
After losing by 8 wickets a few days ago – Oakville won by 9 wickets against the same team, and with this win, they secure their playoff spot for the 2014 season. Oakville are off next weekend, but will take on Mississauga one last time on Sunday August 31st at Avebury in Mississauga.