Oakville fall just 10 runs short in a big chase despite a brilliant batting performance by Trevor Ashworth.
Oakville won the toss and elected to field first. Amit Sawh and Sohail Khan opened the bowling, and Sohail was successful right away, dismissing one of the openers. After a brief partnership, Oakville bowlers claimed a few more wickets in a hurry, taking 5 Hamilton wickets with only 65 runs on the board. Rohan Shah along with skipper Pragi Gangathara started building a strong partnership, accumulating 80 runs before the skipper getting dismissed on 47. A few batting heroics from the lower order took the total to 201/9 in the allotted 40 overs. M. Tanzeel Ali was the most successful bowler with 3 wickets, and Imran Mohammed and Amit Sawh had two wickets each.
Oakville started off strong, with Trevor Ashworth and Farhan Iqtidar scoring some quick boundaries. The 46 run partnership came to an end when Farhan lost his wicket. Oakville lost a few wickets in a hurry, Nasru Syed joined Trevor and had a 43 run partnership during which Trevor achieved his first 50 for the club, but Nasru lost his wicket, edging one off to the wicketkeeper. Following that, Trevor lost his wicket after a personal best 73, with another 75 runs required to win. Tanzeel Ali and Faiyaz Ally kept fighting, and accumulating valuable runs, and added 46 runs before Faiyaz lost his wicket. Imran played a brief cameo, scoring two fours and a six and getting the required run rate back to under run a ball, but was unfortunate to get out. Tanzeel kept the fight going, but unfortunately lost his wicket too, and scoring a valuable 26 runs. The tail couldn’t finish it off, but Oakville gathered 191 runs in the loss. Rohan Shah and Asad Jan took 3 wickets each and bowled remarkably in the death overs.
Although the game was lost, Oakville knew that they had worked hard right till the end, and will look to keep the form going in the last couple of games of the regular season.