Oakville lose their second game in a row.
Oakville won the toss and elected to field first. Niagara openers got off to a remarkable start, mainly because of all the dropped catches by Oakville fielders. The first wicket fell after Imran Mohammed took a diving catch at point off Gautam Thakur’s bowling to dismiss a dangerous Elyas Karim. Mohammed Koya and Qasim Yaqoob batted remarkably, stealing quick singles and scoring some big boundaries. The partnership had re-built the innings and Koya was finally dismissed on 59. Oakville came back strong, and dismissed Niagara for 170, considering at one point it seemed like the score would go over 200. Saad Sohail was the most successful bowler with 3 big wickets.
Oakville didn’t have the best of starts, losing Saad Zafar in the first over itself. Tanzeel Ali joined Rajpal Kang and these two put on a good show, adding 39 runs between them, including two big sixes from Tanzeel and 5 boundaries from Rajpal. A couple of wickets fell in a hurry, and it was time to rebuild once again. Nasru Syed and Gautam Thakur tried to take control of the game, and as the innings seemed to be stabilized, Nasru threw his wicket away on 17. Imran Mohammed and Gautam tried to reach the finish line but Oakville fell way short, losing the game by 37 runs. Rajpal Kang was the leading scorer with 31 runs. Mohammed Koya and Iqbal Seta had 3 wickets each for Niagara.
Oakville has made a mess of many chases, and this was one of them, and they need to quickly fix this with the playoffs around the corner.