Niagara Cricket Premiere Team Club wins over Oakville City
Niagara Cricket Club Premiere League team made an easy 6 wicket win over a supposedly stronger side of Oakville City team. The cricket game, played at Oakville City Cricket ground was delayed for one hour due to ground condition i.e. when Oakville City team won the toss and elected to bat first.
Niagara Crickets started the bowling attack with their sting bowler Tawab Ikram. With his usual accurate line a length and lighting speed, Ikram kept the opening pair fully fastened to their crease and took both of the opening pair wickets in his very first 2 overs getting them both, Nasullah Syed (0) and Niaz Ahmed (0) for a duck – which seem to be becoming a norm for the young cricket star who was selected to play for Ontario in 2010. Batting at no.3 John Kristen, the MVP of Oakville City team defended a bit with his 12 runs but after getting caught on the mid-on by Tan Qureshi the steady wickets fall for Oakville continued. Tawab Ikram went through the top order line up of Oakville batting like knife through the soft butter and took 4 key batsmen wickets. At one point Oakville were only 51 runs for 8. However Adil Ahmed scored well needed 76 runs in the 9th wicket partnership to bring Oakville total to modest 152. Oakville were all out in the 27th over.
Chasing a low scoring game with only 153 on board, Niagara Crickets sent out Zia Sarwar and Faizan Siddiqui to open the batting. The pair made a quick partnership of 41 runs within only first 6 overs. After Zia scoring 25, Tawab Ikram, once again was sent to wrap up the low scoring game at no.3 …now with a bat. Ikram took Oakville bowling apart and hit them all over the Oakville City Cricket Park. Ikram made fast 54 i.e. his first fifty of the season 2011 with his plans of many more to come. Niagara Cricket Club only took 18 overs to reach the desired total of 153 while 7 of its main batsmen still in the dug out waiting for their turn. One would think if Niagara Crickets ended up batting with this run rate, a total of 300+ was certainly a possibility on the score cards.
Niagara Cricket Premiere team now plays Halton Stars of Burlington this Sunday June 12th at Burlington City Cricket Ground.