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HDCL 2017 First Division Champions!! Oakville Cricket Club

Nasrullah Syed

HDCL 2017 First Division Champions!! Oakville Cricket Club

Oakville Cricket Club won the  Hamilton & District Cricket League 2017 First Divison championship by over-coming a huge target set by Niagara Cricket Academy in the final played on Saturday Sept 23 at Glenashton Cricket Park in Oakville.

After being put in to bat first, NCA started off cautiously and started accelerating in the middle overs, with Maninder Gill anchoring the innings and playing some remarkable shots on his way to a classy and powerful 113.  Oakville managed to slow NCA down in the last few overs by taking wickets, but were staring down at 254 to win.

Oakville got off to a flying start, courtesy of Ehsan who scored 76 runs.  After a mini collapse, Oakville were down to 113/5 in 20 overs.  After shining with the bat, Maninder took 5 big wickets to put Oakville on the back foot.  Nasrullah Syed (44) anchored the innings well and Oakville tried to keep up with the required rate, but after losing 2 important wickets at cruicial time, Oakville now required 41 runs to win in 4 overs with only 1 wicket in hand.
Imran Mohammed and Suresh Nair held their nerve and played some smart cricket, and the hits started coming.  Imran hit 4 huge sixes and took the team to the finish line with 3 balls to spare.  

A remarkable game of cricket, worthy of a Finals, played excellently between two competitive teams. 

Congratulations to Oakville Cricket Club for an outstanding finish to the season.

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Ranjit Chaudhri:  Congratulations to OCC - Indeed a stiff chase. Wish the same in next and seasons to come.. Ranjit Chaudhri