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Ottoman Marches into semi’s

Ottoman marches into AMA 20/20 Semi’s...

New League, New opposition, Same Result...

The Ottoman CC First XI continued their sublime record in the AMA 20/20 competition when they qualified for the semi finals yet again this past weekend. Following the victorious campaign in the inaugural competition and last year appearing in the finals, only this time it is in the 1B league.

Ottoman CC ended top of group B, winning 3 of their 4 matches and will now face Cape Town cricket club in the first semi final to be held at Durbanville CC grounds on Sunday 16 October 2011, 10am start. Ottoman is joined by Montrose CC, runners up in group B, Durbanvile CC and CTCC.

Our campaign started on the 1st of October at Rosemead sports grounds against the home side, Primrose CC. An absolutely thrilling encounter which saw us secure a last ball victory.

Primrose was sent in to bat by our inspirational leader, captain and coach, Wasfee Samsodien. Primrose posted a decent score of 125 for 5 and felt that it was a defendable total, especially when they look back at the final over of the match. It was a combined bowling effort from the boys, with 4 bowlers contributing to the wickets column, but the stand out man was Mujahid ‘Faanie’ Isaacs. Mujahid was phenomenally economical, ending with figures of 1 wicket for 8 runs in 4 over’s.

The runs chase began with some hiccups, but the middle order stabilised things, with new recruit Muneer Holmes, 23, and stalwart Taahir Adams, 20, setting us up for a thrilling finish. But it was a gem of an innings by Waleed Samsodien, 30*, that got us over the line.

We needed 12 runs off the final over, a daunting task, but the Samsodien brothers used all of their experience to ensure a great start to the season with a last ball victory against 1B veterans.

The next match of the day brought the boys back down to earth and perhaps it was needed to ensure that we kept our feet on the ground. Greenpoint CPUT chased down a rather mediocre score of 108 in the last over. Only the openers shined in this batting performance. Vice captain Taariq Behardien, 29, and another new recruit Waseem Amien, 43. Mujahid Isaacs again tried bravely with the ball, 2 for 16 in 3 over’s, but unfortunately we fell just short.

That ended a day of mixed emotions for The OCC, but what was to follow the next weekend would be nothing short of magical.

Our opponents for the day would be Tygerberg CC, playing at home, and Montrose CC, a club that plays most of its cricket in the top tiers of WPCA leagues.

First up was Tygerberg who posted a very decent score of 134 for 8 in their allotted 20 overs. 4 bowlers again collected wickets, 2 each, but once again Mujahid Isaacs stood out from the pack with his economical figures of 2 for 17 in his 4 over’s.

The OCC walked out to bat knowing that 135 would not be easy and a good start was needed. What we got was a solid start with M. Holmes, 52 and T. Behardien, 15, taking us past the first 10 over’s without losing a wicket. The run rate at the time was nothing to write home about and left us with a required rate of 9 runs per over for the last 10 over’s.

When Taariq lost his wicket and Qaasim Adams, 53*, yet another new recruit, walked to the crease to team up with Muneer, the spectators we treated to some truly phenomenal hitting.

Muneer started the bludgeoning, scoring his last 34 runs off 20 balls, with shots all around the wicket. But this only served to wet the appetite of one Q. Adams... Q stroked some truly magnificent 6’s, one that will live long in the memory was a whip come flick, with immense bat speed, over long on.

The score was eclipsed with 10 balls to spare, an absolute lifetime in this form of the game. Great performance from the boys in that game.

This set things up for the next match against Montrose’s, with the knowledge that a victory would secure top spot in the group.

Montrose were sent in to bat and posted 121 in the 20 overs. Again all the bowlers chipped in, but this time it was Taahir Adams that stood out with figures of 2 for 16 from 3 over’s.

It was a tough total, but a total that the boys would have always felt that they could get, especially after the solid start again provided by Mr. Holmes, 35, and captain for the match T. Behardien, 29.

From the first ball of the OCC innings it was destined that controversy would raise its ugly head and so it came to be... After the good start we lost 5 wickets very quickly and that saw us fall behind the 8 ball. Yet as much as we fell behind the run rate, Montrose and their captain fell behind the over rate.

With us now requiring 18 runs off the last over, THAT GUY, Mujahid Isaacs, 26*, smashed 3 consecutive boundaries off the first three balls of the final over. After some crazy confusion, the spectators realised that the umpires had, in fact, penalised MCC for a slow over rate and that we had done enough to win the game with 3 balls to spare.

That too ended a day of mixed emotions for The OCC... But this time those emotions were joy, happiness, relief and satisfaction mixed into one!

A job well done. The fruits of pre season hard work tasted... For now it’s sweet... Long way to go yet boys!!

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