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Perfect Weekend for the OCC...

Perfect Weekend for the OCC...

M. Isaacs

5 out of 5! Top marks for all OCC senior teams...

The festive season was greeted with a bang by the 4 senior teams. A total of 5 matches was completed over the last 2 weekends, three 2-day league matches and two 3B 1 day league matches. All ending in resounding victories.

We will start with the First XI...

After a true baptism of fire the first XI sought to put things right against Edgemead CC, their fellow promoted team.

The team started with a bang when M. Holmes, 41, and W. Amien, 57, put on a very good opening partnership. This was followed up by man of the match, Q. Adams, scoring 78. This provided the platform that was needed to begin the resurgence of the First XI in the 1B league.

The team went on to score 231/9 in the first innings. It was then the turn of the bowlers. We saw the welcome return of Saadiq Davids who proved his worth later in the innings with figures of 3 for 27. Before that Riyaad “Boena” Peters showed just what he is capable of when in top form, also returning figures of 3 for 27. Qaasim decided that his 78 with the bat was not all that he would contribute on day 1 and proceeded to take 3 wickets for 24 runs in the 8 over’s given to him by the skipper.

Edgemead were stumbled out for 121 and Wasfee enforced the follow on. Edgemead used the week’s break to take stock and came back on day 2 to provide a sterner test for Boena and Co. Boena proved equal to the task and notched 4 scalps to end with 4 for 46, and I would like to personally thank Riyaad’s form for returning. Q chipped in yet again taking 2 wickets in 4 overs.

A name that has been missing from the wickets column and these match reports, is Waleed Samsodien. Waleed did the bulk of the bowling in the 2nd innings and took 2 wickets and let’s hope that this is a taste of what is to come for the rest of the season. So... Edgemead scored 193, setting the OCC a target of 83.

And If you are still wondering why Q. Adams was man of the match, he threw in another, unbeaten, half century for good measure to wrap up the match and secure a near perfect 24.525 log points.

So, while we would not say the corner has been turned on our season just yet, there is no better way to start. I am sure the boys will take huge confidence into the New Year...

 

And speaking about confidence... no one could possibly be more confident than 2nd XI captain, Riyaad Abrahams. In his first year at the helm, he boasts an unbeaten record, with only a thrilling tie in the first league match of the season as a blemish on that record.

The 2nd XI quite sensationally dispatched Somerset West CC, scoring a mammoth 308/5 in the first innings. Riyaad only needed to call on his top 6 batsmen to do the job, with his card reading Z. Peterson - 53, S. Adams - 58, T. Abrahams - 41, R. Goliath - 25, F. Adams - 62* and I. Martin - 53. Certainly the selectors will now be scratching their heads a lot harder (good luck gents).

The Somerset West innings was a spinner’s show, with Taahir and Faggles taking 5 and 3 wickets respectively and it was only sloppy fielding that allowed SWCC to reach their total of 199 all out. This team finally showed a crack, with over 5 catches being dropped, proving they are human after all.

This problem was quickly rectified, when on day 1 SWCC followed on, ending the day on 16 for 5 and the rest of the match turned into the Mujaahid Isaacs show. He stormed to figures of 7 for 54 in 16 over’s, claiming 8 wickets for the match and of course, was the root cause for SW being bowled out for 114.

Thus leaving our opening pair to pad up for 5 runs and securing a 10 wicket victory and a perfect 26 log points added to the kitty.

MOM is a tough one to call with T. Abrahams contributing with bat and ball, 41 runs and a five-for, but my vote goes to M. Isaacs for his 8 wicket haul.

 

It seems the winning culture does not stop there, as the 3rd XI continued on their unbeaten run, making it 3 wins and 3 draws in the 6 matches played thus far.

Frank’s men produced a solid performance against a Khayalitsha side that showed a lot of fight and grit. Frank himself took the responsibility with the bat, scoring 49 on the way to a team total of 177, receiving good support from N. Marcus and G. Berdien.

An unspectacular performance with the ball meant that the game was left in the balance with only a 15 run lead and Khayalitsha getting more bonus points than us. However, this team is very quickly proving themselves as a second innings team, when yet again they blasted the opposition bowling attack to all parts of the ground.

An opening stand that produced 61 runs in the first 10 over’s, N. Marcus – 22 and I. Adams - 57, provided the platform for a team total of 260 for 4 setting the opposition 276 for victory. The top 6 really showed the class and their intent to begin to pressurise the 2nd XI batsmen, just to ensure that they do not rest on any laurels. Brent Piedt came in at 3 scoring and classy and technically sound 37, falling only when attempting to push up the run rate. Ironically, the fall of his wicket did just that. He gave way for the unforgiving, master blaster, Loudien Ahmed. Loudien and Ganief, 40*, put together a century partnership in an absolute blink of an eye. Loudien dispatching 10 sixes on his way to 81. Yes you read right... 10 sixes!!!

So with an absolute mountain of runs Frank’s men set off to take the 9 wickets required for victory.

Frank took the new ball hoping that some spin would confuse the openers on this batsmen’s paradise and if not for a dropped catch, it would have worked. The Khayalitsha batsmen did not share my sentiment that 276 was out of reach and proceeded to dispatch the ball to all parts, including one over where Frank was hit for 3 sixes.

G. Parker was introduced and began to stem the flow of runs by taking a couple of wickets. However, with 5 wickets down, Khayalitsha began cruising again and one of their batsmen reached his half century and seemed to be hitting boundaries at will. Frank finally introduced A. Waggie into the attack, who bowled with aggression to take 2 quick wickets and provide the impetus that was needed to wrap up the tail.

Another good victory, but a major concern will be the 1st innings performances. All bonus points come from the first innings and this will definitely prove crucial come end of the season.

 

Last but certainly not least we have a look at the 4th XI. I say not least, because a quick audit of the season could easily have them top of the table when it comes to the team of the year competition, or at least a very close 2nd.

Oufie’s men are on a run of 5 wins in a row and in the last 2 weeks have beaten Somerset West CC and Northerns Goodwood CC by 6 wickets and 24 runs respectively.

They made light work of SWCC, by bowling them out for 75 and proceeding to overhaul that in 26 over’s. As you can imagine the batsmen were not able to score much runs, but Faheem Slamong and Luke vd Rheede scored 37 and 22 to see us through. Before that it was yet again Said and Sonday who ripped the opposition apart taking 4 and 3 wickets respectively.

Last weekend saw the 4th XI take on NGCC in a more tightly contested match. On the back of a Luke vd Rheede half century, 52, F. Said and S. Martin ably backed him up with 44 and 42, to take the team to a total of 226/8 in the allotted 35 over’s.

The bowling innings was not as effective as the previous 4 weeks, as the openers were dispatched for 8 rpo in the first 6. It took the spinning magic of Abdul Maliek, 3/28, to stem the tide and begin the inroads.

Y. Jaffer then took 3 wickets in his return spell, Sonday chipped in yet again and Oufie was happy to announce a perfect 5 week period. Long may it continue!!!

To sum it all up... A perfect matchday for the OCC. Depth aplenty in all positions. Remember though boys... the season is only halfway and this is the time to keep our heads down, feet on the floor and focus on the job that lies ahead.

For now though... let us sing those three little words...

“The more you sweat on practise... The less you bleed in battle!!!”