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Dawn of a new 'golden era'

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Dawn of a new ‘golden era’

Surrey Estate’s Ottoman Cricket Club is pulling out all stops to win the Western Province Cricket Association’s 1B League and gain promotion to the 1A Division.

Mzoxolo Budaza

To get to the top, Ottoman have developed their junior structures in a way that the first team is able to draw from its ranks whenever the need arises.

The first team are third on the 1B log with an unbeaten record, after winning four and drawing two of their six two-day league matches.

They are involved in their seventh league match, away to Claremont. Former club captain and club member for 20 years, Taahir Adams, said the players were confident of pulling out another victory at the end of the matches second day on Saturday, February 9.

”We are involved in a tough match against Claremont. On day one, we batted first and scored 173 runs all out. Claremont are currently 190 runs for the loss of three wickets, with six overs remaining in their first innings,” said Adams.

The pick of our batsmen in our first innings was Aqeel Burns, who scored 40 runs,” he added.

In their attempt to get promotion, and remain in the 1A division, Ottoman are carefully nurturing their junior sides so that they would be ready when they get a chance to play for the first team.

Two weeks ago their under-13 side travelled to Khayelitsha to take on the home side in a limited overs league match at Khayelitsha Cricket Oval.

The condition and the state of the wicket were conducive for good cricket.

The match was not, by any means overshadowed by a first-team encounter between Khayelitsha and Cravenby on the other side of the stadium, as some parents went out to watch the juniors in action.

They were treated to a good game of cricket as some great shots and some good bowling spells were the order of the day.

Ottoman won the toss and elected to bat first. That paid off as their batsmen took advantage of the conditions and punished the opponents’ bowlers.

They recorded 164 runs for the loss of two wickets in their 30 overs, with Ismaeel Prince scoring 36 runs from 38 balls before retiring. Imraan Abrahams contributed 26 runs in 40 balls before retiring. Abdullah edries also retired after scoring 13 runs from 18 balls.

In reply, the home side’s batsmen didn’t really threaten Ottoman bowlers as they struggled to find their feet.

They were eventually bowled out for 64 runs in 16 overs. The pick of the bowlers for Ottoman was Umer Abrahams, who took three wickets for thirteen runs (with one maiden) in his four-over spell.

Ottoman won the match by eight wickets. Cassiem Parker, the manager of the junior side, said the game was played in high spirits.

However, he didn’t want to be drawn on the fact that his team outplayed Khayelitsha on the day.

“It was a good game, played in great facilities. Obviously, we picked up a few lessons that will help us improve. The statistics suggest that the game was one-sided but, in reality, it was not. The game was balanced and Khayelitsha gave us a good run for our money,” said Parker.

Parker said that junior cricket is crucial in any team’s success and well-being. We take our juniors seriously; we know they will one day be senior players. So it is up to us to steer them in that direction.

The Surrey Estate based club has a long and proud history. It was established in 1882 at Bo-Kaapand celebrated its 130th anniversary last year.

Ottoman’s club secretary, Ahmed Waggie said the club hosted their 10th annual international tournament in December, where a number of clubs from Malaysia took part.

The main focus of the tournament is to improve the standard of cricket in Malaysia. We are also trying to spread our wing beyond our borders. We are one of the oldest clubs in the province, hence we believe we are on the right track to doing that. We’ve managed to survive all these years without really having sponsorship,” said Waggie.

Club chairman, Rydwaun Salie, lists, among many others, the late Ebrahim Dollie, the late Armien fredericks, the late Ismail Jacobs, Ganief Dramat, Mogamat Salie, Achmat “Kef” Salie, Yusuf Fredericks, Yusuf Joseph and Taliep Salie as the people whose dedication and loyalty kept the club and its traditions alive.

The period between 1929 and 1947 is regarded as the “golden era” in the club’s history as they won the championship for eight consecutive years during that period.

“The club has a long and proud history. It will take the whole day if we try to discuss each and every aspect of it,” said Salie.

Ottoman continue to write that history as the first team set their eyes firmly on winning the division.

Call Rydwaun Salie on 083 442 8639 or Achmed Waggie on 072 621 7300 for more information.

(Athlone News - 06 February 2013)

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:44