Ershaad Ali blasts 41-ball 138 in tapeball contest for Mahdia
Mahdia’s tapeball team had a productive weekend with convincing wins in Berbice and Durban Park.
The Movements Family-sponsored team played a series of matches over the weekend in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On Sunday, they clashed with a formidable city side, Team Corruption, and had a comprehensive 54-run victory in the 15-over contest.
Ershaad Ali led the way with a cracking 138 from just 41 balls, which piloted Mahdia to a mammoth 276-4. The lanky left-hander struck 19 sixes and two fours before he was dismissed by former National Youth player, Carlos LaRose.
Ali and another National Youth player, Omesh Danram hammered 146 run in nine overs for the second wicket.
Danram too joined in on the six-fest, cracking six maximums in his 53 off 24 balls, before he too fell to LaRose.
Beepaul Bandoo (25) and Ali added 100 in four overs for the fourth wicket, while Andre Gibson had a 9-ball 19 and Ryan Adams was unbeaten on nine.
LaRose was the pick of the bowlers for Team Corruption with 3-25 from three overs, while Christopher Rajkumar had 1-35 in two overs.
In response, Team Corruption gave a valiant effort, but still fell short at 222-3. Nizam Khan was unlucky not to get a century, as he made an unbeaten 99 from 38 balls in which he smashed 12 sixes and two fours.
Daniel Ross made an unbeaten 60 (5x6s; 3x4s) off 25 balls, while there were useful contributions from Treatton Liverpool (26), Alex Rodrigues (23), and Wayne Joseph (21).
Ali returned to take 2-31 in three overs, while Raydon Austin had 1-41 in his three overs.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Mahdia clashed with Name Brand XI at Goed Bananen Land, East Canje, Berbice, in two 10-over matches.
In the first, Mahdia made 117-6 with Adams making 31* off nine and Ricardo Adams 29* off 19 as Latchman Ramotar took 3-14 off two overs.
In response, Name Brand XI responded with 70 all out in 9.3 overs; Steve DeFreitas was the only batsman to reach double figures making 18.
Adams took 3-12 off 1.3 overs and Austin, Keon Sinclair, and Ali took two wickets apiece.
The second clash was similar to the first, with Mahdia racking up 115-5 led by skipper Gibson with 51 and Adams with 29.
Martin Singh and Devin Haimchandraji had 3-14 and 2-19 respectively, but their side’s batting improved to make 98-7 led by Ramnarine Jugisteer (29) and Sasenarine Sukha (23).
Austin was the pick of the bowlers for Mahdia, taking 2-14 in two overs.