Sharjah, Mar 2: The finals of the second edition of the Gersan Elektrik Mangalore Cricket League was held in Vision Cricket Ground, Sharjah on February 26, 2021. Eight teams battled it out for six weeks and two of the deserving teams Wels Gladiators and AB Cricketers who had not lost a single match in the league stages made it out to the finals.
AB Cricketers coming into finals with one of the best frontline bowling attacks could not hold on to the aggressive batting displayed by Wels Gladiators batsman to put a massive total on the board. Having put in to bat first Wels Gladiators, even though lost their prolific run scorer Devi Prasad in the third over, put up a 150-run partnership for the second wicket in 66 balls laying the platform for a mammoth total. Notable innings by Rathesh Poojary 86(39) and Ajith Nalluraya 57(36) at the start and then some power hitting by Rakshith 39(14) at the death helped Wels Gladiators to put up 244/6 on the board.
With a required run rate of 12.2 required per over, AB Cricketers went for their shots from the very first over losing wickets in heaps. By the end of the powerplay AB cricketers had lost half their side with only 35 runs on board. For Wels Gladiators Pradeep Hegde, Rizwan Kodi and Ajith Somashekhar all chipped in with three wickets a piece to bundle out AB cricketers for 86 in 14.1 overs.
A win well deserved for Wels Gladiators displaying excellent cricket both with bat and bowl throughout the tournament.
The final Post-match presentationwas graced by the presence of below dignitaries:
• HitamberAttavar, Regional Director - GersanElektrik: MainSponsor of MCL Season 2.
• Sayyed Faisal Hussain, Managing Director - AutoDeal Automotive: Support Sponsor for Team MCC.
• Robinson Rodrigues - Founder of Team MCC
The winning trophy was presented by HitamberAttavarto Wels Gladiators.
• Prashanth D’Souza, AB Cricketers: Most Valuable Player: 203 Runs & 5 Wkts
• Lionel Fernandes, AB Cricketers: Best Bowler of theTournament: 4 M,9 W Eco 8.31&Avg 12.0
• Puneet Kumar,IX on Top: Best Batsman of theTournament: 4 Inn 246 R, Avg 246.00 SR 198.39
• Wilfred Mendonca, Team Kannada MoviesBest Keeper of the Tournament: 4 M, 8 Dismissals, 1 Cat, 1 R/O
• RatheshPoojary, Wels Gladiators: Man of Match for Finals: 86 (39)