Monthly Archives: May 2010

MCA wins Memorial Day Weekend Tournament

Michigan Cricket Academy’s annual Memorial Day Weekend Tournament, played this year in round-robin between the hosts, MichCA Colts, GLCC Colts, and a Chicago Combined team was won by the hosts on net-run-rate, after a three-way tie between MCA, GLCC (runners-up), and MichCA, all of whom finished with two wins and one loss.  The tournament was mixed age, with teams allowed to field up to 4 U-21 players, while every other player was required to be U-19 or younger.  MVP of the tournament was Srijay Kumar (Chicago), best bowler Salman Ahmed (GLCC), and best batsman Jay Nirban (MCA).  Full report and pictures to follow shortly.


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Memorial Day Weekend Tournament Schedule

MCA is pleased to announce the provisional schedule for the 2010 Memorial Day Weekend Tournament (see below, provisional playing conditions also attached).  Four teams are participating: a Combined Chicago team, MichCA Colts, GLCC Colts, and MCA.

The MCA squad, captained by Kishan Patel, is asked to gather at Lyon Oaks tomorrow (Friday) for a practice session at 6 pm.

For further details, please contact MCA’s Information Director, Michael Makin, or Joint Head Coach, Shyam Mayasandra.

Date/Time Bloomer Lyon Oaks
05/29 9:00am CYC vs MCA MichCA  vs GLCC
05/29 2:00pm CYC  vs MichCA MCA vs GLCC
05/30 9:00am CYC vs GLCC MCA  vs MichCA
05/30 2:00pm Closing Ceremony

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Battling MCA falls to the University of Michigan XI in T20 League

MCA vs University of Michigan XI, Sunday, 23May, Canton C. C. Ground: U. of M. XI 141/8 (20 overs) defeated MCA, 120/8 (20 overs) by twenty-one runs.

Facing a winless U. of M. XI, MCA thought they might have a chance of a second successive victory for the first time in the MichCA T20 league, but graduate student Raghuram Katragadda, who represented his university in his native India, thought otherwise, and his splendid, chanceless 67 saw to it that the students (all but one graduate students) posted a competitive 141.  When MCA captain and coach Shyam Mayasandra fell to the second ball of the MCA innings, the Academy was in trouble, and despite an excellent 20 from thirteen-year-old opener Rohit Mogalayapalli, an anchoring 23 from Kishan Patel, and a stunning 18 n.o. in nine balls from tenth man Jeet Nirban, MCA could not accumulate its runs fast enough.

After forty minutes of energetic work on a partially waterlogged Canton field (one MCA parent arrived with wood chips and cat litter in his vehicle, and once they were used up, players were dispatched to the Canton Park’s mulch pile for further supplies), Shyam Mayasandra won the toss, and judging that the ball would swing early, while later the outfield would be quicker, put the students in.  Their openers fell early to Kishan Patel (2/21 in four overs) and Chamila Kananngara (1/9 in two), who made good use of the new ball.  Anurag Yerabati was equally economical, taking 1/9 in two overs; Ani Mayasandra bowled two good overs for 10, Deepak Chilla contained well, too, while the spin of Kashif Akhtar and Pawan Canchi also took a wicket a piece, with Kashif dismissing the only Michigan man apart from Katragadda to reach double figures – all-rounder Vijay.  Jeet Nirban (1/9) not only took an excellent catch in the covers, but also saw to it that Kartik left the wicket after scoring nine.  MCA’s two youngest players on the day were given an over each near the end of the UM innings, when Katragadda was set, and found it difficult to keep the batsmen under control, but apart from those two overs, MCA bowled with exemplary economy, and also fielded well. 

Katragadda’s innings was an exemplary display of what the rest of the cricketing world regards as classic sub-continental batsmanship – wristy ground shots, with the ball worked off his legs square and behind square with consummate ease – and spectators were full of admiration for his efforts, not least when team mates were falling cheaply around him.  Nonetheless, at the innings break, MCA felt far from out of the match.

However, when Shyam Mayasandra, trying to hit his way out of a slump, holed out at deep midwicket off the second ball of the innings (from UM’s best bowler, Anurag Tripathi), things looked bleak for MCA, but Rohit Mogalayapalli, who batted thirteen overs for his twenty, Kishan Patel, and Jeet Nirban all put in strong performances with the bat, to make sure that MCA ended the match almost within touching distance of the opposition score – Kishan showing an excellent combination of circumspection and aggression before an unfortunate runout, and Jeet showing superb late-order mastery of the T20 genre, as indicated not only by daring shots, but also by a strike rate of 200.  Earlier, Kashif Akhtar, batting two down, had looked likely to turn the match around with 10 off successive balls, but fell attempting another six, caught in the deep.

Although this match did not provide the excitement of the victory over HFHS the week before, it was another sign of progress for the Academy, and offers hope for a season of improved performances.

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No MCA Practice this Weekend; no Motown Practice on Wednesday; Tournament details forthcoming

Motown will not hold practice this week at Lyon Oaks, nor will MCA. 

Full details of the MCA Memorial Day Weekend Tournament will be available within the next couple of days. MichCA and GLCC have both committed teams, and MCA is currently in talks with CER and other officials in Chicago.  We hope to have more news to convey by the end of today (Wednesday).

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Fixture List

MichCA has published the fixture list for the rest of the regular season (but note that modifications are still possible). 

Below are the T20 fixtures for MCA, and also the fixtures for Motown C. C., for whom a number of MCA members play. 
Note the new date for the MCA fixture vs Toledo, now on a Saturday. 

The home team is listed first:


Sunday, 6 June, 2.30 pm, Ann Arbor C.C. vs MCA @ Canton
Sunday, 13 June, 2.30 pm, Troy C. C. vs MCA @ Hartland
Sunday, 20 June, 10.30 am, MCA vs Greater Detroit @ Lyon Oaks
Saturday, 26 June, 10.30 am, MCA vs Toledo, @ Hartland
Saturday, 10 July, 2.30 pm, MCA vs Saginaw, @Lyon Oaks
Sunday, 18 July, 2.30 pm, Oakland University vs MCA @ Bloomer


Saturday, 5 June, Toledo vs Motown @ Toledo
Saturday, 12 June, Motown vs Troy, @ Belle Isle
Saturday, 19 June, Motown vs Grand Rapids, @ Hartland
Saturday, 26 June, Greater Detroit vs Motown, @ Bloomer
Sunday, 11 July, Motown vs Michigan C. C. @ Toledo

Full MichCA Fixtures Until July

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MCA Team vs University of Michigan XI

From Coach Shyam:

Playing XII:

2. Chamila
3. Kishan,
4. Jay,
5. Jeet,
6. Deepak,
7. Pawan,
8. Ani
9. Gordon,
10. Rohit,
11. Kashif
12. Shyam (c.)

 Coach Shyam adds:

“I would appreciate if everybody reports to the all important practice before the match on Saturday. It was simply because of the practice that we won last week. Those who haven’t paid should bring their dues this Sat/Sun.”

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Next T20 Fixture: vs University of Michigan XI, Canton, Sunday, 23 May

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Next Practice: Lyon Oaks, 6 p.m. Saturday, 22 May

MCA Practice, Lyon Oaks, 6 p.m. Saturday, 22 May 

MCA will hold its regular practice at 6pm on Saturday, at the Lyon Oaks ground.  If you know of non-MCA members who might be interested in coming to the practice and/or joining the Academy, please forward this email to themCoach Vasanth Krishnaswami reminds MCA players and families that everyone intending to play for the MCA T20 team or to represent MCA in tournaments is expected to attend our weekly practices.  He also asks that those of you who cannot attend the Saturday practices attend Motown practices at Lyon Oaks every Wednesday (usually starting shortly after six), under the supervision of Motown captain and MCA frequent guest player Kashif Akhtar.  Annual club fees for Motown are only $150 for students, and by paying them you will make yourself eligible to be considered for selection to play in Motown’s 40-over league matches (usually played on Saturdays).

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MCA defeats Henry Ford Health Systems in T20 League

MCA vs Henry Ford Health Systems, Sunday, 16 May, Canton C. C. Ground: HFHS 100/7 (20 overs) lost to MCA, 101/6 (18.3 overs) by four wickets; MichCA Man of the Match – Kishan Patel 

HFHS, new to MichCA this season, won the toss and elected to bat. Only opener Abdul (Ali) Ahmad made double figures for the newcomers, scoring 41- top score in the match — before falling lbw to Kishan Patel in the eighteenth over; however, Sridhar Kolluri (9), keeper Lokesh Jayachandran (6), and Arbab-Ali Syed (7 not out) helped boost HFHS’s total in the final overs, Syed bringing up the hundred with the penultimate ball of the innings, to the delight of his team mates. Kishan had opened the match with a maiden; in the third over he dismissed opener Nilesh Gupta lbw for two, and returned later in the innings, first to break the fourth-wicket partnership of 44 between Ahmad and Kolluri (the biggest in the HFHS innings), by bowling Kolluri, and then to dismiss Ahmad, in all taking three key wickets for 19 in four accurate, quick overs; Rohit Mogalayapalli (age 13) opened from the other end and also maintained a good line and length to take 2/14 in 3 overs, putting HFHS in some trouble by sending the off stump of their number three, Ramprasad Suribhotla, spinning for three, leaving the doctors at a precarious 14/2. Anurag Yerabati (1/11; he also kept for the last ten overs), Aniruddha Mayasandra (0/5 in two overs), and Deepak Chilla (1/12 in three overs) kept the HFHS batsmen quiet and took the remaining wickets to fall, while MCA débutant Jeet Nirban (who conceded eleven runs in three overs), Gordon Makin (who had kept for the first ten overs), and Pawan Canchi also kept the run-rate down in the “slog overs”, before Kishan and Rohit returned to choke HFHS; the last two overs were bowled by Deepak and Jeet, for a total of eleven runs, including one leg bye. MCA fielded well and limited the extras to 27, a relatively modest total for a youth side (the oldest bowler for MCA was twenty).

MCA, playing with only two senior men (Coach and Captain Shyam Mayasandra and Motown C. C. Captain Kashif Akhtar), chased down their target largely thanks to Man of the Match Kishan Patel (28 not out) and fifteen-year-old Aniruddha Mayasandra (24 not out), whose six into the covers off Gopal in the eighteenth over settled MCA nerves. Earlier, a second-wicket stand of 27 between MCA’s second débutant Jay Nirban, twin brother of Jeet (11), and Gordon Makin (4) provided the foundation for the successful run chase, after Shyam Mayasandra had fallen lbw for two, trying to pull a ball from fellow captain Prasad Rao; later Kishan, with a well-constructed innings, led the chase, while wickets fell around him (including that of the other senior player, Kashif Akhtar, for 2), until he was joined by left-hander Aniruddha, batting six down and with the match result still very much in doubt. Told to play his natural game, Ani hit the ball hard, especially delighting his team mates with his six, only the second of the entire match (the other was hit by Ahmad whose innings also included two fours – the total number of boundaries scored by HFHS; Kishan hit MCA’s only 4). The unbroken, match-winning seventh-wicket stand for 52, between Kishan and Ani, was the biggest partnership of the match. HFHS’s bowling was led by the splendid Nilesh Gupta, coming on second-change, and taking 3/10, including a wicket maiden; he consistently beat the bat with excellent movement and gave HFHS serious hope of victory, dismissing Gordon (playing on to a ball outside off stump), Kashif Akhtar (caught behind), and Deepak (clean bowled). Also among the wickets for HFHS were Prasad Rao, who took the new ball (1/19 in 4), Ahmad (1/18 in 4), and Syed (1/14 in 2).

This was the newcomers’ first match in MichCA, and they played with great enthusiasm and commitment, aided by some experienced imports. The Academy side, now in their second season in the T20 league, took great delight in recording their first victory of the new season, with Captain and Coach Shyam Mayasandra particularly pleased that all the heavy lifting had been done by youth players. After the match, HFHS were generous in their praise of MCA’s bowlers (average age –15¾).  One distinguished MichCA player, a guest on the doctors’ side, wrote to MCA: “I was very much impressed with Anurag’s bowling yesterday especially the ball that got me bowled.  He was swinging in most of the deliveries and all of a sudden swung one out. …Even though I got bowled cheaply I was happy that I got bowled to a good delivery”.  He added, “The MCA team has improved a lot in the last year, especially in the bowling department. There is lot more discipline than last year…”.  In his turn, MCA Coach and Captain Shyam Mayasandra also praised the sporting attitude and support for our players shown by Sunday’s opponent.

Summary Score Sheet

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