MCA plays its third T20 match of the season on Sunday, at 10.30 a.m., vs the University of Michigan XI, at the new Canton ground (near 1010 South Canton Center Road Canton, MI 48188, in Heritage Park; drive to the back of the park, past the baseball fields and turn left into the parking lot behind the large storage building; park at the far end of the parking lot and walk between the soccer pitches to the back field, which is behind a line of trees and across a small creek; there are no benches, tables, or shelters at the cricket ground, so bring your own if you’d like to sit down in the shade).
Sixteen players have declared themselves available for this match. MCA may field a squad of twelve, so there will, inevitably, be some disappointed players when the team is announced this week. As noted above, MCA Coaches have spoken of the importance they attach to attending practice and working hard beyond match days, and, it can be assumed, they are also attentive to performance in matches. Remember, if you are not selected for Sunday’s match, there will be other opportunities, especially for everyone who shows the necessary commitment to improvement.
We are, again, the home team on Sunday, so, if you are selected, please arrive by 9.30 — not only must players warm up with the Captain, but, as the home team, they must also help set up for the match (boundary, inner circle, stumps, set up scorers’ chairs, our own water coolers, etc). There is a lot to carry, and it all has to be carried some way, so please come on time and help with the set-up, as with clearing up afterwards. At the suggestion of an MCA parent, we have decided not to bring flats of bottled water, but simply coolers; please bring a water bottle for yourself, marked with your name, you will be able to refill it from MCA coolers. This is less expensive for the club, better for the environment, and leaves less for players to clean up afterwards.
If you have not yet paid your dues, please don’t forget them on Sunday: league fee — $100; uniform fee — $30; practice fee for the entire season — $250. All MCA members should wear MCA uniforms for the match. If you have not done so already, make sure to collect your shirt and trousers on Sunday. MichCA will penalize late-arriving teams this year, please be on time. And this year, you must wear whites, including primarily white shoes, and white socks. Umpires have been asked to prevent players not dressed according to MichCA rules from taking the field.