Saturday’s fixture, re-arranged for 9.30 a.m. at Bloomer Park (to avoid a clash with Motown C.C.’s match against Greater Detroit C. C. – with the two clubs sharing so many players this year, a fixture clash might have meant forfeits for both clubs) saw MCA overwhelmed for only the second time in the season, with an eight-wicket loss to a proficient Toledo team. MCA had hopes for this match, having five senior men in the lineup, but the need to score runs quickly, with MCA batting first in a match shortened to eighteen overs, seemed to play on the minds of the Academy’s batsmen, four of whom “failed to trouble the scorer”. Coach Shyam Mayasandra, making a cameo appearance at the top of the order before disappearing to fulfill family obligations, scored nine quick runs before holing out, but by that time his fellow-opener, Gordon Makin, had already fallen – bowled unluckily off pad and elbow, with Gordon unable to find the ball as it trickled towards his stumps and then dislodged the bails. Kashif Akhtar hit a quick four before being bowled by one of several balls that kept low and that was slower than he had anticipated. Coach and Captain Vasanth Krishnaswami scored a patient 13, and while he was together with Murali Venkatapathy (top scorer with 20), things were looking up for the Academy, but when Murali fell, quickly followed by Anurag Yerabati, MCA were 55/5 off 12 overs, and there was no way back. Big-hitting Satish Thandapani and Chamila Kannangara were the last hopes for serious runs, but they both fell cheaply. MCA’s long tail wagged a bit, but not enough, although Pawan Canchi and Ryan Quinlan both battled, and when Neil Makin fell lbw in the eighteenth over to Rachit Singh, badly misreading the big man’s swing, MCA were all out for a very modest total, and Rachit was celebrating figures of 6/5 in less than four overs. MCA began to hope as Toledo failed to score at the required run rate off opening bowlers Chamila and Murali (4-2-6-1), but although Satish, Kashif, Gordon, and Pawan all bowled well, there were never enough runs to defend, and Toledo knocked off the required total in 13 overs, with only Murali’s dismissal of Utpal Patel lbw and Ryan’s run-out of Azmat Khan to console the Academy.
For the seven MCA players (Kashif, Vasanth, , Satish, Murali, Chamila, Gordon, and Neil) who stayed at Bloomer to play for Motown in the following forty-overs match, there was, however, some rapid consolation, as Motown, led by Kashif (67 and 3/23) defeated GDCC by 3 runs in a very tight match, to stay in the running for a place in the Super Sixes. MCA’s own final two fixtures of the first round of T20 matches are against Saginaw on Saturday, 10 July (Lyon Oaks), and Oakland University, on Sunday, 18 July (Bloomer Park).