MCA has decided to enter a team in MichCA’s National Collegiate Cricket Championship, in which teams from the University of Michigan, Michigan State, the University of Toledo, Wayne State, Oakland University and other regional institutions will compete. The NCCC will be played over two weekends, beginning on October 9. MCA’s team will be led by Kishan Patel ((relatively) fresh from his hat trick for CER U-19s in the Western Conference of the national U-19 regional tournament a few weeks ago) and will be supervised by MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra. Any MCA players interested in participating should let MCA know of their interest immediately.
Monthly Archives: September 2010
Following the end of MichCA’s main T20 and 40-overs competitions, some twenty teams competed in the Great Lakes Tournament, which reaches its climax this weekend. Rochester Hills plays Greater Toledo Whites, and Canton plays Greater Toledo Blues on Saturday in the semi-finals, followed by the final at Bloomer Park on Sunday morning. The outstanding success of Toledo, with both of the club’s teams reaching the semi-finals, thus making an all-Toledo final a possibility, is clearly the story of the tournament, but for MCA the excellent form of the Academy’s youth players, who played for sister club Motown C.C. was most encouraging. Motown did not make the playoffs, and took only two points in the group stage, but Chamila Kannangara, Anurag Yerabati,
Deepak Chilla, and Gordon Makin all won praise from Motown captain Kashif Akhtar, who felt that the MCA contingent had played particularly well in Motown’s last match, against a strong GDCC team. Deepak and Anurag bowled early in the match to good effect, and Chamila came on later to wipe up the GDCC tail. While GDCC set Motown a big target, all of the MCA bowlers distinguished themselves with economical bowling (Anurag was on a hat trick at one point). All three of the MCA seniors made runs when Motown batted, giving Motown at least some hope of chasing down the 180-plus target, each of them looking comfortable in the role of middle-order T20 batsmen asked to score quickly; and as the Motown innings petered out, Gordon Makin was left undefeated, playing out the final overs confidently. In Motown’s other match in the tournament, against Ann Arbor, all four also made contributions and looked good: Anurag, Chamila, and Gordon took a total of five wicket (two each for Anurag and Chamila, and one for leg spinner Gordon, who – in an adventurous move by Kashif Akhtar – took the new ball and removed Ann Arbor’s dangerous opener Gagan). In Motown’s reply, Deepak and Chamila both reached double figures. A fifth MCA player was in the Motown side against Ann Arbor – Neil Makin, who fielded competently, but neither batted nor bowled.
MCA’s T20 season ended on 22 August at the Hartland ground, when defeat to Anurag Tripathi’s UM team gave the latter the Contenders’ Trophy. MCA won the toss and captain Shyam Mayasandra had no hesitation in choosing to bat. MCA opened with a familiar father-and-son combination – coach and captain Shyam Mayasandra was joined at the crease by Ani Mayasandra. MCA hearts fell when the captain was well caught at deep mid-wicket without scoring, but Ani hit the ball hard and consistently to give MCA a chance, despite a lack of partners with any longevity. His 34 was by far the top score, with only Coach Vasanth Krishnawami (17) joining him in double figures. Next on the list was Gordon Makin, batting at no. 8, who made nine before being run out in the last over of the MCA innings. A final score of 93 did not look enough, and was not. Motown captain and regular MCA guest player Kashif Akhtar (a right-hander, whose shoulder problems have seen him bowl left in the last few weeks) took 2/26 in his four-over spell, but the MCA captain was the only other wicket-taker, and the students knocked off the runs with a full nine overs to spare, Suhanth top-scoring with 29, and Allab and captain Anurag seeing the University home, unbeaten on 12 and 10, respectively, at the end.
A disappointing end to the season, but, as MCA players look back on the year, there should be plenty of grounds for optimism, with every youth player making significant improvements: the front-line bowling was much more penetrative and more economical than last year; every regular batsman scored runs and produced innings where he look comfortable and in control at the crease; and MCA ended the season with a better record than last year.