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.