MCA Players in the GLT

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.


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