Monthly Archives: May 2011

No MCA Practice This Weekend; News of CER Tournament

The weather, the holiday weekend, and ground availability all have conspired to ensure that there will be no MCA practice this weekend. The Academy wishes everyone a very pleasant break, and wishes all the very best to the MichCA team representing our league in the Central East Region tournament in the Chicago suburbs this weekend. Motown-MCA’s elegant stroke player Maniramprasad is in the squad, which is managed by MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra. The MichCA team faces a tough schedule (as published by the American Cricket Conference):

CER Championship pools:

POOL A: Midwest / GLCC / Directors XI

POOL B: Minnesota / MichCA / ACC

Match Schedule for Saturday May 28, 2011:

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MichCA V/S ACC @ Glendale Heights 1

Midwest V/S Directors XI @ GH2

GLCC V/S Minnesota @ Carol Stream

Match Schedule for Sunday May 29, 2011:

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ACC V/S Minnesota @ GH2

GLCC V/S Directors XI @ GH1

Midwest V/S MichCA @ Carol Stream

Monday May 30, 2011:

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CER Championship Finals will be played at GH1

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Late Change – MCA Practice Today (Friday) Lyon Oaks

MCA’s regular weekly practice will take place today, Friday 20 May, at 6 pm.

Motown-MCA’s 40-overs team plays its first match tomorrow at Belle Isle against Greater Detroit Cricket Club (one of the perennial top teams in the league). Spectators are very welcome.

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Plans for Tournaments: Washington, D.C.; California

MCA has been invited to send teams to tournaments in Washington D.C. (Memorial Day Weekend) and California (23-26 June, U-17).

MCA is, with the support of other cricket academies, trying to form teams for both tournaments. Please let MCA immediately if you are interested in participating in either tournament or both. A team for D.C. will have to be formed in the next few days if we are to participate.

The main expense in each case will be travel; for the California Tournament, the hosts will cover hotel costs and lunches.

Unfortunately, CCA has just informed us that there will be no U-13 bracket at their tournament.

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Joint Motown-MCA Practice, Thursday, 19 May, Lyon Oaks

MCA’s older players are invited to a shared practice with Motown Cricket Club, for whom several MCA players will be making regular appearances this season, at Lyon Oaks on Thursday, 19 May, at 6 pm. Motown membership fees for student players this year will be $200; players who wish to attend the Motown-MCA practices but do not want to be part of the Motown squad for the MichCA 40-overs league are asked to contribute $5 per practice.

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MCA Web Site Celebrates First Anniversary

In the last year followers of the game across the world have had plenty to read about: England retained the Ashes in Australia, winning a series down under for the first time in a generation; India hosted and won one of the most successful 50-overs World Cups ever; Ireland starred in the same tournament and then were excluded from the next; Pakistan produced another brilliant young bowler, only for his career to be interrupted by one of several scandals that kept the international sports media busy with cricket all year; the American cricket board, USACA, gave cricketers in this country plenty to think about (as usual); there were star performances from players as diverse as Alastair Cook, Sachin Tendulkar, and Kevin O’Brien among many, many others. Indeed, a lot of things have happened in the big cricketing world; but the much smaller world of Michigan youth cricket seems to have interested people, too. The current MCA web site, hosted by WordPress.com, is now almost exactly a year old. On 20th May 2010 the first posts were made to the site; since then it has hosted eighty posts (including this one); and, as of 4 pm on 12 May 2011, the site had had 8,394 views, not including those generated by the author of this post.

In a period of 144 hours during the last week the web site was visited not only by readers from all the predictable places in Michigan (Canton, Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Rochester Hills, Saginaw, Holland, etc, etc), but also from Des Plaines, IL, Mountain View, CA, Atlanta, GA, Arlington, VA, New York, NY, and Napoleon, OH. In the same six-day period there were also visitors from abroad. International readers came from (in reverse chronological order of visits): two towns in Cheshire, England; Karachi; an unidentified location in Japan; Mumbai; Valodara, Gujarat; Taipei; Lahore; Brisbane; Utrecht; and Hyderabad. That’s eleven foreign locations and seven countries other than the USA in just six days.  And since the end of that period the following can be added to the list of overseas locations detected this week by the Feedjit Live Traffic Feed recently added to the web site (see application to the right of this post): Antalya, Turkey; Mississauga, Canada;  Buenos Aires; Bijapur, Karnataka; Delhi; Hoshiarpur, Punjab. Only a few days ago, the director of a cricket academy in Australia found the MCA web site and immediately contacted the Academy, inviting MCA players to spend a month or two in Queensland (at, it must be added, no small expense, although MCA has been offered discounts – if you are interested, please let MCA know). Traffic on the web site is generally modest, but steady, with numbers over a typical day in the season ranging from ten to fifty (the highest numbers coming on days when MCA emails are sent out).

Last week there were 114 views, and so far the average number of view per day for this month is 15. The web site’s busiest day ever was 20 July, 2010, with 280 page views, most of them generated by a single story. But this was a unique situation, and that huge spike in views is unlikely to be repeated. Notwithstanding the significant numbers of visitors from outside Michigan, it can be assumed that the majority of page views are from MCA members. On the other hand, it is clear from the nature of the searches bringing visitors daily to the web site that many non-members are looking for news which might, if information were more readily available, be found elsewhere: a lot of searches are for details of CER tournaments and teams, or for academies, clubs and cricketers beyond MCA. In other words, some of the traffic on the MCA web site suggests an information vacuum in other parts of the regional cricketing world. The most searched-for item is, not surprisingly, “Michigan Cricket Academy” (167 searches in twelve months), but many local and regional topics also bring readers in – “Michigan Cricket” was searched for 19 times; “MichCA Cricket” 13, “Michigan Cricket Association” 8, “U.S Corporate Cricket” 7. Searches mentioning “CER” were made a total of 43 times, with “CER Cricket”, “CER U-15”, and “CER Cricket Team” leading the way. The web site was also used to search for information about cricket clubs and grounds in the area (“University of Michigan Cricket”, “Motown C. C.”, “Hartland Cricket Ground”, etc), and beyond: “Florida” occurred in eleven search terms, with “Florida Cricket Academy” the most frequent of those searches (eight); however, there were no searches that included the word “California” (CCA has a very well-maintained web site).

Readers may be curious to learn not only what but also whom browsers searched for. It will surprise few that the most searched-for individual from MCA is Joint Head Coach, Shyam Mayasandra (fourteen total searches, placing coach Shyam in a three-way tie for most-searched for living person), followed by MCA Information Director, Michael Makin (13); Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami was searched for 6 times, while MichCA Youth Coordinator Avinash Kommireddy was searched for a flattering 11 times. Among MCA players, the most popular to date are Kishan Patel (14 searches in some seven different categories), Rohit Mogalayapalli (12) and Anurag Yerabati (11); Shannu Satyavolu (4) and Gordon Makin (4) also enjoy a modicum of popularity, but were less searched for than non-MCA cricketers Anurag Tripathi (14), Tanmaya Sambare (7), Paarth Joshi (7), and Akhil Sridher (5). MCA guest player and Motown C. C. club captain Kashif Akhtar (13) joins MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra, MCA player Kishan Patel, and the University of Michigan captain Anurag Tripathi as the most searched-for living cricketers on the web site.

Lots of charming and/or eccentric searches have also brought viewers to the MCA web pages, among which the most engaging might be “I want to play cricket in Bloomer Park” (a single search). In other areas there has been less activity.

Only one person (the author of this post) is currently subscribed to receive email updates every time a new post is made, and the MCA Twitter account is barely more popular, although the hook-up with Facebook generates some interest (36 people “liked” the MCA posts last week). Most notable of all, however, is the fact that, notwithstanding regular invitations, no one other than MCA’s Information Director has written anything for the web site (and comments on posts are also very uncommon). Clearly, MCA members, with one obvious exception, do not harbor ambitions to challenge the legacy of Neville Cardus… As the Academy grows, it is hoped that the web site will provide more and more information and serve more and more diverse informational needs. And, as ever, MCA members are encouraged to let the Academy know both their opinions of the web site in general, and, especially, their suggestions for improvements.

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MCA Practice Saturday; Joint Practice with Motown

MCA will hold the Academy’s regular early-season practice session at Lyon Oaks cricket ground (52221 Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48993-1917) this Saturday, 14 May, from 5 to 7 pm. After this week, with the 40-overs league beginning, watch out for a new practice schedule. Senior and junior players, experienced and novices are all welcome. Please pass the news on to anyone you think might be interested in joining the Academy this season.

MCA continues to develop plans for an instructional league for younger players; Joint Head Coaches Shyam Mayasandra and Vasanth Krishnaswami are working on the details.

MCA’s older players are also invited to a shared practice with Motown Cricket Club, for whom several MCA players will be making regular appearances this season, at Lyon Oaks on Thursday, 12 May, at 6 pm.

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USACA U-17 Tournament “Postponed”

DreamCricket has reported that the national U-17 tournament planned for Memorial Day Weekend has been “postponed”, following the cancellation of the ICC Americas U-17 Tournament, originally scheduled for 3-10 July in Toronto. Peter Della Penna, DreamCricket and Cricinfo correspondent, quotes Manaf Mohamed of USACA in an article posted on the DreamCricket web site on 27 April:

“We have not canceled it, we’ve just postponed it,” said USACA General Manager Manaf Mohamed. “We don’t want it to interfere with school schedules.” A new date has not been decided, but Mohamed said he anticipates the tournament will now be held late in the summer.

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MCA Practice, Saturday 7 May, 5-7 pm

MCA will hold the Academy’s regular early-season practice session at Lyon Oaks cricket ground (52221 Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48993-1917) this Saturday, 30 April, from 5 to 7 pm. After this week, with the 40-overs league beginning, watch out for a new practice schedule.

Senior and junior players, experienced and novices are all welcome. Please pass the news on to anyone you think might be interested in joining the Academy this season. This season MCA will combine with Motown Cricket Club to field a team in the MichCA 40-overs tournament; older players interesting in joining the squad should let MCA information director Michael Makin know as soon as possible. MCA also plans an instructional league for younger players; Joint Head Coaches Shyam Mayasandra  and

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MCA/Motown Midweek Practice Proposed This Week

MCA Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami has proposed a joint MCA/Motown practice this week at Lyon Oaks. He is available to run a session on Wednesday (4 May) or Thursday (5 May). Please let him or MCA’s Information Director know immediately if you are interested in participating and provide details of your availability for each evening. Those who contact MCA will be informed of further details.

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