Monthly Archives: June 2011

Beyond MCA: Another Star Performance for Guest Player from MCA

Since Motown-MCA had no fixture last weekend there were plenty of opportunities for MCA regulars not playing in California to put in guest appearances for other teams. Pawan Canchi, Anurag Yerabati, who starred for Vikings last week, Deepak Chilla, and Chamila Kannangara were among the MCA players who appeared either for Great Lakes Cricket Academy or for the Vikings last weekend, in the GLCC 40-overs and 20-overs leagues respectively. But pride of place must go this week to fourteen-year-old Rohit Mogalayapalli, whose 81 led GLCA to a 30-run victory (their first win of the season) over Advanced Technology Group C. C. at Bloomer on Saturday. MCA does not have any official all-time records for youth cricket performances in the state of Michigan, but it is widely suspected that this is the highest score ever made by a U-15 cricketer in a league match in Michigan.

Meanwhile, at the Meijer Games of Michigan Cricket Tournament at Grand Rapids on Sunday, MCA Specialist Coach Dr V. V. Giri and MCA’s Information Director had a more sedate cricketing assignment: they worked as TV commentators for Grand Rapids Public Television station WKTV. Excerpts from the results of their work will be broadcast sometime next month. At that tournament, directed by Grand Rapids C. C. President Fahad Ilahi, MichCA’s Lions C.C. overwhelmed Detroit Super Kings in the final. Lions had a strong squad, boosted, in particular, by the presence of guest player Hasan Raza, a current first-class player in Pakistan, with seven Test and sixteen ODI appearances to his name.


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Champions League Tournament (4 July Weekend) Cancelled

MCA have just received the following message:

Dear Friends,

I would like to inform you that Champions League USA has canceled the tournament on 4th of July long weekend. We had to call off the tournament due to last minutes problems with grounds. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Champions League USA


Shahid Malik

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MichCA Umpiring Session, Mayur Restaurant, Troy, Thursday, 30 June

The MCA Joint Head Coaches thought that the following might be of interest to MCA members. Since it clashes with a scheduled Motown-MCA practice, please let MCA know if you would like to attend both. If sufficient numbers would like to do so, Thursday’s practice can be brought forward.

Umpiring Session Conducted by Mr. VK Ramaswami

June 30, Thursday 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Mayur Restaurant

5113 Rochester Road, Troy MI 48085

Dinner will be provided to all the participants.

From the MichCA Email:

“It is our honor to announce that MichCA will be holding an instructional session for our umpires conducted by former international umpire from India, Mr. VK Ramaswami.

Mr. Ramaswami is here and is kind enough to spend time with our umpires to go over some important knowledge on how to manage a game and make good decisions.

Please mark your calendar for a two hour session on Thursday, June 30th from 7 pm to 9 pm.

We will highly appreciate if you could RSVP [“] about your attending this session. It will help us in better planning”

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MCA Schedule, Week of 27 June

Dr V. V. Giri will hold his regular special coaching session on Tuesday, 28 June, beginning at 4 pm, Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground.

Motown-MCA will hold practice on Thursday, 30 June, at 6 pm, Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground.

The Instructional League will take place on Friday, 1 July, at 6 pm, Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground.

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Motown-MCA to Enter Champions League Tournament (4 July Weekend)

The Motown C. C. President and MCA’s Joint Head Coaches have decided that Motown-MCA will play in the Champions League T20 Tournament, to be played over the upcoming long weekend.

Details, as announced by Tournament President Shahid Malik, are below.

Motown-MCA invites players interested in being part of the squad to contact MCA immediately (the team welcomes guest players).  The fixture list will be announced soon.  Matches will take place at the main MichCA grounds.

Tournament Name: Michigan Champions Trophy T20.
Date: 4th of July long weekend (2nd to 4th of July).
Format: T20
Uniform: Whites

Match Ball: Red
Winners Prize: $3000
Runner up Prize : $1000
Best Batsmen of the tournament: $200
Best Bowler of the tournament: $200
MVP of the tournament: $300
Man of the match for both the semifinals: $100 Each
Man of the Match for Final: $200

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MCA Combined XI Finish as Runners-up in CCA U-17 Tournament, After Loss to CCA 1 in Final

MCA Combined XI were runners-up in the California Cricket Academy U-17 Tournament, after another comprehensive loss to CCA 1 on Sunday.  Ani Mayasandra, Sagar Patel, and Arjun Ahuja were responsible for the lion’s share of the runs in a low total as MCA Combined, who won the toss and  batted first at Santa Clara, scored 124 all out in 38.5 overs.  CCA 1 were untroubled in their run chase, and won by ten wickets.  Openers Vikram Valluri (Tournament MVP) and Arsh Buch both scored 65 not out.

This time there could be no talk of jet lag and fatigue, but MCA Combined flew home on Monday knowing that they fully deserved the runners-up trophies, after very efficient victories over New Jersey and CCA 2 — by no means insignificant achievements for a team who were learning one another’s names the evening before their first match, and the majority of whose members were U-15 players.

Reports indicate that the entire squad, weakened on Sunday by the unavoidable early departure of Karnjit Singh, performed well throughout.  According to unofficial reports from California, Kwiese Edmondson was third-highest run scorer in the tournament (131) and Gordon Makin fourth (126).  Ani Mayasandra’s 70+ runs and three wickets can be presumed to have placed him in the top rank of all-r0unders, while, among the bowlers, Paarth Joshi’s nine wickets in four matches must have made him one of the top wicket-takers.

Coach Shyam Mayasandra described the tournament as an excellent experience for his players, and a springboard for further progress for all.

In the final, MCA Combined needed a good start to have much hope of revenge for Thursday’s heavy defeat at the hands of the experienced Californians.  Instead, they lost their two top run scorers in the tournament within four overs as first opener Gordon Makin fell for six, caught in the slips off a swinging delivery from Pranav, and then Kwiese Edmondson was adjudged caught behind off the same bowler without scoring.   Paarth Joshi, whose leg spin led the MCA Combined bowling in the tournament, came and went immediately after Edmondson, and with MCA Combined at 13/3, it was left to young Sagar Patel, moved up to open with Makin, to batten down the hatches, and his 24 in 32 overs helped to ensure that MCA Combined batted out almost 40 overs.  Patel was the junior partner in a fourth-wicket stand of 43 with Ani Mayasandra, whose powerfully hit 25 (two fours) gave MCA Combined hope.  Mayasandra’s dismissal brought in Arjun Ahuja, whose 18 kept MCA Combined going after Patel was stumped, with the support of Vivek Joglekar (15), but when Vivek was run out MCA Combined had little more to give, the remaining four wickets falling in four overs for 16 runs.

None of the eight bowlers MCA Combined tried could get a breakthrough, and CCA 1 eased to victory in just 21 overs.

CCA Tournament 2011 Score Sheet, Final Match

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CCA Tournament Day Three: MCA Combined XI Defeat CCA 2 by 8 Wickets, Advance to Final

At Dilworth on Saturday MCA Combined XI bowled out the CCA junior team for 167 in 33 overs (Paarth Joshi 3/27, Rudrik Suthar 2/6), and then chased down the target in 26 overs (Gordon Makin 71, Kwiese Edmondson 71 not out). On Sunday, in the tournament final at the Santa Clara ground, MCA Combined have a re-match with the CCA senior team, to whom they lost comprehensively on the first day of the tournament.

The meeting with the CCA 2nd team, consisting largely of U-15 players, provided the ad hoc MCA Combined XI, itself predominantly a U-15 team (at least six members are U-15s), with an excellent opportunity to measure its progress over the tournament. Coach Shyam Mayasandra had called for a more disciplined bowling performance than in the defeat of New Jersey the day before and for calm execution in the field, and his team duly obliged, halving the number of wides bowled, and fielding athletically.

Discipline and athleticism proved essential early in the match, as CCA 2 got off to a fine start, reaching 58 without loss, with openers Dev Parikh and Neil Tagare looking good, but when MCA Combined, in a change of tactics, turned to spin earlier than in previous matches, Ani Mayasandra (1/25) got the vital breakthrough, taking the wicket of Tagare, well caught by Vivek Joglekar. The fall of the first wicket brought Hersh Solanki to the crease, and, with Parikh, he built another fine partnership. At 112/1 MCA Combined were looking distinctly anxious, but Arjun Ahuja engineered an excellent runout, diving at midoff to stop a drive and, while still prone, rifling a throw to Kwiese Edmondson behind the stumps to catch Parikh short of his ground. His dismissal started a collapse that took CCA 2 from 120/2 to 167 all out, with panic among the batsmen and good work from Edmondson (who also took two catches) contributing to three more runouts, while Paarth Joshi (3/27), Californian Rudrik Suthar (2/6), and Arjun Ahuja (1/34) dealt with the rest of the CCA 2 middle and bottom order.

At the tiny Dilworth ground 168 seemed a competitive, yet far from daunting, target, and at the lunch break MCA Combined had good reason to feel pleased, having withstood their opponents’ strong start and reined them in very effectively.

For the third time in three matches MCA Combined sent out a new opening pair to begin their reply, Gordon Makin returning to his familiar spot, but this time accompanied by Arjun Ahuja. Using the quick outfield well the two got off to a good start, but Ahuja fell for 5, misplaying a quicker ball from first-change bowler Rutriz Bhise, the skyer caught by wicket keeper Neil Tagare. At 24/1 Kwiese Edmonson joined Makin at the crease, and the two keepers (Makin kept for 21 overs, Edmondson for 12) built the first of two key partnerships. Somewhat to the surprise of followers back home in Michigan, it was the younger and less experienced Makin who took the lead role, attacking the CCA 2 bowling and hitting a series of boundaries (10 fours). Once he had reached 50 he cut loose, hitting three fours in an over, and then pulling a flat six (his first ever) over square leg. When Makin fell for 71, caught behind attempting one aggressive shot too many, there was still work to be done, but Edmondson then took charge, and, with the support of Paarth Joshi (10 not out), saw MCA Combined home in style, moving with alacrity from 30 to 71 not out, and hitting three spectacular sixes, one of which will require the tournament hosts to hire a glazier and mend relations with a homeowner whose property adjoins the ground, and whose living room had a one-on-one meeting with a cricket ball. Man of the Match (for the second successive match) Edmondson finished the match with a four (taking the MCA Combined final score to 170/2 off 26 overs), to the delight of his team mates.

Coach Mayasandra pronounced himself delighted with the result and with the performance of the team, but noted that, although extras had been reduced, thirty wides were still too many (the well-schooled Californians gave up only 13 extras). Now MCA Combined turn their attention to the final, and a bigger challenge.

Summary Score Sheets for the First Three Matches of MCA Combined XI

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MCA Combined XI Victorious on Second Day of CCA Tournament

At the Spartan Ground, San José,  the MCA Combined XI recovered on Friday from a comprehensive defeat on the first day of the California Cricket Academy U-17 Tournament to beat New Jersey by 64 runs, scoring 235/7 off 40 overs, and dismissing the Easterners for 171 in exactly 40 overs.

Opener Kwiese Edmondson and Gordon Makin, batting one down, led the scoring for Combined MCA with 47 each, while Karanjit Singh, Paarth Joshi, and Ani Mayasandra also made significant contributions. When New Jersey replied MCA Combined  were rather profligate with the ball, allowing over 60 wides, but Paarth Joshi’s 4/14 led the attack, with Sagar Patel (2/13), Arjun Ahuja (1/24), Karanjit Singh (1/14), Ishan Bardwaj (1/36), and Ani Mayasandra (1/12) providing support.

As they built their 235 in what was described as “ideal cricket weather” (around 70° Fahrenheit, with low humidity), at a fine ground, MCA Combined batted solidly, with the innings of every member of the top order attracting praise from Coach Shyam Mayasandra.  Kwiese Edmondson (stumped off Vivek) and Gordon Makin (playing on to a wide leg break he was trying to cut) will both have been disappointed not to press on to bigger scores, but their big partnership, after a solid and quick start from the Edmondson and fellow opener Karanjit Singh (25), laid a very solid foundation. With Paarth Joshi adding a hard-hitting 20, Arjun Ahuja 13, and Ani Mayasandra a powerful 35 not out (including one six), MCA Combined  fired well with the bat.

New Jersey’s reply was built around a solid innings from opener Vivek (39), and good contributions from nos 2 and 3 Sahan and Gauranshu (14 and 22, respectively), but Paarth Joshi ran through the middle order, and Sagar Patel finished the Easterners off with two wickets in the 40th over, the second with the last ball of the match. Paarth Joshi and Ani Mayasandra proved that, notwithstanding the large number of extras, MCA Combined  could be economical with the ball, giving up only fourteen runs off seven overs, and twelve off five, respectively, as New Jersey’s scoring was strangled in the second half of the innings.

Coach Shyam Mayasandra praised the wicket keeping of Gordon Makin and Man of the Match Kwiese Edmondson (two stumpings and a catch), but hoped to see a more disciplined display with the ball when MCA Combined play CCA 2 in a crucial match on Saturday at the tiny Dilworth ground. The winner of that match will advance to the final on Sunday, against CCA 1.

In other matches on the first two days of the tournaments, CCA 2 defeated New Jersey on Thursday, and CCA 1 overwhelmed the younger CCA 2 on Friday, scoring 294/1 (Arsh Buch 110 not out, Krish Goel 150 not out), and dismissing their fellow Californians for 110.

Summary Score Sheets for First Two Matches

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CCA U-17 Tournament: A Tough First Day for MCA Combined XI

The first day was a tough one for the MCA Combined XI, who arrived in Northern California the night before. At the Santa Clara Ground on Thursday CCA 1st XI made 274/5 off 40 overs; in reply MCA Combined XI were all out for 58 in 18 overs. MCA’s top scorers were opener Kwiese Edmondson and co-captain Paarth Joshi, who both scored 13; Paarth Joshi also took two of the five Californian wickets to fall.

Reports from California indicate that the MCA Combined XI contained the hosts quite well for most of their innings, after Kwiese Edmondson  dismissed opener Arsh Buch cheaply, but a steadily-built second wicket stand of 180 between opener Vikram Valluri (88) and no 3 Kartheek Kankanala (85) gave CCA a platform from which to hit out in the last ten overs, when Roshan Vardarajan (19 n.o.) and Vivek Jayram (29 n.o.) added quick runs, while some loose fielding also helped the hosts towards the end of the innings, as jet-lag and fatigue took its toll.

When MCA replied things looked good at the very beginning, as Kwiese Edmondson got the visitors off to a quick start, but after his suicidal run-out, wickets fell quickly: fellow opener Gordon Makin was caught in two minds by an inswinger from Arsh Buch  and his nick was well taken in the slips, and Sagar Patel, Arjun Ahuja, Ishan Bhardwaj, Rahul Kosgi, and Rudrik Suthar followed quickly, with only Paarth Joshi offering serious resistance, helped at the death by Ani Mayasandra and Karanjit Singh.

As was anticipated, CCA’s cricketers played very efficiently — few mistakes, patience and experience shown at the crease, and a good line and length bowled to give MCA little room for expansive shots.  The hosts looked very well drilled, and very comfortable playing together.  But MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra urged supporters not to be disheartened — the team, whose members only met one another on the night before the match, has plenty of talent and must now show resilience.  Back in Michigan fellow Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami noted that the defeat illustrated the challenges of American youth cricket — a team of  players had been gathered in California from Michigan, Chicago, Atlanta, Florida, and Tennessee, to play a one-off series of matches, expected to be at their best within hours of arrival, and likely to develop effective team dynamics only as the series came to an end.  At the same time, he noted, opportunities for anything like age-level cricket (this nominally U-17  team includes two fourteen-year-olds) are so rare that every chance must be seized.

Summary Score Sheets for the First Two Matches of Combined MCA

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New Feature: Coaches’ Corner. Advice from Dr V. V. Giri

MCA regulars will know Dr V. V. Giri well. A distinguished former first-class cricketer, Dr Giri played many Ranji Trophy matches for Tamil Nadu; he has also played extensively outside of India (England, Australia, Eastern Africa, the Fare East, Canada, USA), and remains a leading figure in the cricket community of his native Chennai, where he is a long-time member of the distinguished Madras Cricket Club, for which he played, and which he served for five years as Secretary.  In Michigan, when his scholarly and professional schedule permits, he plays for Troy Cricket Club and umpires in our local leagues. In India, in addition to pursuing his scholarly profession (he has a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutical Technology),  he also worked as a professional coach, working with many leading players.  He has kindly agreed to run special, one-on-one coaching sessions for MCA most Tuesdays, starting at 4 pm, at Lyon Oaks Cricket ground (for more details, please contact MCA). Dr Giri opens a new feature on the MCA web site with some advice for young players:

Another Brick in the Wall

Watch the highlights of the recently completed  West Indies vs India Test Match. In particular, watch Dravid. What an innings!! Terrific. Total commitment, discipline and perseverance.

See how he avoided the bouncers and played with soft hands. Look at the long shuffling of back and across before the delivery to come to the line and get extra time with body weight behind. This is a perfect “demonstration” of playing a side-saving innings.

Almost all his centuries have either won the match or saved the match for India. Most of his centuries are in the third and fourth innings!!!

I want the MCA stallions to watch this innings again and again. Someone not in his prime, over 38 years old, on the Sabina Park wicket, and waiting to be dropped, playing an innings of character!!

Watch out for more contributions to Coaches’ Corner, and to more words of wisdom from Dr Giri.

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