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.