On Sunday at Bloomer Park Peioria’s Caterpillar defeated Ford comfortably to win the U. S. Corporate Cricket Cup for the second year in a row. The semi-finals saw Caterpillar defeat Chrysler by a big margin at Lyon Oaks and Ford overwhelm GM at Bloomer Park. Caterpillar’s Ram Velamakanni was tournament MVP and Best Batsman. Best Bowler was Ford’s Ganesh; Best Fielder – Rohan Wanchoo from Chrysler; and Best Wicketkeeper – Mayank Singh from Caterpillar.
This year’s tournament was the biggest ever, with eleven teams competing.
MCA regulars Anurag Yerabati (Infosys), and Ani Mayasandra and Gordon Makin (G.E.), as well as Kishan Patel (Infosys) played in the tournament – the first time that youth players have been invited to participate, while Taimoor Ahmed played for Caterpillar. On Saturday, in pool mataches, Anurag scored 15 and took two wickets in the Infosys victory against BCBS, while Gordon kept for both of G.E.’s matches (defeats to Caterpillar and G.M.), taking the only catch that stuck for G.E. in the match against the future champions, a match that would have been tighter than the eventual 80-run victory margin, had more of the chances given by Caterpillar stuck.
A large crowd attended the final on Sunday, in which Caterpillar’s deep batting, good slow bowling, and crisp fielding saw the Illinois team retain the championship. Tournament Chairman Pankaj Mahajan promised an even bigger and better tournament next year, with the possibility of a two-weekend tournament with a qualification round on the first weekend offering more places and more excitement.