Monthly Archives: August 2011

MCA and Motown Schedule, 1-5 September; Other News

Motown-MCA will hold practice on Thursday, 1 September, 6pm at Lyon Oaks. Motown-MCA’s final playoff match is against Lions C. C. at Hartland on Saturday, 10 September. Because of the long weekend there will be no Junior Instructional League on Friday.
Please contact MCA if you are interested in being considered either for the MichCA team to play in the Unity Cup (Chicago) this weekend, or in the National Collegiate Cricket Championship, weekend of 24/25 (for details, see web site post linked below)

Other news:

Motown-MCA stay alive in playoffs with win over OUCC

USA U-15s Champions of ICC Americas North Tournament, as Bermuda Beat Canada

USA U-15 Lose To Canada, Finish ICC Americas North Tournament 2-2; Tough Day for MCA Players

USA U-15s Lose to Bermuda Despite 65 from MCA Batsman

Willow Talk: “India Need a Whip”, writes Dr V. V. Giri

Reading List: a Recommendation from MCA Joint Head Coach, Vasanth Krishnaswami

Tournament News: Diversity Cup; Unity Cup; National Collegiate Cricket Championship


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Reading List: a Recommendation from MCA Joint Head Coach, Vasanth Krishnaswami

Today MCA begins a new occasional series, “Reading List”, in which MCA officers and others make some recommendations for reading. The first item on the list is from Dr Vasanth Krishnaswami, who suggests that MCA members and friends take a look at a piece by former Glamorgan and England player Steve James,  now cricket correspondent of London’s Daily Telegraph.  The article was published in today’s paper:

“Cricket is the Ultimate Numbers Game”

Dr Krishnaswami writes of the article:

“It alludes (understandably only very briefly) to a number of interesting topics, including:

“1.  The use of statistics:  Some of this should be taken with a pinch of salt, since it is always easy to get caught up in looking at the wrong things simply because they are measurable, but the right numbers can provide useful insight

“2.  The book Moneyball and its influence on Andy Flower’s thinking, and

“3.  Geometry:  This is the most interesting and under-appreciated aspect in my opinion.  The article itself only mentions it in the context of batting against spin, but in reality it is important in many areas, e.g. bowling over vs around the wicket, chances of getting an lbw, where you take guard for different bowlers (pace or spin) etc.  There is also a funny anecdote regarding Fletcher’s difficulties in explaining geometric concepts to Trescothick.”

Watch out for more items on the reading list in the coming weeks.

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Tournament News: Diversity Cup; Unity Cup; National Collegiate Cricket Championship

This weekend sees the Detroit suburbs host one of the Midwest’s biggest and best tournaments, the Diversity Cup. Six teams, representing different parts of the cricketing world, and featuring some of the best local players and outstanding guest players (some with international experience) compete for a place in the final, which will take place at Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, on Sunday at 2.30. MCA members and friends are warmly encouraged to attend Diversity Cup matches, especially the final, which will be accompanied by a trivia quiz and a children’s coaching session. There will also be a cricket stall at Bloomer Park on Sunday.


Also this weekend, a MichCA team will play in the Unity Cup in the Chicago suburbs. The tournament is being held to honor the memory of the late President of the Midwest Cricket Conference, Shekhs Aravind. MichCA plays its first group match, against Chicago Youth, on Saturday at 1.30, and its second group match on Sunday morning, both at Washington Park. The MichCA team is managed by MCA’s Information Director, and will include a number of “emerging players”. Anyone interested in being considered for selection should contact the MCA Information Director.


Shekhar Aravind Unity Cup – Media Release Version

MCA will field a team in the National Collegiate Cricket Championship, organized by MichCA, taking place over the weekend of 24/25 September. MCA members and friends are invited to make themselves available for selection. Please let MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra know of your availability as soon as possible.


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Motown-MCA Stay Alive in Play-offs with Win over OUCC

On Saturday at Lyon Oaks, Motown-MCA were victorious in their “must-win” match against Oakland University C.C., defeating the students by 5 wickets after Oakland posted a below-par total.  Motown-MCA now have 12 points in the super-eights.  To qualify for the semi-finals, they must beat Lions C.C. (currently on sixteen points) in two weeks’ time, and hope that GDCC also defeat Lions a week later.  Man-of-the-Match was Hariharan Dhanasekaran, who turned in a great all-round performance, taking 4/16 and two catches as Motown-MCA bowled OUCC out for 130, and then scoring 27 as Motown-MCA chased down the target in 34 overs.

Oakland’s total was mostly the work of Jinesh, who scored 64 before falling to Deepak Chilla, caught by Motown-MCA captain Sathish Thandapani.  Only two other batsmen reached double figures, as Hari and Murali (3/18) ran through the lineup, assisted by Anurag Yerabati and Deepak Chilla (one wicket each), and some economical bowling from Murali and Ani Mayasandra.

If Motown-MCA had any qualms about batting without Shyam Mayasandra and two regulars among the youth players (Gordon Makin and Rohit Mogalayapalli, who both returned from international duty on Saturday night), they were quickly dispelled.  Although there were early wickets (Ani fell in the opening overs, in an unfortunate run-out ; fellow-opener, Jeeth Nirban, went relatively early for 10; and Anurag also went quickly), Hari’s 27 and Mani’s 15 set Motown-MCA on the way, before Murali and Vijay Patel (38 not out and 24 not out, respectively) settled matters with some fine middle-order batting.


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Willow Talk: “India Need a Whip”, writes Dr V. V. Giri

At the beginning of the summer no one expected England to overwhelm India, but the 4-0 series victory for the hosts has left English fans astonished (is their team really that good?) and fans of former no 1 India furious. With the very distinguished exception of Rahul Dravid among batsmen, and the surprising exception of Praveen Kumar among bowlers, India were profoundly disappointing. MCA’s High Performance Coach, Dr V. V. Giri, a distinguished cricketer and long-time cricket writer, takes a hard look at the state of the Indian Test team, and comes to some harsh conclusions.

India Need a Whip

 India cricket team coach Duncan Fletcher faces a dilemma after player power and a lack of discipline helped account for India’s 4-0 series loss to England. Former coach Gary Kirsten allowed the senior players to run the team. So did John Wright, few years before.

The general consensus now is that Fletcher was appointed on condition that he continue with the same coaching style as Gary Kirsten. The senior players wanted that, they had wanted Gary to stay on, but when that didn’t happen, they wanted a like-for-like replacement, Gary had allowed the senior players and superstars to run the show and do their own thing. But then the team arrived in England totally unprepared, there was no dedicated approach and no hunger.

India now need a much firmer hand, superstars or not. Fletcher is now “between a rock and a hard place. If he really did agree to go with the Kirsten approach, he can’t change now. The situation is crying out for more control and a firm hand, but if he does flex his muscles, the players won’t like it and it is unclear whether the board will sanction a different approach,

India could not compete with an England team run by team director Andy Flower. Flower takes a hard line, he’s meticulous on fitness and there are no short cuts as he sets very high standards. The players and management can either buy into it or not be part of the team. He runs a very tight ship and the players have bought into it.

As Kepler Wessels put it, “The England players are technically very good at the moment in all three disciplines of the game. Due to their superior fitness and technical expertise, they have become used to winning, which has made them mentally strong and ruthless in their pursuit of excellence.”

 India are in dire straits at the moment. They need a coach of Greg Chappell caliber, or in short, they need a “Whip”.

 Dr V.V.Giri


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USA U-15s Champions of ICC Americas North Tournament, as Bermuda Beat Canada

The USA U-15 team, with two MCA players appearing in every match, emerged as winners of the ICC Americas North Tournament in Winnipeg on net run rate on Friday, as Bermuda beat Canada by 20 runs.  The tournament finished in a three-way tie, with each team securing two wins and conceding two losses.  However, the USA had defeated Canada on Monday by a wide margin, while their losses in their final two matches — to Bermuda on Wednesday, when MCA’s Gordon Makin scored 65, coming in at 76/4, to revive the Americans’ pursuit of 214, and to Canada on Thursday — were both narrow, so the Americans’ Net Run Rate was far superior to that of their opponents, enabling them to finish the tournament as champions.  Coach Milton Pydanna was duly doused in Gatorade as the USA team celebrated at Assiniboine Park, Manitoba, on Friday.

Every match in the tournament was won by the team batting first, although there were some tight finishes.  The Canadians dominated the awards, with just tournament MVP coming South (Dave Parikh of CCA, the US captain).

MCA’s Gordon Makin kept in every match (four catches and a hand in three run-outs); MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli took five catches and had a hand in two run-outs.  Rohit also bowled four overs in the tournament.

Gordon, batting at 6 in two matches and 7 in two, scored 75 runs (fourth on the team), with an average of 25, and was first in strike rate (96).  Rohit, batting at 6 in two matches, 7 in one, and 8 in another, scored 39 runs (sixth on the team), with an average of 9.75, and a strike rate of 61.

Batting and bowling tables for the USA team.

Peter Della Penna’s Report on the Bermuda-Canada Match

Cricinfo Report on the Tournament

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USA U-15 Lose To Canada, Finish ICC Americas North Tournament 2-2; Tough Day for MCA Players

Canada U-15s showed the value of spin yesterday, beating USA by 25 runs in Winnipeg.  The USA finished the tournament with two wins and two losses, no doubt disappointed that the two losses came in the last two matches.  If Canada win today against Bermuda they will finish top; if Bermuda win, the Americans will have a chance of coming first on net run rate.

Canada won the toss and elected to bat, building a solid total of 181 as the American bowlers struggled for penetration. Kurt Ramdath top-scored with 43; Bradly Dickson (25), Captain Prushoth Senathirajah (33), and Abrash Khan (30) also made significant contributions.   The USA’s best bowlers were captain Dave Parikh of CCA, who took the new ball and finished with figures of 2/29, and NER’s Karanjit Singh who, having only bowled one over in the first three matches, yesterday bowled five valuable overs, taking 2/14.  MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli took two catches, and MCA’s Gordon Makin, behind the stumps, took one catch and had a hand in two run-outs.

The USA’s reply started well, as Karanjit Singh (21)  and Jason Gobin (NER, 28), opening the batting for the fourth successive time, built a solid partnership.  But when Canada brought the spinners on the US run rate started to fall, and wickets came.  Vibhav Altekar (CCA) and Dave Parikh steadied the ship with a solid 63-run partnership, but when they fell off successive balls to Man-of-the-Match Gayan Ferdinands (Altekar for 48, top score in the match, and Parikh for 17), the USA innings disintegrated.  The first ball in the tournament faced by frequent MCA guest player Sagar Patel was the hat trick ball, which he negotiated safely, but shortly afterwards Makin, batting at no six, was out for one, pulling, and then MCA’s Mogalayapalli, batting at eight, was unfortunately run out for 5.  Patel made 10, and the USA tail wagged a little, but it was not enough.  Ferdinands’ off spin accounted for 5 USA batsmen for 25 runs, while Kurt Ramdath took two wickets, also for 25.


Over-by-over commentary from Ray Ramrattan of Cosmos C.C. (Winnipeg)

Match report from DreamCricket’s Peter Della Penna

Match pictures by Marc Benoit (, Winnipeg)

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Live Over-by-over Text Commentary on Today’s Canada-USA Match (ICC Americas North Division, U-15 Tournament)

Ray Ramrattan, President of Cosmos C.C. (Winnipeg) is again providing live coverage of today’s crucial match between the USA and Canada (click URL below).  Two MCA players are in the XI.

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USA U-15s Lose to Bermuda Despite 65 from MCA Batsman

Today, in their third match in the ICC U-15 Americas North Tournament, the USA lost by 24 runs to Bermuda, despite a battling 65 off 66 balls from MCA’s Gordon Makin.  Batting at no 6., Makin top-scored in the match as the USA chased 214, but ran out of partners among the recognized batsmen and was bowled by a ball that kept low with the score on 180.  The last two wickets fell for  nine runs, and the USA came up short.

Bermuda, after winning the toss and electing to bat, had made a cautious start, but their middle order was able to push the score along from the solid platform created early  (Rawlins 39, Bean-Wilson 30, Bell 37, Gibbons-Wade 23 n.o. all making contributions), taking their final score to 213/7 in 40 overs.  The USA, batting second for the first time in the tournament, started quickly, but lost wickets at regular intervals, with only the partnership between Makin and CCA’s Vibhav Atlekar (26) reaching more than 50. Opener Jason Gobin (North East Region) was the USA’s third-highest scorer with 22.  Among the American bowlers, who had to face difficult conditions this morning because of winds that reached 60 kph at times, particularly noteworthy are: CCA’s Rutvij Bhise’s 2/30; skipper Dave Parikh’s 8 overs for just 16 runs (also from CCA); and twelve-year-old Vivek Narayan’s figures of 6-1-31 (Atlantic Region). Man-of-the-match Christion Gibbons-Wade was the Bermudans’ best bowler with 5/35.

MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli also played for the USA today: he bowled one over; caught Bermdua’s Bell off Bhise and had a share in the run-out of Bean-Wilson (two key dismissals that kept the USA in the match); and scored five runs, batting at no 7 and unluckily run out when he slipped trying to get back into his crease.

As in the USA’s first match against Bermuda, there were moments of controversy today.  For most of Bermuda’s innings the umpires were compelled by the wind to dispense with the bails; in the 38th over the entire USA team were convinced that Bhise had a wicket when a ball appeared to brush the stumps, but the batsman stood his ground and the umpires gave four byes instead.  When the Americans batted, Jason Gobin’s dismissal also generated frustration and disappointment at the crease and on the boundary, after an initial  decision of  “not out” was reversed although the Americans were convinced that the ball had not carried to the Bermudan wicket keeper.

Over-by-over report from Ray Ramrattan of Cosmos C.C. (Winnipeg).

Match pictures, by Ray Ramrattan of Cosmos C.C. can be accessed from this page, login may be required.


Peter Della Penna’s Match Report from DreamCricket 

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Live Coverage of Today’s USA-Bermuda Match in ICC U-15 Americas North Tournament

The web site of Winnipeg’s Cosmos C. C. is providing live text commentary on today’s match:

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