For the second year in a row, MCA members participated in a cricket demonstration last Monday at Traverse City’s Children’s House, during the International Sports Week run at the K-6 school and day care centre’s summer camp. As last year, Gordon Makin and Neil Makin helped coach the camp participants.
This year, they were accompanied by their younger brother Nigel, MCA’s Information Director, and Gordon’s Dexter High School class mate Paul Bailey. The Sports Week was organized by Children’s House parent Tania Santos, who generously hosted the MCA contingent, and forgave them for preferring England’s Test Match team to that of South Africa, where she grew up. Children’s House P.E. teacher Steve Maas took charge of the Sports Week, while Traverse City resident and Englishman Steve Ursell, a flight instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, coordinated the cricket event.
After a short introductory talk and some videos, the dozen or so children (ages 5-11) were invited to learn some cricketing skills in the school’s impressive gymnasium, and then to play a short match. Steve Ursell noted that last year’s demonstration must have been effective, since the teams showed a better grasp of the game than in 2010. Gordon and Neil captained the two sides, and despite instructions to keep fraternal rivalries to the minimum, the match reached a tense finale, with Gordon insisting on crowding the bat as he led his team to victory. Five-year-old Nigel Makin, perhaps inspired by the recent performances of Rahul Dravid, blocked effectively for Neil’s team in the final overs, but when his failure to take a single resulted in laughter from his seniors, he left the field; had there been a score sheet his departure might have read “retired hurt pride”. However, Nigel was persuaded to return in an attempt to sustain his middle brother’s hopes of victory, only to play on and cede victory to his oldest brother.
Several children’s house pupils showed impressive skill with ball and bat, although the ICC might have looked askance at the bowling actions of many. Pictures below.