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.