Monthly Archives: October 2011

MCA XI Wins National College Cricket Championship

On Sunday, 23 October, the MCA XI defeated the Michigan U-25 XI in the semi-finals of the National College Cricket Championship at Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, and then triumphed in the final, defeating the University of Windsor.

In the semi-final MCA,  batting first, scored 166/3 in twenty overs (Arjun Abjani 70 not out, Ani Mayasandra 37).  In reply the Michigan U-25s could only manage 110/9 in twenty overs, with Kishan Patel and Pawan Canchi each taking two wickets.  MCA won by 56 runs.

In the final, reduced to 15 overs, MCA, again batting first, raced to 202/3, with Arjun Abjani’s unbeaten 102 providing just over half of the Academy’s runs; wicket keeper Akhil Sridher gave significant support with his 31.  The University of Windsor’s students were then skittled out for 98, to give the Academy a monstrous win by 104 runs in a 15-overs match.

Arjun Abjani starred as MCA’s guest player, scoring 297 runs in the tournament (that was also his average), while captain Kishan Patel took 8 wickets in four matches and Shaki led the bowling attack in economy rate, never going for more than four an over in a match.

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Revised NCCC Playoff Fixtures Announced; MCA XI to play Semifinal at Bloomer on Sunday

MichCA has announced the revised fixture list for the National College Cricket Championship playoffs.

The MCA XI has been seeded first in its pool and will play either the University of Windsor or the Community College XI in a semifinal at Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, on Sunday, at 10.30 a.m. Supporters most welcome.

The full fixture list, as announced by MichCA is as follows:

Current Rankings:

A1(TBD), A2(TBD)

B1 (MCA), B2(OU)

SATURDAY:

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Belle Isle 10:30am

Rematch UOW vs CCXI

Ranks A1 and A2 will be determined based on the outcome of this game.

SUNDAY:

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Belle Isle 10:00am

SF-1: A1 vs OU

Bloomer 10:30am

SF-2: MCA vs A2

FINALS in Bloomer 3:00pm

Winner of SF-1 vs Winner of SF-2

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Stop Press: NCCC Knock-out Rounds Postponed for a Week

Stop Press: 

On Friday MichCA issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, Oakland County Parks & Recreation dept has NOT yet given us formal approval (confirmation invoice / contract) for Lyon Oaks. The Canton ground also has not been given to MichCA yet.

While our grounds commiittee sorts out this matter with the city ground administators we hereby postpone the NCCC SemiFinal & Final games to next weekend.

Our apologies for any inconvenience, but we are trying our best to work with such unforeseable constraints & limited resources like cricket grounds. We’ll share the revised schedule of NCCC very soon. Thanks”

Thus, this weekend’s planned semifinals and final are postponed until the weekend of  22/23 October, and the details announced below are no longer current.

MichCA has released details of the National College Cricket Championship knock-out rounds. MCA will play the Michigan U-25 team at Lyon Oaks on Saturday, at 10 a.m. Supporters are very welcome indeed. The final will be at Lyon Oaks at 2.30 p.m.

Group Stage Results and Rankings

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MCA XI Victorious in both NCCC Pool Matches, Advances to Semi-finals

Last weekend the MCA XI secured a berth in the National College Cricket Championship semi-finals with victories over teams from Oakland University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The semi-final lineup has not yet been announced, but MCA, one of only two teams with maximum points in group play, is assured a berth.

MCA 135/6 in 20 overs (Yerabati 46, Makin 34; Akshat 3/21) beat OU, 132 a.o. in twenty overs, by three runs (Suri 53, Akshat 24, Shaki 3/27).

At Hartland on Saturday MCA captain Kishan Patel won the toss and chose to bat against OU. MCA regulars Ani Mayasandra, Anurag Yerabati, Pawan Canchi, and Gordon Makin were joined on the team by occasional MCA players Kishan Patel, Jay and Jeet Nirban, by two Chicagoans, Akhil Sridher and Ashish Ahuja, both of them regular tourists with MCA tournament teams, and by two local league players, who, according to tournament rules, were allowed to supplement the MCA youth players – Golam Afser and Shaki.

Gordon Makin and Jai Nirban opened the batting, and, although Jai fell early, quickly followed by Akhil Sridher, MCA were a solid 82/2 after 12 overs, with Makin and no 4 batsman Anurag Yerabati moving the score along well. Makin hit his second six square of the wicket at Hartland in successive matches (having previously never hit a single 6 in a MichCA match), while Yerabati’s three fours were equally welcome. But when Makin fell, bowled when trying to push the ball to midwicket, the MCA innings stalled, despite Yerabati’s anchoring. Ani Mayasandra added a quick 13 n.o. in the final overs, partnered by Arjun Ahuja (3 n.o.), but the final score of 135 was disappointing after a brisk start, Askhat’s 3/21 in 4 overs helping to apply the brakes. Nonetheless, the long grass at Hartland, covered by ample dew on Saturday morning, meant that MCA felt they could defend their relatively low score, and so it proved, although the finish was much tighter than Kishan Patel or MCA XI coach Shyam Mayasandra would have liked.

Oakland struggled against the hostile pace of opening bowler and Man-of-the-Match Shaki, whose three wickets cost 26 runs, while first-change bowler Arjun Ahuja tied down the students in his first three overs, ending with 3/27. Gulam Afser’s off-spinners turned and deceived, bringing him 1/15 in three overs, but, despite wickets falling regularly, OU were never quite out of it. Suri held things together with a sterling 53, supported by Akshat’s 24, and as OU’s batsmen sped up towards the end, the prospect of victory came within sight. Having been 64/4 after 14 overs, OU raced to 105/5 at the end of 17, and MCA had reason to be nervous. But Shaki returned to pin the batsmen down, and, despite some worrying extras in the final overs, MCA contained OU sufficiently to run out the last batsman on the last ball of the match and win by three runs.

MCA 225/5 in 20 overs (Ajbani 125, A. Mayasandra 37*, Makin 31) beat UM Ann Arbor XI, 119 a.o. in 15 overs (K. Patel 4/25) by 106 runs

At Lyon Oaks on Sunday MCA XI overwhelmed the well-oiled University of Michigan XI. A fifth schoolboy was added to the team for Sunday’s match, as fourteen-year-old Arnav Sridher, who was to take two wickets, joined Akhil Sridher, Arjun Ahuja, Ani Mayasandra, and Gordon Makin. With Shaki and Pawan Canchi both unavailable, and Jay Nirban rested, John Titus and young GTCC batsman Arjun Ajbani were called into the side too and it was Ajbani’s stunning century that took the game away from the students.

Once again, Kishan Patel won the toss and elected to bat, and although John Titus, recently recovered from injury, fell early taking a risky single, and Arjun Ahuja soon followed to an excellent diving catch at short extra cover, opener Gordon Makin’s 31 gave MCA a platform which Arjbani was to exploit spectacularly. Makin hit his second six in two days, pulling the UM opening bowler over midwicket, but this unexpected bonus was soon forgotten as Arjbani destroyed the Ann Arborites. He fell, holing out at long on as he attempted to hit a sixth successive six in an over off a shell-shocked Raghunath Katragada, only for Ani Mayasandra to take apart the death bowling, hitting a quick 37 not out that included a straight six.

UM’s reply had to be no-holds-barred from the very beginning, which predictably, led to early wickets, and disconsolate batsmen returned to the field shelter at regular intervals as the MCA attack, led by Kishan Patel (4/25), and very ably supported in the field, most notably by Gulam Afser, who took three fine catches, put the University team out of its misery. However, a semi-final re-match is not out of the question, and the students will surely be out for blood next time.

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Tournament News: Thanksgiving and MLK Day Weekend

MCA has been invited to participate in the 2012 Florida Cricket Academy U-19Tournament, after finishing as runners-up this year: “THE CITY OF MIRAMAR AND THE FLORIDA CRICKET ACADEMY PRESENT the 3rd Annual FCA National Youth Cricket Tournament Martin Luther King Weekend January 13, 14 and 15, 2012 Miramar Regional Park, Miramar, Florida MATCHES will be 40 overs in . Cut-off Date will be born on or after Sept. 1992.” Please let the MCA coaches know of your availability for this tournament. Last year, participants had to pay for air travel, ground transportation, and hotel accommodation, but total costs were modest.

Over Thanksgiving Weekend a U-17 tournament is being organized, also in Florida. Vijay Ganji announces: “We are organizing an under-17 cricket tournament in the Ocala area (suburbs of Orlando, FL) over the Thanksgiving break in Nov 25 (Fri), 26 (Sat), and 27 (Sun). It is going to be a 4-team (quadrangular) tournament. We have 2 confirmed teams and we are looking for 2 more team to be part of this tournament. … Players have to take care of their transportation, lodging, boarding, and any other expenses associated with the travel. There may be some expenses related to the ground maintenance (grass cutting, cleaning the club house, cleaning the ground, etc) which might be about $20 per player. Even if a club does not have 11 players for a full team, we can combine two or three associations into one team.” Again, if you are interested in participating, please let the MCA coaches know.

The fate of this year’s national inter-regional U-19 tournament remains unclear, with USACA, the national board, gripped again by a dissent and problems. However, North West Region has volunteered to host a substitute U-19 tournament, also over Thanksgiving Weekend. Watch out for more information.

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National Collegiate Cricket Championship Fixture List Released

MichCA has released a revised, detailed fixture list for the NCCC.  MCA plays Oakland University at the Hartland ground on Saturday, 8 October, at 10 a.m., and plays the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) XI at Lyon Oaks on Sunday at 2.30  p.m.  Semi-finals and the final will now take place on Saturday, 15 October. Complete schedule.

The MCA team for the tournament will practice at Lyon Oaks on the evening of Friday, 7 October.  

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MCA Prepares for College Cup

MCA has been seeded first in its group for this weekend’s National Collegiate Championship, and will play the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) XI and then the Oakland University XI on Saturday, 8 October, times and grounds to be announced. The top two teams in each group will advance to Sunday’s semi-finals. As soon as more details are known they will be posted to this web site.  Event flyer may be downloaded here.

Everyone who has made himself available for the tournament should attend practice at Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground on Friday evening (out-of-town players who will not be able to attend should let MCA know).

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Tennis Ball Mini-Tournament, Friday, 7 October, Lyon Oaks

MCA invites all its junior players and their friends to participate in a mini-tournament of hard-tennis-ball cricket on the evening of Friday, 7 October, at Lyon Oaks Cricket ground. MCA would be delighted to see a good turn-out for this end-of-season event; senior players are also very welcome to support the tournament. Please let MCA know if you plan to attend.

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MCA Player Features in Local Newspaper

It is unusual for cricket to feature in the local newspapers of the American Midwest, but the Dexter Leader has recently devoted two pieces to the world’s second-most-popular sport. The second item also appeared in other Heritage newspapers across the area (Manchester, Saline, Milan, etc).

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