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.