Monthly Archives: January 2012

Steven Taylor Leads Hosts to Crushing Victory over MCA in Florida

New Inning Foundation’s USA cricketer of the year (and also junior cricketer of the year), Florida Cricket Academy captain Steven Taylor, scored 189 off 100 balls to lead Florida Cricket Academy to a 292-run victory over the MCA XI at Miramar Regional Park on Saturday. Experience and access to regular winter cricket told again, as, for the second day in a row, the rusty Midwesterners struggled to compete in the Florida Cricket Academy tournament. Two wickets for Rahul Kosgi, two for Arnav Sridher and three for Harshil Vyas provided some comfort to the MCA XI, although most of the bowling figures make for painful reading as FCA posted 384 all out (playing with only ten men) in 39 overs. It might have been different if a couple of edges off Rahul Kosgi, who moved the ball well, had gone to hand early in Taylor’s innings, but it was not to be, and Taylor played a magnificent captain’s innings to overwhelm the MCA XI, supported by 37 from Zachary Sattaur and 75 from Omari Williams. In reply, only Vaibhav Ganesh (24) and Akhil Sridher (12) got into double figures, as the MCA XI struggled to 78 all out in 36 overs. In their third and last match at the tournament, the MCA XI play Atlanta’s Cricket Academy USA on Sunday.

Scorecard, courtesy of FCA

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MCA XI Lose by Nine Wickets to New York in Florida Tournament

A depleted MCA XI lost to New York,  coached by ex-West-Indies wicket keeper Milton Pydanna, by nine wickets in a shortened match on the opening day of the Florida Cricket Academy tournament on Friday.  Already a man down because MCA regular Ani Mayasandra could not leave Michigan until Friday evening, the team was reduced to eight men at the scheduled start time at Miramar Regional Park, with Akhil and Arnav Sridher held up in Chicago due to weather-induced flight cancellations. When the Sridhers arrived it was decided to play a thirty-over match.  The Midwesterners won the toss and elected to bat, but struggled from the start against New York’s accurate bowling attack (Trinson Carmichael, who took the new ball, gave up only eight runs in six overs, while fellow opening bowler Anwar Khan was almost as economical, conceding ten runs in five overs). MCA opening batsman Vaibhav Ganesh got to 11 before falling; Ganesh’s opening partner Gordon Makin took some ten overs to score his five runs, before he was stumped attempting to push the score along against New York’s effective leg spinner Syed Hussain (3/12), and a succession of wickets followed quickly, as the rusty Midwestern batsmen failed to come to terms with the New York attack; of the nine wickets to fall, two were stumpings and three run-outs. All out for 62, with only Ganesh and “keeper Akhil Sridher (14) getting into double figures, the MCA XI needed a miracle in the field, but none was forthcoming. The only wicket to fall in the New York run chase was that of star fifteen-year-old Randall Wilson, caught in the slips for ten by a diving Makin off the bowling of Monit Khandwala; fellow New York opening batsman Trever Singh was 40 not out as New York overtook MCA’s modest score in under eleven overs. The speedy conclusion to the match had one plus for the MCA XI: there was time for some much needed practice out in the middle before dinner. In Saturday’s match the MCA XI face the host team, led by USA cricketer of the year Steven Taylor.

Scorecard, courtesy of FCA

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MCA XI Head South for FCA Tournament

Michigan Cricket Academy’s team has flown out of the snowy upper Midwest to spend the MLK Day weekend in Miramar, Florida, at the Florida Cricket Academy Tournament. In fact, Chicagoans form the majority of the squad, with only two MCA regulars participating — Ani Mayasandra and Gordon Makin.  Last year, MCA were runners up in Florida, losing very narrowly to the hosts.  This year’s team is less experienced, and will do well to match last year’s performance, but as the team gathered at its Miami hotel on Thursday spirits were high.  On Friday the MCA XI will play a strong New York team, before facing the hosts on Saturday, and concluding the tournament with a match against Cricket Academy USA. The team, coached by Ganesh Iyer and managed by Ashish Ahuja, is as follows:

Vaibhav Ganesh (Captain)

Akhil Sridher (WK)

Ani Mayasandra

Gordon Makin

Monit Khandwala

Harshal Vyas

Arjun Ahuja

Dishank Sheth

Rahul Kosgi

Viraj Sehgal

Arnav Sridher

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The MCA Web Site in 2011– Report from Host WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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