The Motown-MCA fixture against Canton C. C., due to be played on Saturday 16 June, was postponed by order of the Canton Fire Marshall, after it was realized that a fireworks display had been scheduled for the Canton ground on the same day as the MichCA 40-0vers match. Motown-MCA’s advance guard arrived at the ground at 9.45 today, only to find a truck full of highly-explosive fireworks in the outfield, together with a dozen men charged with setting up the display, which is part of Canton Liberty Fest 2012. There were apologies for the double booking, but nothing could be done. Motown-MCA repaired to a local restaurant for a buffet lunch and then headed home, some looking forward to today’s Euro 2012 matches on TV, others to an afternoon visit to the Lyon Oaks nets. Rumors that the Fire Marshall had described Motown-MCA’s batting line-up as “too explosive to bat near a truck-load of industrial-strength fireworks” have yet to be confirmed.
Monthly Archives: June 2012
All Motown-MCA players are encouraged to attend practice at the Lyon Oaks nets on Thursday, 14 June, beginning at 6.00 pm. Saturday’s fixture is against Canton, another of the strongest sides in the Michigan Cricket Association. Players should inform Motown captain Sathish Thandapani of their availability by Friday morning.
Motown-MCA put in a much better performance in the field on Saturday, taking some excellent catches and generally fielding well, but still lost by one wicket to a rather depleted Toledo side, for whom late-arriving batsman and man-of-the-match Arjun Ajbani scored an unbeaten 93 to see the Ohioans to victory. The outstanding performers for Motown-MCA, the home side at the Canton ground, were MCA’s Anurag Yerabati, who scored an excellent 30 and produced a very fine spell with the ball (7-0-28-4) and senior man Hari, whose beautifully crafted 82, scored after hardly touching a bat for months, was a reminder that “class is permanent”. Jashwanth Reddy took an exceptionally fine diving catch in the gully to dismiss Toledo’s Santosh Patel for one off the bowling of Murali, while Toledo’s other opener, Nayan Patel, fell to an athletic catch by wicket-keeper Gordon Makin, diving down the leg side to take a swirling edge off Sravan one-handed. However, the young wicket keeper was left to rue a chance spurned behind the wicket, given off spinner Mani by Arjun Ajbani before he had scored.
Motown-MCA began optimistically, batting against only eight men for the first fourteen overs of their innings (the ninth man arrived in the fifteenth over, and Ajbani arrived only in time to bat five-down), knowing, moreover, that Toledo had been penalized for late arrival by having four overs docked from their own batting innings. However, opener Gordon Makin, scorer of an unbeaten 61 last week, was reminded of the cruelties of the game when Chirag Bhandari yorked him for one with the score on thirteen. Murali and Mani both played some nice shots, but will regret finding fielders, and it was left to Anurag and Hari to make sure that Motown-MCA had a competitive score. Anurag, whose frustration at falling to the very effective slow bowling of Philip Allen (5/39) was understandable, showed once again what an improved and mature batsman he is now, playing a variety of shots and batting sensibly in partnership with Hari, whose offside play was particularly impressive. Apart from them, Mani’s 10 was the only Motown-MCA score in double figures, as the lower order fell cheaply, leaving MCA Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami stranded on five not out and the final score a rather disappointing 195.
When Toledo were 49/5 the home team probably thought that an early end to the match and escape from the intense heat and humidity were in sight. Sravan’s swing (5-0-28-3) and Anurag’s variety and accuracy looked as if they would guarantee a victory, and when Rohan Kapkar fell for 30 to Anurag, well caught by Pradeep in the outfield, with the score on 109, thoughts were still on an early victory. Anurag dismissed both Viral Thaker and Rakesh Patel, having earlier disposed of the dangerous Devin Patel, lbw for 8, but the late-arriving Arjun Ajbani could not be dislodged, offering just the one, crucial, chance behind before he had scored. He batted patiently, in careful partnership with last man Philip Allen, until the penultimate over allotted to Toledo, bowled by the previously economical Hari. Three fine sixes off four balls tied the score, and winning runs were then scored off the last ball of the 35th over.
Motown-MCA 195 all out in 32.5 overs (Hari 82, Anurag 30; Philip Allen 5/39) lost by one wicket to Toledo (196/8 in 35 overs; Arjun 93 n.o, Rohan 30; Anurag 4/28, Sravan 3/28).
All Motown-MCA players are encouraged to attend practice at the Lyon Oaks nets on Thursday, 7 June, beginning at 6.00 pm. Saturday’s fixture is against Toledo, traditionally one of the strongest sides in the Michigan Cricket Association. Players should inform Motown captain Sathish Thandapani of their availability by Friday morning.
On Saturday, in the first match of this season’s Michigan Cricket Association 40-overs competition, the combined Motown C.C. and MCA team went down heavily to last year’s champions, Lions C.C., at the Lyon Oaks cricket ground. Half centuries for two batsmen from the home team, who lost only three wickets in their reply to Lions’ 311/4, provided some comfort, although dropped catches had earlier helped to boost the Lions’ total.
Lions, led by Shahid Malik, last year’s tournament MVP and best bowler, won the toss and elected to bat, with Nitesh and Tanvir providing the foundation for the team’s big total in a first-wicket stand of 88. That partnership ended when Tanvir was caught on exactly 50 by stand-in captain Mani (replacing the injured Sathish Thandapani), off the bowling of Anurag Yerabati, who had recently recorded his own second career half-century for Great Lakes Cricket Academy against Holland C. C. in the GLCC 40-overs tournament. Anurag also dismissed the dangerous Zahid Butt for 6, while Mani had Farooq Malik well caught by Pawan Canchi, diving at short midwicket, for 21. Nitesh, however, was not to be dislodged, carrying his bat for a powerful 111, which turned out to be the almost exactly the winning margin for Lions. A quick fire 63 not out from Adnan (three sixes, six fours), batting at no 6, ensured that Motown-MCA suffered in the field during the final ten overs, when over a hundred runs were added to the total for no loss. MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli, who took the new ball with Murali, was the most economical bowler, giving up only 16 runs in four overs and finding an excellent line and length after his first over. Sravan, coming on as third-change, bowled seven containing overs, giving up only 37 runs (given the Lions’ powerful line-up, very respectable figures). Anurag, who bowled the only maiden in the innings, took 2/70 in eight overs, while Mani took 2/73, also in eight overs. Pawan Canchi’s off spin provided three solid overs, and new man Jashwanth Reddy turned his arm for two overs. However, Motown-MCA’s bowlers might feel a little aggrieved at the apparently inflated figures the score sheet recorded because a problem that has dogged the team all season was much in evidence on Saturday as the Lions went after the bowling: some half a dozen chances went down in the field, several of which might, if taken, have turned the game in the hosts’ favor. If the catches offered in the deep by the big hitters had been taken, Lions might have been compelled to bat more cautiously in the second half of their innings, while catches dropped closer to the bat, including one behind the wicket, would have certainly raised team morale.
At the innings break the Motown-MCA acting captain instructed his team to bat out the forty overs, feeling that a serious run chase was probably beyond a line-up short of truly big hitters. MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra and wicket-keeper Gordon Makin opened the innings, and immediately announced their intentions with a series of singles. Mayasandra was unlucky to take a top edge to the forehead when on six, and retired briefly (although refusing all suggestions of a trip to a local hospital); he returned at the fall of the second wicket, on 24, eager to punish the bowling, hitting 37 (one six), before trying to chip leg-spinner Mansoor into no-man’s-land only to find mid-on. Praveen and Jashwanth had gone quickly (to Ali and Mansour, respectively), but Gordon Makin made it clear that he intended to stay, scoring most of his runs with ground shots, supported by some quick running. He and Mani tested the field repeatedly, resulting in three threes for Gordon, and a run four and a run five for Mani. As Lions searched for bowlers who could take the necessary wickets, Gordon and Mani were able to speed up their scoring (Sanjeev’s two maidens and Milinder’s opening over, also a maiden, had contributed to earlier containment). The stand-in captain opened his own account with a maximum off Mansour’s final over, while the younger batsmen lifted Tanvir over midwicket for his first six at Lyon Oaks. Gordon Makin’s maiden fifty in a MichCA league match was greeted with applause by his team mates, but he might well have taken as much pleasure from ending the innings unbeaten, carrying his bat for 61. Mani brought up his fifty with some clever hitting and energetic running in the final over, closing the match on 58 not out.
While the home team ended the day disappointed with the loss, the batting and some solid bowling provided grounds for hope that the successes of last season can be built upon this year.
Lions 311/4 in forty overs (Nitesh 111 not out, Adnan 63 not out, Tanvir 50) defeated Motown-MCA, 198/3 in forty overs (Gordon Makin 61 not out, Mani 58 not out, Shyam Mayasandra 37) by 113 runs. Man-of -the-Match, as adjudged by umpire Dr V. V. Giri: Nitesh (111 not out, 2-0-15-0).
The Michigan Cricket Association today released the fixture list for the first round of its 40-overs competition. Motown-MCA’s fixtures are as follows:
Saturday, 9 June: Motown-MCA vs Toledo, Canton Cricket Ground
Saturday, 16 June: Canton CC vs Motown-MCA, Canton Cricket Ground (Postponed, to be rearanged)
Saturday, 23 June: Troy CC vs Motown-MCA, Bloomer Park Cricket Ground
Saturday, 14 July: Motown-MCA vs Grand Rapids CC, Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground
Saturday, 21 July: Greater Detroit CC vs Motown CC, Trombly Park Cricket Ground
Saturday, 28 July: Motown-MCA vs Metro Detroit CC, Canton Cricket Ground (Cancelled, MDCC withdrew from competition)
From the MCA Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/MiCricAcademy):
“Motown-MCA’s fixture vs Wayne State University C. C. in
@MichiganCricket T20 GLT competition has been cancelled.”
Regrettably, with two fixtures scheduled for this weekend, one at very short notice, Motown-MCA were unable to raise a team for today’s scheduled match.