With no Motown-MCA fixture scheduled a number of MCA players and associates were in action with other teams over the weekend of 30 June / 1 July. Sister club M.P.C.C. (captained by Bhargava Puli, who played for Motown-MCA last week, and managed by Pankaj Mahajan) invited MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra, MCA’s Lankan Lion Chamila Kannangara, and sixteen-year-old Gordon Makin to play on the team facing G.D. C. C. at Canton on Sunday in a T20 fixture. All had reason to be satisfied with their performance, although M.P.C.C.’s total of 160 proved insufficient to prevent G.D.C.C.’s nine men from winning by four wickets. The captain’s report for the match includes the following comments:
“We beat our previous highest of 158 … Shyam and Gordon got us to a flying start: 44 runs in four overs before Shyam got our for a well-made 28, which included a couple of huge hits outside the fence into the bushes. …Gordon played very well: a couple of excellent shots over midwicket and in the covers were great to watch. Gordon scored 21. …
We didn’t start off our bowling too well. Lots of wides and short balls, which were punished by their openers. … But we pulled back very well. Chamila bounced back and bowled a couple of tight overs …. …. we were positioned evenly at the half-way mark to win the game. … We had some good moments during bowling but a couple of drops, a few misfields, which we must improve on, and some ordinary bowling overall let us down in the end, and GDCC were able to score the required runs in 16 overs.”
MCA regulars often play for other clubs (Motown-MCA vice-captain Anurag Yerabati recorded his second career fifty in club cricket this year with a team in the GLCC league). MCA players should make sure that the MCA Information Director is informed of all their notable achievements for other clubs.