Motown-MCA Lose Narrowly to Troy

On 23 June at Bloomer Park Motown-MCA restricted Troy to 215 runs off 37.2 overs (Pawan 3/26, Mani 2/39; Prajwal 58, Tejas 32), but fell twelve runs short in a run chase that ended in the 37th over (Shyam 49, Mani 40).

Although Troy lost Jagminder early, the second-wicket stand of 93 between Prajwal and Ankur (28) ensured that Motown-MCA labored in the field, despite economical bowling from new-ball bowlers Anurag and Rohit, and first-change Khayam, making his first appearance for the team. Although wickets fell regularly after that stand, double figure scores from Harinder (20), Srinivas (10), and ninth man Tejas (32) provided Troy’s bowlers with a defendable total. The Motown-MCA spinners all bowled some tight overs, with Pawan’s 3/26 in eight overs (including a wicket maiden and a maiden) the pick of them. Among the fielding highlights was Ani’s direct hit to run out the dangerous Harinder.

Troy looked to blunt Motown-MCA’s big-hitting opening batsman, MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra, by opening with spin from both ends, but it was the other opening batsman, Gordon Makin, who fell to Sathish Ketkar in the first over, trying to glance a ball that he should have played straight. Anurag and Shyam rebuilt effectively, although Anurag was left to rue the shot that broke their 54-run partnership, with him on 16, and when Shyam fell one short of his fifty with the score on 81, bowled by Tejas, Motown-MCA’s biggest hope for an easy victory was gone. Mani’s excellent 40, captain Sathish’s 15, and 24 and 17 from the new men Khayam and Apurva, respectively, were not quite enough. Murali, injured taking a catch and batting no. 11, was left stranded on 2 not out when Pawan was narrowly run out for the tenth wicket.

Troy C. C. beat Motown-MCA by twelve runs.
Motown-MCA had no match over the weekend of 30 June / 31 July.

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