MCA Players, Coach Play Major Role in MPCC Win over Lions

With Motown idle last weekend (as again this weekend – Motown-MCA’s next match is the rearranged fixture against Canton C. C., which will be on Saturday, 11 August, at the Canton Ground; after that, Motown-MCA will participate in the Silver Group for the 40-over playoffs), MCA members had ample opportunity to ply their trades elsewhere. On Sunday, at Belle Isle, MCA’s Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra, and MCA players Chamila Kannangara, Anurag Yerabati, and Gordon Makin all played for M.P.C.C. in that club’s victory over leading club Lions C.C., who, fresh from their triumph over Grand Rapids in the final of Great Lakes Tournament the day before, fielded a somewhat depleted side. Nonetheless, M.P.C.C.’s captain Bhargava Puli had every reason to be delighted with his young side’s performance, bolstered by a century opening stand between Shyam Mayasandra (92) and Gordon Makin, followed by a four-wicket haul from Chamila Kannangara. Extracts from Bhargava’s report follow:

“It was a dream start for us by Shyam and Gordon giving us the first century opening partnership in MPCC’s history.

While Shyam was at his aggressive best, Gordon played a classic, mature innings by rotating the strike and smashing the bad balls and performed his role brilliantly.

Shyam played a fantastic innings, a treat to watch. Some of the 6s that were hit by Shyam would have, forget Belle Isle, cleared even a big ground like the MCG (in Australia).

Shyam made a brilliant 92 off 75 balls which included seven 4s and four 6s before getting caught out in the long off area going for another big one in the 19th over.

177 for 4 in 20 overs is a very very good score and MPCC’s highest so far. But the match was not done because LCC are a very capable team who can put big scores on the board. The previous evening, in the GLT Finals, they had scored 204 and beaten Grand Rapids to win the GLT Championship.

After a great start when the Lions began their reply — they were 18/2 in 2 overs … we lost our way a little bit  and gave away too many boundaries (The sound of Pankaj shouting “cut out the boundaries and the match is ours” is still ringing in my ears). … Their two main batsmen, Shahid and Shehzad, scored at a brisk pace. Bhargava bowled 3 great overs, giving away only 3-4 runs in each and we were able to pull back a little before we went into the 12 over break. We had been 100 for no loss after 12 overs and they were 94/2 after 12 overs. So it was very close and the match was in no way in the bag yet.

After the break came some brilliant bowling and catching by us. Chamila bowled brilliantly. Great line and length. He cleaned bowled their Captain Shahid with a fantastic unplayable ball to start things off. A couple more wickets followed, assisted by great catching in the deep by Sarb and Apu.

Chamila was even on a hat trick in the process … Chamila finished with figures of 4-0-22-4. … Great effort and a match winning effort earning him the Man of the Match award as well.

Kusal showed his versatility by bowling 3 very economical overs towards the end with Gordon providing us the additional option of wicket keeping.

Overall … great performance by everybody. True team effort to secure a win by a 39-run margin against a very good team which has won many championships.”

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