The final chapter in Motown-MCA’s “nearly” story for the regular league season was written on Saturday, when a depleted team lost to Canton C.C. on their home ground by eleven runs, despite bowling the opposition out for 154. For Motown-MCA, who lost the toss and were asked to field, Khayam Hashmi took 3/26, MCA Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami took 3/30, and MPCC’s Apu took 2/19, while Rahul top-scored for the opposition with 36; MCA’s Gordon Makin took two catches behind the stumps. The away team must have been delighted to have restricted the opposition to such a low score on one of Michigan’s smallest grounds, but, despite fighting knocks from Jashwanth (35) and Hari (42), batting at nos 3 and 4, respectively, Motown-MCA’s ten men could not quite get over the line. Vijay Patel, opening, was the only other Motown-MCA batsman to reach double figures, scoring 19. For Canton Vishal and Rahul both took three wickets.
Notwithstanding the disappointments of the regular season, Motown-MCA enter the second stage of the tournament with a chance to advance from the Silver Group, where they will play matches against two other teams from the bottom half of the table, with one of the three progressing to the semi-finals.