Provisional scores for the first day of the U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship, organized by the Michigan Cricket Association, suggest that the familiar big-name teams did well (Ford, Chrysler, Caterpillar, G.M.), but also tell a great tale for MCA. Seventeen-year-old Ani Mayasandra, a second-round draft choice for Infosys, scored his maiden half-century against Tata on Saturday afternoon at the Canton ground, carrying his bat for an unbeaten and chanceless 55, as Infosys chased down 136 in 15 overs. He also took one wicket and one catch in Infosys’s second match, a defeat to Chrysler. Ani was Man of the Match for Infosys against Tata.
Meanwhile, at Lyon Oaks, sixteen-year-old MCA wicket-keeper batsman Gordon Makin was the only G.E. player to reach double figures in the morning match against a strong Ford side (who would go on to beat Caterpillar in the semi-final on Sunday and Chrysler in the final), making a chanceless 34 in 17 overs (out of a total of 78), falling when the order to hit out came from the boundary as GE worked hard to build a fighting total; GE then battled to defend a disappointing score, after being put in by Ford (who were aware that dew would slow the outfield and make the wicket skiddy), but went down by 7 wickets. Chandon Sood for Ford took 3/9 in four overs, while Ford’s Sriram equaled Gordon’s 34 in a victorious reply, completed in 12.2 overs. G.E., obliged to play a second successive match against Ford (because of the late withdrawal of NYX), put in the automobile makers in the afternoon match, and saw them make a solid 150/8 off 20 overs (aided by a series of good partnerships, a number of missed chances, and 25 wides); Gordon took a fine diving catch behind the stumps. G.E.’s reply began well, as Gordon and Kumar put on 40+ in seven overs, but after the MCA opener fell for 16, well caught in the gully off a fierce edge, only Kumar (an impressive 51) offered serious opposition, and G.E. went down by some 40 runs. Ford’s Naupreet tormented the batsmen, taking four wickets in four overs.
Details from the matches at Bloomer are yet to reach MCA, but it is understood that MCA’s third Corporate Cup player, twenty-one-year-old Anurag Yerabati (Motown-MCA vice-captain and a fourth-round draft pick) was given only one match by his BCBS team, but performed creditably.
Two of tomorrow’s semi-finalists are known to MCA at the time of writing: Chrysler and Ford. Tomorrow’s final is scheduled for 2.30 at Bloomer Park, with live video streaming on the Internet.
Further details of the USCCC will be posted when they become available.
G.E. team between matches against Ford at Lyon Oaks on Saturday.