In the first match of the second round of the MichCA forty-overs competition a nine-man Motown-MCA team, depleted by the commitments of players to other clubs and other competitions, traveled to Grand Rapids on Saturday more in hope than expectation. The main hope was that at least two players could post big scores in at least two big partnerships and that the bowling could pull off a miracle. Despite some sterling efforts, it was not to be.
Batting first, Motown-MCA openers Gordon Makin and Vijay Patel gave the team a good start, Vijay falling for an aggressive 20 in the eighth over with the score on 42. Jashwanth Reddy went quickly, but, while Gordon and Mani remained at the crease, a decent total seemed possible. Gordon saw off the GRCC quicks and batted fluently, but he and Mani struggled to rotate the strike, and after Gordon fell for 39, top score for the innings (two fours), misplaying – to his own evident frustration — slow bowler Gogi Singh, with the score on 104 in the 23d over, things went down quickly. Mani was Gogi’s second victim, caught for 30 (one six, one four), with the score on 132, and Motown-MCA’s innings petered out for 146.
The bowlers made valiant efforts as GRCC replied, but on a small ground the target never seemed out of reach, despite Murali (2/17) making good use of the new ball, as the first three batsmen scored only 18 between them. Man of the Match Gogi Singh went after the bowling, and amassed an aggressive 89 n.o., as GRCC strolled home by seven wickets.
Motown-MCA can still qualify for the semi-finals, but a big victory over GDCC at Lyon Oaks this Saturday will be needed.
Motown-MCA (146 a.o. in 32 overs) lost by seven wickets to GRCC (147/3 in 20 overs).