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MCA Youth Camp Ends with Victory for Players over Coaches

MCA’s summer youth camp concluded on Friday, 14 September, with a two-innings match between the Players and their Coaches and Parents at Lyon Oaks. In fading light an anxious umpire (whose decision making had already been called into question several times) ended play with the match apparently drawn, but consultation of the playing conditions revealed that, in such an event, the team with the first-innings lead would be declared the winner. The Coaches and Parents had scored an aggregate of 85 runs in two innings when bad light stopped play, but Shreyas Bolar’s power-hitting had earlier taken the Players to 55 in eight overs, while the Coaches and Parents had been able to muster only a modest 42/6 in their first innings, so the Players were duly declared victorious. Highlights for the Players included: the spectacular yorking of Coach Gordon Makin by the Players’ Captain Sarosh Irani, a dismissal that brought whoops of delight from the entire field as the Coaches and Parents’ opening batsman played all around the delivery; excellent batting and bowling from the diminutive Vidvath Vasudevan and Amit; good work behind the stumps from Sameer Yelamarthi; enthusiastic and economical spells from Tejas Bolar, Vishrudh Vasudevan, Tejas Bolar, and Atharwa Kale; fine efforts with ball and bat from Smit and Dikshant; and some good bowling from the injured Advath, who came on to assist an increasingly bedraggled Coaches and Parents’ attack. In the field MCA Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami let his side down at least twice, blaming his drops on the poor light, while fellow Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra’s run-out also contributed to the defeat. Coach Chamila Kannangara seemed to prefer advice to action, and it was left to the Parents to shore up their side’s efforts, both with bat and ball. Had Ashutosh Kale not been no-balled twice for over-stepping after appearing to take wickets (not the only dubious decisions from MCA’s Information Director, whose eyesight and competence were repeatedly questioned by Coach Gordon Makin), the story might have been different, as Parents Vasu, Bal, Narine, Ardeshir, and Venkat also worked hard to remedy deficiencies in the performance of the Coaches.

Once the bad light had curtailed the cricket, players, coaches, and parents gathered in the middle to celebrate the end of the camp. Coaches were thanked for their efforts over the summer and players congratulated for their accomplishments and evident skills. MCA hopes to offer indoor coaching and match sessions starting in October.

Although the umpire’s decision to abandon play because of bad light was almost universally criticized on Friday, the picture above suggests that the light at Lyon Oaks was, indeed, rather poor as camp concluded.

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Summer Youth Camp Concludes Friday with Players vs Coaches and Parents Match

MCA’s summer youth camp will conclude at the Lyon Oaks ground on Friday with a match between the players who have participated so enthusiastically in the practice sessions all summer and all available coaches and parents. The match starts at 6pm, all MCA families are urged to participate, while it is hoped that members of the youth camp will persuade at least one parent to turn out for the opposition.

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MCA Summer Junior Cricket Camp Continues, Friday, 7 September, Lyon Oaks

MCA is delighted to remind readers that every Friday until at least mid-September the Academy will run a youth coaching camp at the Lyon Oaks cricket ground in Wixom, beginning at 6 pm. The camp welcomes boys and girls of all ages and levels of cricketing experience (including none). The camp will be supervised by MCA Joint Head Coaches Mr Shyam Mayasandra and Dr Vasanth Krishnaswami, with “hands-on” coaching from members of the Motown C.C. / MCA joint team, currently playing in the Michigan Cricket Association 40-overs competition. It is hoped that the camp will include intramural small-sided matches. All equipment will be provided (although players are welcome to bring their own). The cost of the  camp is $150, with checks payable to “Michigan Cricket Academy” (those joining late may pay pro-rated fees). For more information, please contact MCA’s Information Director. For pictures of previous camp sessions, see earlier posts.

Last week’s camp provided participants with fielding practice and work in the nets, while two weeks ago participants had the experience of a small-sided match;  three weeks ago it was net practice, games, and drills all designed to develop cricketing skills, and each player received individual coaching (see pictures below).  The final weeks of the camp will include a match between a parents and coaches XI and a players’ XI.  Watch the MCA web site for more information.

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MCA Summer Cricket Camp Continues, Friday, 13 July, Lyon Oaks

MCA is delighted to announce that every Friday in July and August the Academy will run a youth coaching camp at the Lyon Oaks cricket ground in Wixom, beginning at 6 pm. The two-month camp welcomes boys and girls of all ages and levels of cricketing experience (including none). The camp will be supervised by MCA Joint Head Coaches Mr Shyam Mayasandra and Dr Vasanth Krishnaswami, with “hands-on” coaching from members of the Motown C.C. / MCA joint team, currently playing in the Michigan Cricket Association 40-overs competition. It is hoped that the camp will include intramural small-sided matches. All equipment will be provided (although players are welcome to bring their own). The cost of the two-month camp is $150, with checks payable to “Michigan Cricket Association”. For more information, please contact MCA’s Information Director.

Pictures from last Friday’s session below

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