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MCA Players in Club Cricket This Season

MCA itself may have had a quiet season, but several MCA graduates have been very active in Michigan club cricket this year (the following statistics are taken from Mich-CA records on the web site Results Vault; these records are generally incomplete, but have been supplemented with further data whenever available).

Anurag Yerabati (now aged twenty-one (?)) played for Michigan Premier C.C. and Warriors C.C. in Mich-CA’s forty- and twenty-over competitions, respectively. His T-20 team (formerly Wayne State University C.C.) won the T-20 Trophy, with Anurag taking 10 wickets for 113 in regular-season matches, achieving best figures of 3/11 against H.F.H.S.C.C. He also took five wickets for M.P.C.C. in regular-season forty-over matches; M.P.C.C. were runners-up in the Mich-CA forty-over Contenders’ Trophy.

Chamila Kannangara (now aged twenty-one (?)) played for M.P.C.C. in the Great Lakes Trophy, the T-20 Shield (one match), and the forty-overs league, making a total of nine appearances. He took five wickets for M.P.C.C., with his best figures of 3/27 coming against his old club, Motown C.C.

Aniruddha Mayasandra (now aged eighteen) played for M.P.C.C. in the forty-overs league and in the Great Lakes Trophy. He finished the regular season ranked by Results Vault as the sixth-best all-rounder the league.  In all competitions for M.P.C.C. this year he scored 124 runs at an average of 20 (with a top score of 62, against his old club, Motown C.C.), and took 12 wickets at an average of 8.5, with his best figures of 4/15 coming against Royal Knights. Taking advantage of the Mich-CA rule that allows U-21 players to represent more than one club in the same competition, Ani also made two appearances for Macomb C.C. He was the captain of the Mich-CA U-19 team that finished second in July’s Junior Olympics tournament and played for Vehma Engineering in the Corporate Cup. Ani was considered for the team that represented Mich-CA in the Unity Cup in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, but was unavailable to play.

Gordon Makin (now aged seventeen) played for Motown C.C., for whom he has played since he was twelve, in the forty-overs competitions, opening the batting and keeping wicket. Motown won the forty-overs Contenders’ Trophy. Gordon also played for Punjab C.C. Kings in the T-20 Trophy and for M.P.C.C. in the T-20 Shield, and made one appearance for Macomb C.C. in the T-20 Trophy. He was the leading run-scorer for Motown in all tournaments this year, recording a total of 275 runs, with top scores of 79 n.o. (vs Lions) and 79 (vs Royal Knights C.C.), at an average of 25. Results Vault lists him third in dismissals among league wicket keepers in both the forty-overs league and in the T-20 Shield for the regular season. For Punjab C.C. Gordon scored over 100 runs in four appearances, with a top score of 64 not out (against Punjab Hawks C.C.). Gordon was the vice-captain of the Mich-CA U-19 team in the Junior Olympics. Like Ani, he was considered for the team that represented Mich-CA in the Unity Cup in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, but was unavailable to play.

MCA congratulates all of its graduates and wishes them continued success on and off the cricket field. We are sure that all these players acknowledge the contribution to their cricket development made by MCA Joint Head Coaches Shyam Mayasandra and Vasanth Krishnaswami, and MCA High-performance Coach V.V. Giri.


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Motown-MCA Season Ends with Defeat to GDCC

Motown-MCA’s season of “almosts” ended with another “almost” on Saturday, 15 September, at Lyon Oaks, when they lost by three wickets to Greater Detroit Cricket Club and were eliminated from the MichCA forty-overs tournament.

Motown-MCA, batting first, were 113/2 (but could score only 175/8 in 40 overs); man-of-the-match Murali scored a brilliant 96, took two excellent diving catches, and bowled 6 economical overs (but ended up on the losing side). The season in a nutshell.

Among other highlights of the Motown-MCA innings, MCA’s wicket-keeper batsman Gordon Makin was second in runs scored with 22 and shared in a 70-run second-wicket stand with Mani Ramprasad; MCA’s Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami scored a comfortable 13 not out at the end of the Motown-MCA innings, sharing an unbeaten ninth-wicket stand of 30 with Khayam Hashmi (14 not out), and then took 1/16 in four overs; Khayam took 1/30 in six overs; MCA’s Anurag Yerabati bowled seven overs, taking 1/35 and executed an excellent run-out.  Motown-MCA’s bowling also provided moments of optimism: despite solid knocks from Kumar Devineni (20), Keyur Patel (25), and Rohan Wanchoo (20), the home team certainly fancied their chances when the visitors were 81/5 and then 126/6. But, once again, it wasn’t enough.  Motown-MCA almost pulled it off, but a sixth wicket stand of forty between the apparently ageless pair of Faisil Sultan (38) and Shahid Ahmed (18 not out) took the match away, and a crestfallen team left for refreshments in Wixom, where they considered a season full of opportunities, promise, and, ultimately, disappointments.

Motown-MCA lost the toss and were put in, with Vijay Patel and Gordon Makin obliged to face the swing and skid of Taimoor Ahmed and Chandan Sood on a damp morning. Although Vijay fell early, caught behind (one of three catches for GDCC wicket-keeper Arfin Mustafa), Gordon survived initial struggles and, together with Mani, saw off the new-ball bowlers. When Gordon was caught behind off Shahid Ahmed with the score on 70, a solid base had been achieved, although the stand might have been bigger had the running between the wickets been crisper. Nonetheless, with 22 overs left, Motown-MCA felt optimistic. Gordon’s dismissal brought in Murali, the only Motown-MCA batsman to reach or clear the ropes (3 sixes, 3 fours), and his superb 96 deserved to be part of a winning total. But the familiar middle-order collapse saw Motown-MCA go from 113/3 when Mani was dismissed to a bleak 145/8, which included two ducks and two run-outs. Khayam and Vasanth added respectability, the only players apart from Murali and Gordon to reach double figures, but the final total could have been a lot more. The story of the batting in 2012.

In reply, GDCC got off to a good start, with a first-wicket stand of 41 between Kumar Devineni and Keyur Patel, but when the former was brilliantly caught off Khayam at second slip by a diving Murali and, two runs later, Anurag had the no. 3 batsman Omar Mustafa caught behind without scoring, the home team’s tails were definitely up. Sravan had Keyur Patel caught by Vasanth in the eighteenth over with the score on 74 and the following over Vasanth, whose recovery from shoulder problems has been one of the highlights of the season, had Kashif Saeed caught by Murali tumbling acrobatically in the covers, without GDCC adding to the score. When Mani removed the dangerous Rohan Wanchoo, caught at deep midwicket by Vijay Patel with the score on 81, Motown-MCA had a scent of a semi-final place. Then Arfin Mustafa and Faisil Sultan steadied GDCC with a stand of 45, although Anurag gave the hosts hope again when his direct hit ran out the GDCC wicket-keeper. The moment that hope finally disappeared was probably when MichCA President Shahid Ahmed, who, like Faisil Sultan, showed the value of experience with excellent shot selection and good running between the wickets, was put down behind – a difficult chance for the wicket-keeper standing up to Vasanth, but one that, if taken, would have put the batting team under pressure again (and a big disappointment on a day when Motown-MCA fielded well). As it was, the seventh wicket finally fell with only 10 runs needed (another excellent run-out, this time engineered by Khayam), and Ghanta Rao had no trouble in ending the match.  When a final push was needed, Motown-MCA’s bowling and fielding had not been quite crisp enough.  The story of 2012 in the field.

However, despite another day of disappointments, spirits were reasonably high over refreshments in Wixom, as the team contemplated its youth and potential. And next season is only six months away….

Motown-MCA 175/8 (Murali 96, Gordon 22, Kashif Saeed 4/38) lost by three wickets to GDCC (178/7, Faisil Sultan 38, Keyur Patel 25, Kumar Devineni 20, Rohan Wanchoo 20). Man-of-the-match: Murali.

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Depleted Motown-MCA Go Down to Grand Rapids

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).

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Motown-MCA Practice Thursday, Another Key Match on Saturday

 Motown-MCA practice is at 6 pm on Thursdays, at the Lyon Oaks cricket ground in Wixom. Motown-MCA always welcomes new players – if you are interested in playing for the team, just come to the weekly practice and make yourself known to one of the senior players. Since sister-club M.P.C.C. also practices at Lyon Oaks on Thursday nights, scrimmage matches are sometimes arranged as well as net practice.

Motown-MCA has a vital match against Greater Detroit C. C. at Lyon Oaks on Saturday.  If you have not yet notified the Motown-MCA captain, Sathish Thandapani, of your availability, please do so immediately.  A strong lineup is essential for this match.

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Motown-MCA Lose Narrowly to Canton

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.

Canton, 154 all out, defeated Motown-MCA, 143 all out, by eleven runs.

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Motown-MCA Post Good Total but Lose to Grand Rapids

For the second time this season Motown-MCA suffered a frustrating loss to Grand Rapids C. C., this time in the MichCA Forty-overs competition on Saturday, 14 July at Lyon Oaks. In a match shortened to 35 overs because of water from sprinklers on the infield, run-ups, and wicket early in the morning, Motown-MCA scored 235/5 (Vijay Patel 63, Murali 54 n.o., Hari 28, Mani 26 n.o.), but could not find the penetration to stop Grand Rapids chasing down the score, with Gogi (79 n.o), Bila (45), and Mayank Singh (36) doing most of the damage. Mani’s figures of 2/33 were the best for the home side.

Motown-MCA skipper Sathish Thandapani won the toss and had no hesitation in batting, sending in a new opening pair of Vijay Patel and Gordon Makin. They rewarded him with an opening stand of 37, seeing off the (sometimes wayward) new-ball bowling, before Gordon fell in the first over from Athis Patel, caught at first slip off a delivery that moved away. Vijay continued the way he knows best, hitting the ball hard, going over the top when the opportunity arose, and showing no concern for a couple of chances given in the process; no 3 Hari also batted in character – carefully and elegantly, before surprising spectators when stumped off Fahad Ilahi for 28. Captain Sathish Thandapani and one of this year’s new players, Praveen Konada, added a few, but the partnership between Mani and Murali, part of Motown’s Tamil Union, was key in the final overs, as Mani, with one six, was overtaken by Murali, firing on all cylinders for a five-over fifty that contained five sixes and four fours.

Motown-MCA’s total seemed around par on a big ground, and GRCC began quite slowly against the first three bowlers, Rohit Mogalayapalli, Murali, and Chamila Kannangara, but seasoned observers on the boundary noted that the new ball would have been better used if pitched up more, and when Motown-MCA’s spinners came on the slow wicket made aggression difficult for the fielding side. Mani engineered an excellent run-out to dismiss the dangerous opener Mayank Singh, after Khursid had been caught behind off Chamila, and Sai fell to Pawan Canchi’s spin, but a fourth-wicket stand of almost 100 between Bila (eventually acrobatically caught by Praveen off Mani) and Gogi made the difference. Joydeep Singh scored a quick 19 before falling to Murali, caught Sathish, while Sravanan added 12 before Mani had him caught by Murali, but it was too little, too late.

After the match senior observers remarked that Motown-MCA were clearly a stronger, better team than in previous years, noting that they had competed strongly in every match this season, but that the team seemed to lack a “killer instinct”, and that the younger players needed to learn how to win. It is to be hoped that that lesson will, indeed, be learned in the second half of the season.

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Motown-MCA Lose Narrowly to Troy

On 23 June at Bloomer Park Motown-MCA restricted Troy to 215 runs off 37.2 overs (Pawan 3/26, Mani 2/39; Prajwal 58, Tejas 32), but fell twelve runs short in a run chase that ended in the 37th over (Shyam 49, Mani 40).

Although Troy lost Jagminder early, the second-wicket stand of 93 between Prajwal and Ankur (28) ensured that Motown-MCA labored in the field, despite economical bowling from new-ball bowlers Anurag and Rohit, and first-change Khayam, making his first appearance for the team. Although wickets fell regularly after that stand, double figure scores from Harinder (20), Srinivas (10), and ninth man Tejas (32) provided Troy’s bowlers with a defendable total. The Motown-MCA spinners all bowled some tight overs, with Pawan’s 3/26 in eight overs (including a wicket maiden and a maiden) the pick of them. Among the fielding highlights was Ani’s direct hit to run out the dangerous Harinder.

Troy looked to blunt Motown-MCA’s big-hitting opening batsman, MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra, by opening with spin from both ends, but it was the other opening batsman, Gordon Makin, who fell to Sathish Ketkar in the first over, trying to glance a ball that he should have played straight. Anurag and Shyam rebuilt effectively, although Anurag was left to rue the shot that broke their 54-run partnership, with him on 16, and when Shyam fell one short of his fifty with the score on 81, bowled by Tejas, Motown-MCA’s biggest hope for an easy victory was gone. Mani’s excellent 40, captain Sathish’s 15, and 24 and 17 from the new men Khayam and Apurva, respectively, were not quite enough. Murali, injured taking a catch and batting no. 11, was left stranded on 2 not out when Pawan was narrowly run out for the tenth wicket.

Troy C. C. beat Motown-MCA by twelve runs.
Motown-MCA had no match over the weekend of 30 June / 31 July.

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Motown-MCA Fixture Postponed: Batting Line-up Too Explosive?

The Motown-MCA fixture  against Canton C. C., due to be played on Saturday 16 June, was postponed by order of the Canton Fire Marshall, after it was realized that a fireworks display had been scheduled for the Canton ground on the same day as the MichCA 40-0vers match. Motown-MCA’s advance guard arrived at the ground at 9.45 today, only to find a truck full of highly-explosive fireworks in the outfield, together with a dozen men charged with setting up the display, which is part of Canton Liberty Fest 2012.  There were apologies for the double booking, but nothing could be done.  Motown-MCA repaired to a local restaurant for a buffet lunch and then headed home, some looking forward to today’s Euro 2012 matches on TV, others to an afternoon visit to the Lyon Oaks nets.  Rumors that the Fire Marshall had described Motown-MCA’s batting line-up as “too explosive to bat near a truck-load of industrial-strength fireworks” have yet to be confirmed.

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Motown-MCA Lose to Toledo in 40-overs League

Motown-MCA put in a much better performance in the field on Saturday, taking some excellent catches and generally fielding well, but still lost by one wicket to a rather depleted Toledo side, for whom late-arriving batsman and man-of-the-match Arjun Ajbani scored an unbeaten 93 to see the Ohioans to victory. The outstanding performers for Motown-MCA, the home side at the Canton ground, were MCA’s Anurag Yerabati, who scored an excellent 30 and produced a very fine spell with the ball (7-0-28-4) and senior man Hari, whose beautifully crafted 82, scored after hardly touching a bat for months, was a reminder that “class is permanent”. Jashwanth Reddy took an exceptionally fine diving catch in the gully to dismiss Toledo’s Santosh Patel for one off the bowling of Murali, while Toledo’s other opener, Nayan Patel, fell to an athletic catch by wicket-keeper Gordon Makin, diving down the leg side to take a swirling edge off Sravan one-handed. However, the young wicket keeper was left to rue a chance spurned behind the wicket, given off spinner Mani by Arjun Ajbani before he had scored.

Motown-MCA began optimistically, batting against only eight men for the first fourteen overs of their innings (the ninth man arrived in the fifteenth over, and Ajbani arrived only in time to bat five-down), knowing, moreover, that Toledo had been penalized for late arrival by having four overs docked from their own batting innings. However, opener Gordon Makin, scorer of an unbeaten 61 last week, was reminded of the cruelties of the game when Chirag Bhandari yorked him for one with the score on thirteen. Murali and Mani both played some nice shots, but will regret finding fielders, and it was left to Anurag and Hari to make sure that Motown-MCA had a competitive score. Anurag, whose frustration at falling to the very effective slow bowling of Philip Allen (5/39) was understandable, showed once again what an improved and mature batsman he is now, playing a variety of shots and batting sensibly in partnership with Hari, whose offside play was particularly impressive. Apart from them, Mani’s 10 was the only Motown-MCA score in double figures, as the lower order fell cheaply, leaving MCA Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami stranded on five not out and the final score a rather disappointing 195.

When Toledo were 49/5 the home team probably thought that an early end to the match and escape from the intense heat and humidity were in sight. Sravan’s swing (5-0-28-3) and Anurag’s variety and accuracy looked as if they would guarantee a victory, and when Rohan Kapkar fell for 30 to Anurag, well caught by Pradeep in the outfield, with the score on 109, thoughts were still on an early victory. Anurag dismissed both Viral Thaker and Rakesh Patel, having earlier disposed of the dangerous Devin Patel, lbw for 8, but the late-arriving Arjun Ajbani could not be dislodged, offering just the one, crucial, chance behind before he had scored. He batted patiently, in careful partnership with last man Philip Allen, until the penultimate over allotted to Toledo, bowled by the previously economical Hari. Three fine sixes off four balls tied the score, and winning runs were then scored off the last ball of the 35th over.

Motown-MCA 195 all out in 32.5 overs (Hari 82, Anurag 30; Philip Allen 5/39) lost by one wicket to Toledo (196/8 in 35 overs; Arjun 93 n.o, Rohan 30; Anurag 4/28, Sravan 3/28).

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Joint Motown-MCA Practice Thursday, Match Saturday

All Motown-MCA players are encouraged to attend practice at the Lyon Oaks nets on Thursday, 7 June, beginning at 6.00 pm.  Saturday’s fixture is against Toledo, traditionally one of the strongest sides in the Michigan Cricket Association.  Players should inform Motown captain Sathish Thandapani of their availability by Friday morning.

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