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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 CC Invites Youth Players to Join its Weekly Practices

MCA is not currently running a youth camp, but MCA Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami has suggested that junior players who are ready to play hard-ball cricket might like to join Motown CC’s weekly practices at Lyon Oaks Park (Thursdays, 6.30 pm). For more information, please contact Motown CC President Michael Makin.

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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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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 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 Practice at 6pm, Thursday, 5 July, Lyon Oaks

As ever, Motown-MCA practice will be at 6 pm on Thursday, at the Lyon Oaks cricket ground in Wixom. It will be preceded by the High Performance Coaching session run by Dr V. V. Giri (for details see following post). 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.

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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 Captain Plans for Season, Indoor Practices

As the Michigan winter slowly releases its grip, Motown Captain Sathish Thandapani has announced plans for a series of indoor practices and, possibly, indoor matches, in anticipation of the forthcoming MichCA season. Look out for more announcements in the coming weeks, and get that cricket kit out of the basement.

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No Motown-MCA Team in Great Lakes Tournament

The captain of Motown C.C., in consultation with officers of MCA, has decided that it will not be possible to field a team in this year’s Great Lakes Tournament, due to start this weekend. Motown and MCA are sorry to have to make this announcement, but with the tournament beginning so late in the year and with the College Cup also starting soon, it proved impossible to put together a playing squad for this weekend, and it was feared that it would be almost as hard to do so next weekend.

Motown and MCA players who wish to play in the GLT and have not yet found alternative teams are advised to contact MichCA President Shahid Ahmed and/or Vice President Pankaj Mahajan.

MCA continues to build its squad for the College Cup (8/9 October). Please confirm your participation as soon as possible.

An indoor tournament is planned for the winter months. Check the web site for announcements and details.

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MCA and Motown News, 15-18 September.

With Motown-MCA now eliminated from the MichCA 40-overs competition, attention turns to the upcoming Great Lakes T20 Tournament (schedule to be announced) and the National Collegiate Cricket Championship (24-25 September).  Motown captain Sathish Thandapani is preparing the Motown-MCA roster for the GLT, please let him know of your availability for the tournament.  Meanwhile, MCA is finalizing its roster for the NCCC (U-25 players only, as specified in the tournament playing conditions).  Please let MCA know of your availability (or otherwise) as soon as possible.

The Junior Instructional League is scheduled for its regular practice session on Friday, 16 September, at Lyon Oaks Park, Wixom, starting at 6 pm, but with the autumn weather now unpredictable, participants are advised to confirm with MCA that practice will indeed take place before heading for Wixom.  It is hoped to stage a small tennis-ball tournament for the junior players later in the month — watch this web site for news.

Finally, readers may be interested to note that the Diversity Cup,  one of the Midwest’s most significant tournaments, played this year over the Labor Day Weekend, saw a comprehensive victory for Shahid Malik’s powerful World XI, as the tournament summary shows.

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