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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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MCA Prepares for College Cup

MCA has been seeded first in its group for this weekend’s National Collegiate Championship, and will play the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) XI and then the Oakland University XI on Saturday, 8 October, times and grounds to be announced. The top two teams in each group will advance to Sunday’s semi-finals. As soon as more details are known they will be posted to this web site.  Event flyer may be downloaded here.

Everyone who has made himself available for the tournament should attend practice at Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground on Friday evening (out-of-town players who will not be able to attend should let MCA know).

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Tennis Ball Mini-Tournament, Friday, 7 October, Lyon Oaks

MCA invites all its junior players and their friends to participate in a mini-tournament of hard-tennis-ball cricket on the evening of Friday, 7 October, at Lyon Oaks Cricket ground. MCA would be delighted to see a good turn-out for this end-of-season event; senior players are also very welcome to support the tournament. Please let MCA know if you plan to attend.

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MCA and Motown Schedule, 8-10 September, Other News

The Motown-MCA practice scheduled for Thursday evening has been cancelled because of the weather. The MCA Instructional League scheduled for tomorrow is also under threat from the weather. Please check with MCA to confirm that it will go ahead.

On Saturday, Motown-MCA play Lions CC at the Hartland ground in a crucial fixture. Motown-MCA must win to stay alive in the MichCA Cup. Please notify Motown-MCA captain Sathish Thandapani immediately of your availability for this match.

MichCA’s Great Lakes Tournament (T-20) is about to start, and Motown-MCA must form a squad. Please notify Motown-MCA captain Sathish Thandapani of your availability for the tournament (schedule to be announced shortly, MichCA anticipates first-round matches beginning as early 17 September).

Other news:

MCA Players, Coach Prominent on MichCA Team in Unity Cup (Chicago)

MCA Player on DreamCricket ICC Americas U-15 Northern Division All-Tournament Team

Willow Talk: Dr V. V. Giri on Dravid and DRS

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Extra Instructional League Session Saturday

MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra has announced that, because today’s Instructional League session was badly affected by rain, he will hold an extra session tomorrow (Saturday, 11 June) at Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground, 6 pm.   New recruits, including novices, are very welcome. Please note, however, that the instructional league is now normally scheduled for Fridays.

Motown-MCA’s 40-overs team will be away in Grand Rapids tomorrow; if you happen to be in the area, please drop in to cheer them on (399 84th ST , Byron Center MI 49315 www.grandrapidscricketclub.com). Note, too, that, for the first time, cricket will feature in the Meijer State Games of Michigan, to be played over the weekend of 25/6 June, also in Grand Rapids.

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US Corporate Cup This Weekend

One of the Midwest’s biggest cricket tournaments takes place this weekend – MichCA’s annual U.S. Corporate Cup (T-20 format), in which nine teams will compete this year: Altair, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Henry Ford Health Systems, and NYX. The schedule for Saturday has been announced as follows:

9 am – 12:15 pm — Ford vs NYX at Belle Isle, Chrysler vs HFHS at Lyon Oaks, Altair vs GM at Bloomer;
12:30 pm – 3:45 pm — Ford vs BCBS at Belle Isle, DMF vs HFHS at Lyon Oaks, GM vs CAT at Bloomer;
4 pm -7:15 pm — BCBS vs NYX at Belle Isle, Chrysler vs DMF at Lyon Oaks, Altair vs CAT at Bloomer.

The semi-finals will be played on Sunday (times and grounds tba), with the final scheduled for 3 pm at Bloomer Park. Family activities are planned for the final, which will be web cast live.

Several familiar faces will be involved in the tournament, including MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra and MCA parent Neill Quinlan, both of whom will be playing for Chrysler, last year’s runners-up.

Tournament Flyer

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CER Announces Team for U-19 National Tournament – Kishan Patel Selected; Two MCA Players Among Reserves

Central East Region has announced its team for the U-19 National Tournament, originally scheduled for Detroit during the first weekend in August, but now rescheduled for Los Angeles over 19-22 August. Kishan Patel is among those selected, while two other MCA players are among the reserves:

1.   Abhijit Joshi  Captain
2.   Fahad Babar  Vice captain
3.   Srijay Kumar
4.   Aashay Chavan
5.   Jason Fox
6.   Kishan Patel
7.   Bilal Ismail
8.   Salman Ahmad
9.   Shubhankar
10. Wasim Patel
11. Talha Zamir
12. Jacques Gerber
13. Akhil Sridher
14. Shoib Choudhery
 
Reserves:
Haris Ahmed
Vaibhav Ganesh
Zakaria Uddin
Rohit Mogalayapalli
Gordon Makin

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MCA Players Thrive at National U-15 Tournament

MCA contributed three players to the Central East Region team that finished in third place in the national U-15 tournament in Newark, N.J. last week. Reports on each of CER’s four matches have already been posted to the MCA web site. Two MCA players were adjudged “man-of-the-match”; they can be seen receiving their awards on a video embedded in the DreamCricket report on the final day’s play and the awards ceremony.

The same two players were also included in DreamCricket’s unofficial Tournament XI: USA Cricket National U-15 Championship – Top performers and Tournament XI – USA Cricketer. The XI consists of three New Yorkers, three from North West (the first and second-place regions), two from Atlantic (which had two teams in the tournament), one from Southwest, and the two from CER.  The three Northwest players are all from California Cricket Academy, which is the only club/academy to have contributed more players than (much smaller) MCA.

Coach Shyam’s photographs from the tournament can be seen on the MCA Flickr stream (see link on the right of the MCA home page). CER coach Sunil Kumar’s photographs can be found here.

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CER Seals Third Place with Tight Victory over Hosts Atlantic

“Is it not passing brave to be a king, / And ride in triumph through Persepolis?”. Indeed it is, but it was North West, not Central East, who might have been quoting Christopher Marlow at the end of the U-15 national tournament tonight after their efficient victory over New York, whose star batsmen missed out, allowing the Californians to ease to their third straight championship.

Yet Central East and their coach Sunil Kumar had very good reason to feel themselves, if not kings, then at least princes, riding through New Jersey’s Persepolis tonight, after defending a modest total of 118 with some excellent bowling and fielding, not to mention nerves of steel, to take a well-deserved third place, defeating host region Atlantic by six runs at Watsessing Park, Newark. For the first time in four matches it was not an MCA player who top-scored for CER, but skipper Parth Joshi, whose 31 was the key innings for the Midwesterners; Parth then went on to share the death bowling with MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli (whose brisk 19 would also prove to be vital). Parth took 3-23, including the final wicket – that of no. 10 batsman Nazir Mehdi, brilliantly caught by Samvit Tirunnalayi, diving at short extra cover — with eight balls remaining and the hosts just seven runs short of a great rear-guard victory. Cheers and tears were in equal proportions on the boundary as CER players and supporters embraced ecstatically, while Atlantic sought solace.

When Parth won the toss for the third consecutive time, and CER batted for the fourth successive day, there was hope that openers Gordon Makin and Rohit Mogalayapalli could make it four-out-of-four sound starts, but in the ninth over Gordon let his back foot slide out of his crease as he tried to block an off break from Sharma and was stumped for six, ending the first-wicket partnership on a modest total of 22. Rohit batted on, hitting two fours, in a good partnership with Parth, whose own 31 was the highest score of the match. But Rohit was caught off a top edge when pulling, and Parth was yorked, as Atlantic applied pressure with both spin and pace. Among the other batsmen, only MCA’s Ani Mayasandra, who hit two powerful fours in a rapid 12, reached double figures, and CER were all out for 118 in the 39th over. No one was surprised that Atlantic had bowled so well – they had, after all, restricted South West to 130 in a match their supporters felt they had thrown away – and it was equally predictable that tournament Best Bowler Ryan Persaud had the best figures in today’s match – 8-2-9-3. Now the question was – could CER, a team with better batting than bowling in the first three matches respond by putting pressure on the hosts, and, especially, on their best batsman – Persaud and Rishi Patel? As against South West the day before, CER opened with spin – Nauman Khan’s leg breaks from one end, and Vivek Joglekar’s off breaks from the other. An early breakthrough was required, and Vivek duly provided it when he had Patel brilliantly caught by Arjun Ahuja for two in the second over. Medium-pacer Arnav Sridher and leg-spinner Arsalan Babar came on first- and second-change (and bowled equally well), meaning that Atlantic faced no pace at all until the second half of their innings. Kiwi William Gilliard and Persaud scored forty runs between the two of them, but CER consistently took wickets and fielded well enough (their best performance in the field this week) to keep the brakes on throughout the innings. When Gordon stumped Gilliard off Arsalan and Arnav found the ball to dismiss Persaud, whom he had consistently troubled, for 21, Atlantic were clearly under the cosh. Two run-outs told of the pressure, while Parth’s excellent caught-and-bowled – a rolling dive to dismiss Silva under the batsman’s own nose — and Arjun’s catch of Khan, pulling Arnav hard to midwicket, showed that CER could field with the best. However, no. 8 Ghous Agha and Mehdi both belied their lower-order places by hitting out, so that the pressure now told on CER: a missed stumping, a missed run-out, and two drops off consecutive balls in the covers. Even after Agha went for 14, clean bowled by Rohit in his first over (the 36th), Atlantic, nine down, continued to fight, buoyed by raucous support from the boundary. Mehdi pushed on, punishing every bad ball and leaving every wide (which was cheered like a six as Atlantic’s supporters grew in hope), while eleventh man Narayam played out eight dot balls without looking troubled. CER supporters were anxious, Atlantic’s fans ever more hopeful, until Mehdi’s hard drive nestled in the small hands of nine-year-old Samvit, who was immediately buried under a pile of team mates.

At the closing ceremony MCA’s Rohit and Gordon picked up their Man-of-the-match trophies, along with Parth, and Rohit celebrated finishing the tournament as CER’s top run scorer and the only CER batsmen to score double figures in each match. No CER man had the numbers of the top batsmen in the tournament, but some of the highest scores in other matches came under less pressure than had been faced by CER’s leading run-scorers, two of whom were MCA players. MCA’s third player, Ani Mayasandra (top-scorer among MCA youth players in MichCA’s T-20 league), twice in the tournament showed how valuable big-hitting can be, and was probably CER’s unluckiest batsman in terms of marginal decisions. Meanwhile, CER’s bowlers had good reason to be happy – Nauman Khan, Vivek Joglekar, and Arsalan Babar had proved that spin could be deadly early in the match, while Parth, Rohit, and Arjun had all bowled very well in different matches under intense late-innings pressure (today’s death bowling by Rohit and Parth was the final key to the match); Ani’s left-arm pace, so effective this year in Michigan, was used less than might have been expected. In the field, Parth, Vivek, Nauman, Rohit, and Arjun all made major contributions to CER’s improvements, while Gordon’s keeping, although not perfect, was very respectable (and always came after his contributions as an opening batsman, three of which were of significant duration).

Only the most optimistic CER supporter could have hoped that the region would finish in first or second place, so third place, achieved at the expense of the host, was a very satisfying result, not least because only four of the current team are “true U-15s”. They will hope to leave a legacy for next year and the years to come, as CER’s youngest team will aim to rise from princes to kings.

Coach Shyam’s Expert Comments:

“It was a thrilling roller coaster ride all the way to the 10th wicket. Both sides’ weakness in playing spin was exposed, as indicated by the low totals. Also a factor was the ground size, the biggest CER played in so far, as evidenced by the very few fours and no sixes. All the MCA boys scored modestly, albeit making a contribution of nearly 40 runs in the 118 total. It must be admitted that the day belonged to Chicagoans in the CER contingent for the first time in the tournament. Nauman Khan and Arsalan Babar were great finds for CER, and are sure to do well in future. Vivek Joglekar did great as well, but it was Parth Joshi who performed as a true all rounder, not to mention his captaincy under a pressure situation on the field and confusing communication from off the field. Arnav, Arjun and Samvit executed their roles admirably. Near the end of the match there were some signs of frayed nerves on the boundary, but there were plenty of sporting gestures from the supporters of both sides as the two teams left the field.”

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CER’s Batsmen, Spinners Too Strong for Young Directors’ XI

The second day of the USACA national U-15 tournament saw CER, led by MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli, who scored a blistering 68 and took one wicket (a simple choice for Man of the Match), defeat the Directors’ XI, comprised of Atlantic Region’s best younger players, by 86 runs. Batting first at the Orange Park ground, CER got runs from almost all their leading batsmen, and, while the young Directors’ players (many of them coached at the DreamCricket Academy by Earl and Malika Daley, whose excellent work showed very clearly in the field and at the crease) resisted valiantly in their reply, CER’s spinners contained very effectively, aided by some improved fielding, so that their young opponents never looked like overhauling CER’s 220. MCA’s openers Rohit and Gordon
Makin gave CER a good start, but Gordon, who had played some fine drives for fours, fell caught behind for 18 when the score was 34, trying to cut a ball he might have left alone at that stage of the innings. After Arnav Sridher briefly steadied the ship, Captain Parth Joshi came to the crease and built a spectacular 100+ partnership with Rohit. Both hit the ball hard and effectively, especially to the leg side, and dominated the bowling with excellent, aggressive strokeplay. They were looking good for even more runs until somewhat rash charges saw them both stumped, Parth for 40, and Rohit for his game changing 68. MCA’s Ani Mayasandra, towering over some of his young opponents, then came to the crease with one thing in mind, and 28 balls later he had added 34, including two sixes and four fours. CER’s last six batsmen added only a few more runs, but 221 was an intimidating target, and the Directors’ XI never looked like chasing it down. However, CER’s senior men were full of praise for ten-year-old Raymond whom they remembered from MCA’s 2009 Labor Day Weekend Tournament and who stayed almost twenty overs for a beautifully played 20, after taking four wickets in the CER innings, while Harish batted even longer for his 22. As against New York, almost all of CER’s bowlers were economical, but this time Arsalan Babar (6-1-8-3) and Nauman Khan (8-1-17-3) were able to inflict real damage with their accurate, flighted leg spin, aided by two stumpings from Gordon. The Directors’ XI were delighted to bat out their 40 overs and end the match on 134/8, while CER supporters worried that the match, although a very satisfactory victory, revealed a certain lack of penetration in the Midwesterners’ bowling. Several CER players remarked after the match that the marginal decisions seemed to go against them, but they also regretted a number of missed chances. CER coach Sunil Kumar later congratulated all his top-order batsmen, but joined other observers in noting that they missed chances (on a day when two centuries were made elsewhere in the tournament) to push on for even bigger scores.

Next up for CER is Southwestern Region, reputed to have some fine bowlers.

Coach Shyam’s Expert Comments:

The day turned out excellent for CER who looked dominant from the first ball. What they didn’t expect was the tenacity of the players from much younger Director’s XI, the credits clearly going to their coaches. Within the CER team, MCA players stole the show, with Rohit, Gordon and Ani scoring more than half the runs. Playing the spinners is a lacuna in CER batting that needs to be corrected immediately when we are facing a tougher opponent (SWR) on Saturday. But the team looks solid right now and should keep their act together to win the next two.

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