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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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Ford — U. S. Corporate Cricket Champions, 2012

MichCA has announced that Ford won the U. S. Corporate Cricket Championship at Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, yesterday (Sunday, 26th August). Ford, who beat G.E. twice in group matches on Saturday, knocked out second-ranked Caterpillar in a tight semi-final, and then narrowly defeated top-ranked Chrysler (victors over Tata and Infosys in group play, and G.M. in the semi-finals) to take a record fifth championship. This year, for the first time ever, a draft of available guest players took place: every corporate team was able to add to their squad up to four Michigan cricketers not affiliated with their own business; teams were also able to select one U-19 player. Three MCA players took place in the tournament – seventeen-year-old Ani Mayasandra, a second-round draft pick for Infosys, who carried his bat for an unbeaten 55 (his maiden half-century) in his team’s victory over Tata, and was Man of the Match; sixteen-year-old Gordon Makin, a youth pick for G.E., who opened the batting and kept wicket in his team’s two matches against Ford (Gordon top-scored for G.E. in the first match); and twenty-one-year-old Anurag Yerabati, a fourth-round draft pick for Blue Cross Blue Shield, who played in one match for his team and performed very creditably (full details not available at the time of writing).

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Good Day for MCA in U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship

Provisional scores for the first day  of the U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship, organized by the Michigan Cricket Association, suggest that the familiar big-name teams did well (Ford, Chrysler, Caterpillar, G.M.), but also tell a great tale for MCA. Seventeen-year-old Ani Mayasandra, a second-round draft choice for Infosys, scored his maiden half-century against Tata on Saturday afternoon at the Canton ground, carrying his bat for an unbeaten and chanceless 55, as Infosys chased down 136 in 15 overs. He also took one wicket and one catch in Infosys’s second match, a defeat to Chrysler. Ani was Man of the Match for Infosys against Tata.

Meanwhile, at Lyon Oaks, sixteen-year-old MCA wicket-keeper batsman Gordon Makin was the only G.E. player to reach double figures in the morning match against a strong Ford side (who would go on to beat Caterpillar in the semi-final on Sunday and Chrysler in the final), making a chanceless 34 in 17 overs (out of a total of 78), falling when the order to hit out came from the boundary as GE worked hard to build a fighting total; GE then battled to defend a disappointing score, after being put in by Ford (who were aware that dew would slow the outfield and make the wicket skiddy), but went down by 7 wickets. Chandon Sood for Ford took 3/9 in four overs, while Ford’s Sriram equaled Gordon’s 34 in a victorious reply, completed in 12.2 overs. G.E., obliged to play a second successive match against Ford (because of the late withdrawal of NYX), put in the automobile makers in the afternoon match, and saw them make a solid 150/8 off 20 overs (aided by a series of good partnerships, a number of missed chances, and 25 wides); Gordon took a fine diving catch behind the stumps. G.E.’s reply began well, as Gordon and Kumar put on 40+ in seven overs, but after the MCA opener fell for 16, well caught in the gully off a fierce edge, only Kumar (an impressive 51) offered serious opposition, and G.E. went down by some 40 runs.  Ford’s Naupreet tormented the batsmen, taking four wickets in four overs.

Details from the matches at Bloomer are yet to reach MCA, but it is understood that MCA’s third Corporate Cup player, twenty-one-year-old Anurag Yerabati (Motown-MCA vice-captain and a fourth-round draft pick) was given only one match by his BCBS team, but performed creditably.

Two of tomorrow’s semi-finalists are known to MCA at the time of writing: Chrysler and Ford. Tomorrow’s final is scheduled for 2.30 at Bloomer Park, with live video streaming on the Internet.

Further details of the USCCC will be posted when they become available.



G.E. team between matches against Ford at Lyon Oaks on Saturday.


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USCCC Semi-finalists Announced

MichCA has just announced tomorrow’s semi-final line-up in the U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship: Chrysler will play G.M. at Bloomer Park, match starting at 10; Ford will play Caterpillar at Lyon Oaks, match starting at 9.30. The final is scheduled for 2.30 p.m. at Bloomer Park. MCA players and friends are warmly encouraged to attend the matches.

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Two MCA Players Taken in USCCC Draft; Another Rostered as Youth Selection

This year, for the first time, MichCA’s U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship held a draft of guest players: all participating teams were able to select up to four Michigan players, nominated by their clubs and not affiliated with the corporations participating. The four-round draft took place on Monday night in Farmington Hills, under the direction of MichCA’s Pankaj Mahajan and the tournament rules committee, of which MCA’s Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami is a member. NYX Inc. has withdrawn from the tournament and Tata Technologies chose not to make any selections; the remaining seven teams had four choices each. Infosys chose MCA’s Ani Mayasandra in the second round and Blue Cross Blue Shield picked Anurag Yerabati in the fourth round.  In addition, Gordon Makin will play for G.E. as a U-19 selection.  MCA wishes all three players the very best in what should be an excellent tournament.

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U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship, 25-26 August

The tenth annual U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship, organized by MichCA, will take place next weekend, with nine teams representing major corporations competing for the Cup. The Infosys team will be captained by MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra, while other MCA players and associates are likely to be involved. First round matches take place on Saturday at the Lyon Oaks, Bloomer Park, Belle Isle, and Canton grounds, with the semi-finals played at Lyon Oaks and Bloomer on Sunday morning, and the final scheduled to begin at 2.30 on Sunday afternoon at Bloomer.

USCCC 2012 Flyer.

USCCC Schedule .

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Caterpillar Win US Corporate Cup Again; MCA Players Participate in Tournament

On Sunday at Bloomer Park Peioria’s Caterpillar defeated Ford comfortably to win the U. S. Corporate Cricket Cup for the second year in a row. The semi-finals saw Caterpillar defeat Chrysler by a big margin at Lyon Oaks and Ford overwhelm GM at Bloomer Park. Caterpillar’s Ram Velamakanni was tournament MVP and Best Batsman. Best Bowler was Ford’s Ganesh; Best Fielder – Rohan Wanchoo from Chrysler; and Best Wicketkeeper – Mayank Singh from Caterpillar.

This year’s tournament was the biggest ever, with eleven teams competing.

MCA regulars Anurag Yerabati (Infosys), and Ani Mayasandra and Gordon Makin (G.E.), as well as Kishan Patel (Infosys) played in the tournament – the first time that youth players have been invited to participate, while Taimoor Ahmed played for Caterpillar. On Saturday, in pool mataches, Anurag scored 15 and took two wickets in the Infosys victory against BCBS, while Gordon kept for both of G.E.’s matches (defeats to Caterpillar and G.M.), taking the only catch that stuck for G.E. in the match against the future champions, a match that would have been tighter than the eventual 80-run victory margin, had more of the chances given by Caterpillar stuck.

A large crowd attended the final on Sunday, in which Caterpillar’s deep batting, good slow bowling, and crisp fielding saw the Illinois team retain the championship. Tournament Chairman Pankaj Mahajan promised an even bigger and better tournament next year, with the possibility of a  two-weekend tournament with a qualification round on the first weekend offering more places and more excitement.

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Caterpillar Wins U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship; Coach Shyam Mayasandra (Chrysler) Bloody, but Unbowed

Last weekend saw the ninth annual U.S. Corporate Cricket Championship (formerly the Big Three Tournament), run by the Michigan Cricket Association. Nine teams competed, with many local players representing their companies, and other familiar faces appearing as guest players. MCA parent Neill Quinlan played for Chrysler, showing exemplary skill in the field (he took a steepling catch on the boundary against Henry Ford Health Systems) and also revealing a new side to his batting when he smacked the HFHS bowling all over the field in an aggressive cameo. Later on Saturday, MCA players arriving at Lyon Oaks for practice noticed what looked like a very familiar figure at the crease, batting for Chrysler in the day’s third match, against Daimler Finance, but were puzzled that the figure seemed to have a white beard. As soon as the batsman played a trademark flick off his legs, observers were left in no doubt: it was, indeed, MCA Coach and Chrysler guest player Shyam Mayasandra. He had not, in fact, grown a beard, but was wearing bandages around his face, because, earlier in the match, he had taken a top edge off a pull straight into his own chin, cutting his face and his tongue (Coach Shyam, of course, belongs to the generation that regards helmets as best suited – if at all – to motor-cyclists). After taking the blow, Coach Shyam retired briefly to be patched up, and then returned, bandaged, and unable to talk, to punish the bowling that inflicted his injury. Readers will not be surprised to learn that Coach Shyam carried out his plan to perfection, demonstrating not only admirable bravery, but also his usual skill in punishing the bad ball, to carry his bat for an unbeaten, and well-paced, 56, which drew great admiration from all around. His knock helped Chrysler defeat Daimler Finance, propelling them to a semi-final meeting the next day with another of this year’s new entrants, Caterpillar of Peoria; meanwhile, Ford, four-times champion, faced Daimler Finance in the other semi-final. Coach Shyam, Neill Quinlan, and the other Chrysler players fought hard against Caterpillar, but the Illinois opponent confirmed its status as tournament favorite with a solid victory, moving on to the final at Bloomer Park, where big-hitting Ford awaited. That final, played before a big crowd and web-cast live on the Internet, showed again the power of the young Caterpillar team. Winning the toss, they put Ford in, and despite some excellent batting from captain Rehan and other Ford players, restricted their opponent to 168, helped by excellent fielding and good death bowling by Yousaf (who had captained Ford in earlier years, before moving to Peoria). When, in the Caterpillar reply, the first wicket fell for only 16, there must have been some flutters in the Illinois camp, but that turned out to be Ford’s only success: a splendid unbeaten century by man-of-the-match Ram, ably supported by Aniruddh, saw Caterpillar home, with Ford’s fielding and bowling not quite sufficient to challenge what was clearly the tournament’s best team.

In addition to Neill Quinlan and Shyam Mayasandra, other MCA members and associates played a role in the tournament: Jayanth Canchi, father of MCA player Pawan and one of MichCA’s top umpires, stood in several matches, and MCA Joint Head Coach Vasanth Krishnaswami provided very enlightening color commentary. The web cast attracted viewers from across the world (at one point there were viewers in India and Pakistan), and has been archived at MCA members will recognize other familiar voices.

MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra, after hitting 56 not out for Chrysler

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