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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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Practice Cancelled Tonight (Sunday, 14 April)

The practice planned for tonight (Sunday, 14 April) has been cancelled because of the wet, cold weather.  It snowed earlier today; snow and cricket are generally a bad combination (ask anyone who has played county cricket in Durham in April…)

MCA will try to arrange a joint practice with Motown C. C. during the week — possibly on Thursday night.  Watch the web site, the Facebook page, and email for announcements.

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MCA Players, Coach Play Major Role in MPCC Win over Lions

With Motown idle last weekend (as again this weekend – Motown-MCA’s next match is the rearranged fixture against Canton C. C., which will be on Saturday, 11 August, at the Canton Ground; after that, Motown-MCA will participate in the Silver Group for the 40-over playoffs), MCA members had ample opportunity to ply their trades elsewhere. On Sunday, at Belle Isle, MCA’s Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra, and MCA players Chamila Kannangara, Anurag Yerabati, and Gordon Makin all played for M.P.C.C. in that club’s victory over leading club Lions C.C., who, fresh from their triumph over Grand Rapids in the final of Great Lakes Tournament the day before, fielded a somewhat depleted side. Nonetheless, M.P.C.C.’s captain Bhargava Puli had every reason to be delighted with his young side’s performance, bolstered by a century opening stand between Shyam Mayasandra (92) and Gordon Makin, followed by a four-wicket haul from Chamila Kannangara. Extracts from Bhargava’s report follow:

“It was a dream start for us by Shyam and Gordon giving us the first century opening partnership in MPCC’s history.

While Shyam was at his aggressive best, Gordon played a classic, mature innings by rotating the strike and smashing the bad balls and performed his role brilliantly.

Shyam played a fantastic innings, a treat to watch. Some of the 6s that were hit by Shyam would have, forget Belle Isle, cleared even a big ground like the MCG (in Australia).

Shyam made a brilliant 92 off 75 balls which included seven 4s and four 6s before getting caught out in the long off area going for another big one in the 19th over.

177 for 4 in 20 overs is a very very good score and MPCC’s highest so far. But the match was not done because LCC are a very capable team who can put big scores on the board. The previous evening, in the GLT Finals, they had scored 204 and beaten Grand Rapids to win the GLT Championship.

After a great start when the Lions began their reply — they were 18/2 in 2 overs … we lost our way a little bit  and gave away too many boundaries (The sound of Pankaj shouting “cut out the boundaries and the match is ours” is still ringing in my ears). … Their two main batsmen, Shahid and Shehzad, scored at a brisk pace. Bhargava bowled 3 great overs, giving away only 3-4 runs in each and we were able to pull back a little before we went into the 12 over break. We had been 100 for no loss after 12 overs and they were 94/2 after 12 overs. So it was very close and the match was in no way in the bag yet.

After the break came some brilliant bowling and catching by us. Chamila bowled brilliantly. Great line and length. He cleaned bowled their Captain Shahid with a fantastic unplayable ball to start things off. A couple more wickets followed, assisted by great catching in the deep by Sarb and Apu.

Chamila was even on a hat trick in the process … Chamila finished with figures of 4-0-22-4. … Great effort and a match winning effort earning him the Man of the Match award as well.

Kusal showed his versatility by bowling 3 very economical overs towards the end with Gordon providing us the additional option of wicket keeping.

Overall … great performance by everybody. True team effort to secure a win by a 39-run margin against a very good team which has won many championships.”

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MCA Players beyond MCA, continued

MCA players and coaches have thrived beyond MCA and Motown this year. An earlier post recorded the successes of three players appearing for sister club Michigan Premier C.C. in a T20 match last weekend, while Motown-MCA Vice-captain Anurag Yerabati’s first fifty of the year, scored in a Great Lakes Cricket Conference match, has also been noted. To these successes two other fifties should be added. On 7 June, MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra scored a blistering 62 for M.P. C. C. in another T20 fixture, while Anurag’s excellent form continued last weekend with Wayne State C. C., also in the MichCA T20 competition. Anurag turned in a stellar performance for the students, hitting a fifty and taking two wickets in three overs.

Please make sure that the Information Director is told of any success for MCA players beyond the Academy, so that details can be posted to the MCA web site.

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Motown-MCA Practice Thursday, 6 pm; Match Saturday

All Motown-MCA players are encouraged to attend practice at the Lyon Oaks nets on Thursday, 14 June, beginning at 6.00 pm.  Saturday’s fixture is against Canton, another 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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Motown-MCA T20 Fixture vs Wayne State Cancelled

From the MCA Twitter feed (http://twitter.com/MiCricAcademy):

“Motown-MCA’s fixture vs Wayne State University C. C. in@MichiganCricket T20 GLT competition has been cancelled.”

Regrettably, with two fixtures scheduled for this weekend, one at very short notice, Motown-MCA were unable to raise a team for today’s scheduled match.

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MCA-Motown Go Down to Lions in First 40-overs Match of Season

From the MCA Twitter feed (@MiCricAcademy), brief details of today’s match (more detailed report to follow on this web site):
Lions (312/4 off 40 overs; Nitesh 111*, Tanvir 50, Adnan 63*) defeat Motown-MCA (198/3 off 40; Gordon Makin 61*, Mani 58*) @MichiganCricket.

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ICC U-17 Americas Tournament “Rebranded” as U-18 Event

According to a report on the DreamCricket web site, “This year’s ICC Americas U-17 tournament, scheduled to take place from July 8-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been reclassified as the ICC Americas U-18 Match Play Camp between USA, Canada and Bermuda.”

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Practice, Lyon Oaks, 5.30, Thursday 26 April; First Match, Grand Rapids, Sunday, 29 April

MCA Joint Head Coach and Motown senior player Vasanth Krishnaswami has called a practice for MCA and Motown at Lyon Oaks Park, Wixom, for 5.30 this Thursday.

The Motown-MCA joint team plays its first match in the Great Lakes Trophy on Sunday afternoon in Grand Rapids.  Please notify the team captain, Sathish Thandapani, of your availability by Wednesday.

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Motown-MCA Practice Unlikely, Weekend of 21/22 April

MCA Joint Head Coach and Motown C. C. senior player Vasanth Krishnaswami has indicated that, given the weather in Michigan, a practice session this weekend is unlikely.

At the time of writing, the air temperature at the Lyon Oaks ground is 2 degrees Celsius.  Coach Krishnaswami is a native of Chennai, where the Rajasthan Royals are playing the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.  The air temperature in Chennai is currently 35 degrees Celsius.

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