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MCA Dormant, But Not Forgotten

As will be very obvious once you start to scroll through this web site, Michigan Cricket Academy has not been active for some time.  Its fate is very typical of small, volunteer-run organizations — MCA depended on the tireless enthusiasm of just a few people (most notably, its joint head coaches Vasanth Krishnaswami and Shyam Mayasandra) to keep it going and it only ever had a relatively small membership.  In the end, as so often in such cases, the model was unsustainable.

Yet, at least in my opinion, it achieved great things (scroll through these pages and you will see…) and it has left a legacy.  In the last two weekends — the first two of the 2017 cricket season in Michigan — lots of teams competed in the Michigan Cricket Association‘s season-opening tournament.  If you look at the score cards, you will get a sense of adult cricket in the state of Michigan.   And if you look very carefully, you will see that some MCA graduates have played in the opening rounds of the 2017 Great Lakes Tournament.  What you won’t be able to tell from the score cards, however, but what you might guess, if you know anything about American cricket, is that the forty-something clubs playing in Mich-CA this season are almost entirely populated by expatriates — men who grew up playing the game in major cricketing countries.  And then there are the MCA boys — some born in the USA, some born elsewhere, but all of them playing in Mich-CA today because when they were young (even very small boys), they had a chance to learn the game with MCA.

I feel that it is not arrogant to say that MCA provided a model of how the game could be grown in this country and I believe that we showed how boys (and girls would have been very welcome, too, let me emphasize) who were born or grew up here could become serious and competent cricketers, and could learn to love a game so alien to most Americans today.  Personally, I am very proud of what we achieved.  And that is why I have not taken down this web site, even though there has been no MCA activity for some four years.

If you are looking for a place in Michigan to play the game or even to learn the game now, you should definitely turn to the Michigan Cricket Association which, with the benefit of critical mass (always a key) has gone from strength to strength in the last few years.  But before you leave this site, I warmly recommend that you spend some time looking at what we did — indeed, at what we achieved.


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Junior Olympics Tournament This Weekend

The Junior Olympics Cricket Tournament takes place in the Metro Detroit region over the weekend of 27/28 July. The Michigan Cricket Association U-15 team will play a three-match series (two matches at Lyon Oaks on Saturday, one at Bloomer Park on Sunday morning) against the Cricket League of New Jearsey. The U-19 Mich-CA team plays its first match at Troy Community Center on Saturday at 9.30, its second at Bloomer Park on Saturday at 2.30, and its third at TCC on Sunday at 9.30. The U-19 final is at Bloomer at 2.30 on Sunday.

Full Tournament Schedule

Below is the U-19 team announcement from Mich-CA:

Michigan Cricket Association USA is delighted to announce its U-19 team for this weekend’s Junior Olympics tournament.  We ask all Mich-CA clubs to support this event – the first cricket tournament in one of the United States’ most long-established sporting competitions.  The U-19 team plays at Troy Community Center at 9.30 on Saturday morning, at Bloomer Park at 2.30 on Saturday afternoon, and again at TCC on Sunday morning, at 9.30.  The final match will be played at Bloomer Park at 2.30, with an awards ceremony at 6.30.  The other participants in the U-19 bracket are: International Academy, Midwest Cricket Conference, and North-east Region/Southern Connecticut.  Please encourage your team families to attend the matches, please bring your children – boys and girls.  If members of your club can provide volunteer support at the Tournament, please contact the Mich-CA Secretary or the Mich-CA Youth Coordinator – we still need more volunteers.

The future of American cricket is dependent on the participation of both boys and girls in our sport, please do what you can to support youth cricket.  This squad includes players born in the United States who have been members of Mich-CA clubs since they were twelve; they have played for our league and our region; they have made a major commitment to cricket despite the challenges of playing here and the abundant sporting alternatives.  Please do everything you can to support them.

U-19 Squad in Alphabetical Order:

  1. Ansari, Hamza
  1. Hoque, Md Ahsanul
  1. Hussain, Iftekhar
  1. Khan, Burhan Uddin
  1.  Lingkon, Foyaz-Ahmed
  1. Makin, Gordon
  1. Malik, Mohammad
  1. Mayasandra, Aniruddha (Captain)
  1. Saad, Muhamad
  1. Singh, Simranjit
  1. Thakran, Farhan
  1. Waseem, Shayan
  1. Rahman, Zamil

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MCA Plans for Florida in January

MCA will participate in the Florida Cricket Academy’s tournament over Martin Luther King Day weekend (14-16 January, 2012). If you or your sons are interested in participating, please let MCA know as soon as possible. A solid core of players, from Michigan and Chicago, has already been announced as available, so places on the squad may be limited. Last year costs were modest – air fare, reasonably priced accommodation, and a few meals. For more details, contact MCA.

DreamCricket reports the following tournament details: “In addition to the FCA U-19 team, the New York Region U-19, Michigan Cricket Academy and Cricket Academy USA Under 19 teams will participate in this event.  All games will be played using both cricket fields at Miramar Regional Park.”


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MCA Player Features in Local Newspaper

It is unusual for cricket to feature in the local newspapers of the American Midwest, but the Dexter Leader has recently devoted two pieces to the world’s second-most-popular sport. The second item also appeared in other Heritage newspapers across the area (Manchester, Saline, Milan, etc).

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Tournament News: Diversity Cup; Unity Cup; National Collegiate Cricket Championship

This weekend sees the Detroit suburbs host one of the Midwest’s biggest and best tournaments, the Diversity Cup. Six teams, representing different parts of the cricketing world, and featuring some of the best local players and outstanding guest players (some with international experience) compete for a place in the final, which will take place at Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, on Sunday at 2.30. MCA members and friends are warmly encouraged to attend Diversity Cup matches, especially the final, which will be accompanied by a trivia quiz and a children’s coaching session. There will also be a cricket stall at Bloomer Park on Sunday.


Also this weekend, a MichCA team will play in the Unity Cup in the Chicago suburbs. The tournament is being held to honor the memory of the late President of the Midwest Cricket Conference, Shekhs Aravind. MichCA plays its first group match, against Chicago Youth, on Saturday at 1.30, and its second group match on Sunday morning, both at Washington Park. The MichCA team is managed by MCA’s Information Director, and will include a number of “emerging players”. Anyone interested in being considered for selection should contact the MCA Information Director.


Shekhar Aravind Unity Cup – Media Release Version

MCA will field a team in the National Collegiate Cricket Championship, organized by MichCA, taking place over the weekend of 24/25 September. MCA members and friends are invited to make themselves available for selection. Please let MCA Joint Head Coach Shyam Mayasandra know of your availability as soon as possible.


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Motown-MCA Stay Alive in Play-offs with Win over OUCC

On Saturday at Lyon Oaks, Motown-MCA were victorious in their “must-win” match against Oakland University C.C., defeating the students by 5 wickets after Oakland posted a below-par total.  Motown-MCA now have 12 points in the super-eights.  To qualify for the semi-finals, they must beat Lions C.C. (currently on sixteen points) in two weeks’ time, and hope that GDCC also defeat Lions a week later.  Man-of-the-Match was Hariharan Dhanasekaran, who turned in a great all-round performance, taking 4/16 and two catches as Motown-MCA bowled OUCC out for 130, and then scoring 27 as Motown-MCA chased down the target in 34 overs.

Oakland’s total was mostly the work of Jinesh, who scored 64 before falling to Deepak Chilla, caught by Motown-MCA captain Sathish Thandapani.  Only two other batsmen reached double figures, as Hari and Murali (3/18) ran through the lineup, assisted by Anurag Yerabati and Deepak Chilla (one wicket each), and some economical bowling from Murali and Ani Mayasandra.

If Motown-MCA had any qualms about batting without Shyam Mayasandra and two regulars among the youth players (Gordon Makin and Rohit Mogalayapalli, who both returned from international duty on Saturday night), they were quickly dispelled.  Although there were early wickets (Ani fell in the opening overs, in an unfortunate run-out ; fellow-opener, Jeeth Nirban, went relatively early for 10; and Anurag also went quickly), Hari’s 27 and Mani’s 15 set Motown-MCA on the way, before Murali and Vijay Patel (38 not out and 24 not out, respectively) settled matters with some fine middle-order batting.


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USA U-15 Lose To Canada, Finish ICC Americas North Tournament 2-2; Tough Day for MCA Players

Canada U-15s showed the value of spin yesterday, beating USA by 25 runs in Winnipeg.  The USA finished the tournament with two wins and two losses, no doubt disappointed that the two losses came in the last two matches.  If Canada win today against Bermuda they will finish top; if Bermuda win, the Americans will have a chance of coming first on net run rate.

Canada won the toss and elected to bat, building a solid total of 181 as the American bowlers struggled for penetration. Kurt Ramdath top-scored with 43; Bradly Dickson (25), Captain Prushoth Senathirajah (33), and Abrash Khan (30) also made significant contributions.   The USA’s best bowlers were captain Dave Parikh of CCA, who took the new ball and finished with figures of 2/29, and NER’s Karanjit Singh who, having only bowled one over in the first three matches, yesterday bowled five valuable overs, taking 2/14.  MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli took two catches, and MCA’s Gordon Makin, behind the stumps, took one catch and had a hand in two run-outs.

The USA’s reply started well, as Karanjit Singh (21)  and Jason Gobin (NER, 28), opening the batting for the fourth successive time, built a solid partnership.  But when Canada brought the spinners on the US run rate started to fall, and wickets came.  Vibhav Altekar (CCA) and Dave Parikh steadied the ship with a solid 63-run partnership, but when they fell off successive balls to Man-of-the-Match Gayan Ferdinands (Altekar for 48, top score in the match, and Parikh for 17), the USA innings disintegrated.  The first ball in the tournament faced by frequent MCA guest player Sagar Patel was the hat trick ball, which he negotiated safely, but shortly afterwards Makin, batting at no six, was out for one, pulling, and then MCA’s Mogalayapalli, batting at eight, was unfortunately run out for 5.  Patel made 10, and the USA tail wagged a little, but it was not enough.  Ferdinands’ off spin accounted for 5 USA batsmen for 25 runs, while Kurt Ramdath took two wickets, also for 25.


Over-by-over commentary from Ray Ramrattan of Cosmos C.C. (Winnipeg)

Match report from DreamCricket’s Peter Della Penna

Match pictures by Marc Benoit (, Winnipeg)

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Live Over-by-over Text Commentary on Today’s Canada-USA Match (ICC Americas North Division, U-15 Tournament)

Ray Ramrattan, President of Cosmos C.C. (Winnipeg) is again providing live coverage of today’s crucial match between the USA and Canada (click URL below).  Two MCA players are in the XI.

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USA U-15s Lose to Bermuda Despite 65 from MCA Batsman

Today, in their third match in the ICC U-15 Americas North Tournament, the USA lost by 24 runs to Bermuda, despite a battling 65 off 66 balls from MCA’s Gordon Makin.  Batting at no 6., Makin top-scored in the match as the USA chased 214, but ran out of partners among the recognized batsmen and was bowled by a ball that kept low with the score on 180.  The last two wickets fell for  nine runs, and the USA came up short.

Bermuda, after winning the toss and electing to bat, had made a cautious start, but their middle order was able to push the score along from the solid platform created early  (Rawlins 39, Bean-Wilson 30, Bell 37, Gibbons-Wade 23 n.o. all making contributions), taking their final score to 213/7 in 40 overs.  The USA, batting second for the first time in the tournament, started quickly, but lost wickets at regular intervals, with only the partnership between Makin and CCA’s Vibhav Atlekar (26) reaching more than 50. Opener Jason Gobin (North East Region) was the USA’s third-highest scorer with 22.  Among the American bowlers, who had to face difficult conditions this morning because of winds that reached 60 kph at times, particularly noteworthy are: CCA’s Rutvij Bhise’s 2/30; skipper Dave Parikh’s 8 overs for just 16 runs (also from CCA); and twelve-year-old Vivek Narayan’s figures of 6-1-31 (Atlantic Region). Man-of-the-match Christion Gibbons-Wade was the Bermudans’ best bowler with 5/35.

MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli also played for the USA today: he bowled one over; caught Bermdua’s Bell off Bhise and had a share in the run-out of Bean-Wilson (two key dismissals that kept the USA in the match); and scored five runs, batting at no 7 and unluckily run out when he slipped trying to get back into his crease.

As in the USA’s first match against Bermuda, there were moments of controversy today.  For most of Bermuda’s innings the umpires were compelled by the wind to dispense with the bails; in the 38th over the entire USA team were convinced that Bhise had a wicket when a ball appeared to brush the stumps, but the batsman stood his ground and the umpires gave four byes instead.  When the Americans batted, Jason Gobin’s dismissal also generated frustration and disappointment at the crease and on the boundary, after an initial  decision of  “not out” was reversed although the Americans were convinced that the ball had not carried to the Bermudan wicket keeper.

Over-by-over report from Ray Ramrattan of Cosmos C.C. (Winnipeg).

Match pictures, by Ray Ramrattan of Cosmos C.C. can be accessed from this page, login may be required.


Peter Della Penna’s Match Report from DreamCricket 

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USA U-15s Defeat Canada by 138 Runs, with Two MCA Players in Team

Today at Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg, the USA U-15s, with MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli and Gordon Makin in the team, easily defended a total of 201/5 off 40 overs against hosts Canada. Captain Dave Parikh made 67 n.o. off 70 balls and Vibhav Altekar (both of CCA) scored 50 off 58 balls. Rohit and Gordon, batting down the order at six and seven, made 18 off 27 balls and 2 not out off 1 ball, respectively. The Canadian reply struggled from the start, with Dave Parikh bowling an excellent line and length to take 4/6 in 8 overs, including two wickets in two balls; Rutvij Bhise and Annirudh Srinivas, also both of CCA, took two wickets each, and there were two runouts. Rohit took a catch, and Gordon took two behind the stumps and contributed to a run-out, as Canada were all-out for 63 in 23 overs.

Tomorrow is a rest day for the Americans, who return to action against Bermuda on 24 August. So far, the only over-by-over text commentary available seems to have been from the Winnipeg club Cosmos C.C. Match reports and score cards have been posted after the matches on DreamCricket.


Over-by-over Report from Cosmos C.C.

Peter Della Penna’s Match Report for DreamCricket (Winnipeg) Photo Gallery of the Match

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