MCA was founded in 2004 by a group of cricketers anxious to see the youth game develop in Michigan (where the adult game has seen very healthy growth throughout the new millenium). Led by Joint Head Coaches Shyam Mayasandra and Vasanth Krishnaswami, MCA has hosted at least one youth tournament most years since then, and most years more. In 2009, for example, MCA ran the very successful Michigan Sixes indoor tournament at Easter, hosted a Memorial Day Weekend mixed-age youth tournament, and its regular Labor Day Weekend Tournament.
MCA has grown consistently since its foundation, and now contributes a significant number of players to the two adult leagues in the state.
In 2009 MCA decided to enter a team into the Michigan Cricket Association’s T20 league. The team, consisting of a majority of youth cricketers, with a backbone provided by experienced club players (always at least one MCA coach; usually the Motown C. C. captain and supporter of MCA, Kashif Akhtar, for whom several MCA members played in the 40-over league), provided a vital learning environment for youth players who find true age-level cricket a rarity. After two seasons in the T-20 league, MCA combined with Motown to enter a joint team in the 40-0vers league in 2011.
Most years MCA has sent players, usually on a combined Michigan-Chicago team, to the California Cricket Academy’s annual Junior Tournament in June.
In 2009, three MCA players represented the Central East Region at the Regional U-15 tournament, also in California, and one was subsequently selected as a reserve for the US national U-15 team. Three more were selected in 2010; two won Man-of-the-Match awards and were selected for the DreamCricket All-Tournament Team. In 2011 five MCA players represented CER in the national tournament, and two were selected for the DreamCricket All-Tournament Team. Those two players were then selected to play for the USA U-15 team in the ICC Americas North Tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Both played in all four matches, as the USA won the tournament for the first time ever.
Coverage of our activities on the national cricket web site DreamCricket includes:
Michigan Cricket Association Colts win Krishnaswami Cup – Dreamcricket News
Motown CC Win Inaugural Michigan Sixes. Greater Detroit Colts Triumph in Junior Division. – Dreamcricket News
Hosts win U14 and U17 titles at Michigan Cricket Academy’s 2008 Tournament – Dreamcricket News
Hosts MCA fare well on Day 1 of the MCA annual junior tournament – Dreamcricket News
Michigan Cricket Academy Announces 2008 Youth Tournament – Dreamcricket News
Playing Youth Cricket in USA – Ups and Downs – USA Cricketer
Michigan Cricket Academy plans busy summer – Dreamcricket News
Junior cricket in Michigan – The story of MCA – Dreamcricket News
Our own recent documents include:
Our 2008 Tournament Flyer
Our 2008 Tournament Fixture List
Our 2008 Tournament Program
Our general promotional flyer
Our special Good Friday session flyer (2008)
Our informational handout about the sport and its resources, used at schools and other institutions where we give cricket demonstrations
MCA Results, 2010 (for later results, see weekly posts)
MCA Memorial Day Tournament
Tournament won by MCA, runners up (on net-run-rate) — GLCC Colts
Saturday, 29 May, Bloomer Park:
MCA (214/9 in 30 overs; Rohit 71, Jai 33; Vybhav 34/3) defeated Chicago (149 all out in 29.5 overs; Srijay 38; Pawan 27/3).
Saturday, 29 May, Lyon Oaks Park:
MCA (85 a.o. in 17 overs, Manpreet 39, Yasin4/14) lost to GLCC (86/6 in 19 overs, Dhwanit 3/26) in a 20-over match.
Sunday, 30 May, Lyon Oaks Park:
MCA (153/8 in 30 overs, Gordon 30, Jai 31, Haris 4/28) defeated MichCA Colts (116 a.o. in 26.4 overs).
MichCA T20 League
MCA 113/5 vs Ann Arbor C. C., 5 June, Match Abandoned (rain)
Troy C. C. (112/5 in 18.2 overs) defeated MCA (109/9 in 20 overs), 13 June.
Greater Detroit Cricket Club (146/4 in 20 overs) defeated MCA (130/8 in 20 overs) by 16 runs, 20 June
Greater Toledo C. C. (70/2 in 12.4 overs) defeated MCA (69 a.o. in 16.2 overs) by eight wickets, 27 June; match reduced to 18 overs
Saginaw C. C. (143/3 in 18.1 overs) defeated MCA (142/5 in 20 overs) by 3 wickets, Saginaw batting with seven men but fielding with ten including three substitutes from MCA, 10 July.