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									        MCA Labor Day Weekend Tournament
            Information for Participants
             For Electronic Version of This Information (with “hot links”)
                                        go to
  http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mlmakin/MCA/LabDayTourn09/LabDayInfo09.doc




Time           Bloomer (U-15)   Belle Isle (U-15)    Idle (U-15)       Lyon Oaks (U-   Founders (U-19)
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09/05 8:00am   MCA vs           Chicago Combined     CCA Juniors       Washington
               DreamCricket I   vs DreamCricket II                     Youth
                                                                       Cricket vs
                                                                       GLCC
09/05          CCA Juniors vs   MCA vs               Chicago           MCA/MichCA
2:00pm         DreamCricket I   DreamCricket II      Combined          vs Chicago
                                                                       Combined
09/06 8:00am   MCA vs Chicago   CCA Juniors vs       DreamCricket I    MCA/MichCA      Chicago Combined vs GLCC
               Combined         DreamCricket II                        vs Washington
                                                                       Youth Cricket
09/06          Chicago          DreamCricket I vs    MCA               MCA/MichCA      Chicago Combined vs
2:00pm         Combined vs      DreamCricket II                        vs GLCC         Washington Youth Cricket
               CCA Juniors


09/07 8:00am   MCA vs CCA       Chicago Combined     DreamCricket II   U-19 Final
               Juniors          vs
                                DreamCricket I
09/07                                                                  Trophy
2pm                                                                    Ceremony and
                                                                       Valedictory
                                                                       Pot-luck Meal




Contact Numbers:


Shyam Mayasandra, Head Coach, MCA: 248-342-9305
Vasanth Krishnaswami, Head Coach, MCA: 734-223-7586
Michael Makin, Information Director, MCA: 734-646-4821


Ground Managers:
Bloomer, Day One: Krishnan Subramaniam (248-961-3497)
Belle Isle, Day One: Michael Makin
Lyon Oaks, Day One: Vasanth Krishnaswami
Bloomer, Day Two: Michael Makin
Belle Isle, Day Two: Shyam Mayasandra (tbc)
Lyon Oaks, Day Two: Ravi Shah (tbc)
Founder’s, Day Two: Krishna Meluveettil (630-854-6437)
Bloomer, Day Three: Michael Makin
Belle Isle, Day Three: Shirish Joshi (tbc; 630-2129196))
Lyon Oaks, Day Three: Vasanth Krishnaswami



In the U-19 bracket four teams will compete in a round-robin format on Saturday and
Sunday, with the two top teams playing in Monday’s final. The participants are:
Washington Youth Cricket, Great Lakes Cricket Conference U-19s, Chicago U-19s
(MWCC and GCCA combined), and MCA/MichCA U-19s.

The U-15 bracket has been changed from pool play followed by semi-finals and a final
to a single round-robin competition, with every team playing every other team. The
winner will be the team with the most victories, net-run-rate being the first tie-breaker.
The U-15 participants are: two Dreamcricket XIs, California Cricket Academy Juniors,
Chicago Combined (MWCC and GCCA combined), and MCA; guest players from World
Cricket Academy, Atlanata, and Memphis-Jackson C. C. (TN) will also play in the U-15
bracket.

As you know, four hotel rooms have been booked for each team visiting from out of
state. The rooms are intended for players, coaches, and managers. Accompanying
families should make their own, separate reservations (although we encourage you to
bargain for the lowest possible rate, since MCA has brought considerable business to this
hotel on what would normally be a quiet weekend). The tournament hotel is the
Hawthorn Suites Hotel, 26700 Central Park, Southfield, MI 48075. It is located in
the center of the northern suburbs of Metro Detroit and all the tournament grounds are
within a relatively short drive. It is very close to two arterial freeways (I 696, which will
connect you with all the outer suburbs, and US 10, which will take you right into
downtown Detroit). There are literally scores of restaurants within a mile, and some of
Metro Detroit’s best malls are within a short drive. Families looking for South Asian
food should note that the Metro Area has many good South Asian restaurants, and quite a
few are within an easy drive of your hotel. Many people like Priya, in Farmington Hills,
just twelve miles away (and almost all the way is on 696), but even though I agree that
the food is good, they’ve never given MCA any money, so I have my doubts…

MCA will provide lunches at the grounds for teams on match days, and the closing
ceremony will be accompanied by a pot-luck meal. Evening meals are the responsibility
of visitors. We will try to provide telephone numbers of caterers who can deliver South-
Asian meals to your hotel (the Midwest contingent at the recent California tournament –
some thirty players, coaches, managers, and parents – found this an economical and
efficient option for feeding hungry players without braving the challenges of seating so
many youth cricketers in a single restaurant, and then trying to keep them in order)


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Many parts of the Metro Detroit area are very prosperous (Oakland County is said to he
one of the wealthiest counties in the USA -- fourth wealthiest among counties with a
population of more than a million), and so are characterized by abundant suburban sprawl,
proliferating mega-malls, and the like. But there are many very good restaurants, and
plenty of good parks and other recreational opportunities. The city of Detroit, although
characterized by many of the problems of America’s older industrial cities, is in much
better shape than it was twenty years ago. It has an excellent art gallery and some very
good museums, as well as several areas where tourists can find good restaurants and
some boutique shops. For those so inclined, the city offers several casinos. The Henry
Ford Museum complex in nearby Dearborn is very popular among visitors and locals
alike. The Detroit Zoo -- one of the country’s better zoos -- is actually north of the city,
near suburban Birmingham.

 The University of Michigan is in Ann Arbor, a forty-minute drive from your hotel (but
watch for heavy traffic and unpredictable drivers in Ann Arbor over the Labor Day
weekend – student move-in is always a chaotic period, and the UM football team will
defeat Western Michigan at the University’s 100,000-seat Michigan Stadium on Saturday,
generating spectacular traffic hold-ups before kickoff and after the game). Slightly
further from your hotel is the campus of the state’s Land-Grant institution, Michigan
State University, in East Lansing. MSU has a pretty campus.


The U-15s have been moved to the eastern grounds because those grounds have faster
outfields and will make for better cricket for younger teams. Although that will keep the
U-15s from playing at our best ground, Lyon Oaks, the two nets at that ground will be
available for practice throughout the tournament, and the ground and nets should be open
for drop-in practice on Friday, so early arrivals will be able to shake off travel lethargy.

MCA may also be able to arrange coaching sessions for interested teams/players on
Friday afternoon at Bloomer Park. A distinguished former Ranji Trophy Player has
offered his services to individuals and teams for a modest fee. Interested parties should
contact MCA asap.

You can see the location of nearly all the grounds likely to be used for the tournament on
the web site of the Michigan Cricket Association, www.michca.org. On the grounds
pages of the MichCA web site, scroll around on the aerial photographs, and you’ll be able
to identify the Astroturf batting strips which mark each cricket field.

Here are summary details the grounds:

       1) Bloomer is a pleasant, mature wooded park in the north-eastern Detroit
          suburb of Rochester Hills (345 John R Road, Rochester Hills, MI
          48307). There’s a charge for vehicle entry, but it’s covered in the cricket
          booking, so just tell the attendant you’re here for cricket. The cricket ground
          is directly below the car park: low-lying, fast outfield, decent batting track,
          will take swing if there is cloud cover. There is one net. Next to the ground


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   are barbecues and shelters. Easy parking. Next to and also across the car park
   are children’s play grounds. Fully plumbed bathrooms at the shelter next to
   the ground. Metro Detroit’s best shopping mall, the Somerset Collection, is a
   few miles away; supermarkets, coffee shops, etc, are about a ten-minute drive
   away.

2) Belle Isle I is on the south-western tip of Belle Isle (intersection of Strand
   Drive and Fountain Way, Detroit, MI 48207), in the middle of the Detroit
   River, just east of downtown Detroit. Belle Isle is a very popular recreation
   spot for Detroiters, and, although its attractions often seem marked by a rather
   faded charm, it does have a decent zoo (sadly, the famous aquarium is
   currently closed for budgetary reasons), lakes where boats can be rented, and
   plenty of places to fish and/or picnic, as well as a good number of buildings of
   architectural interest, several designed by Albert Kahn in the early 1900s. The
   ground is quite small and quite fast; decent outfield and batting track; not a
   great deal of shade around the field, but some bleachers under trees on the
   southern side. Easy parking in the morning. Fully plumbed bathrooms in the
   large pavilion next to the ground (the pavilion itself is usually
   closed). Downtown Detroit is just across the river: Greektown with its tourist
   traps, the monumental Renaissance Center, Comerica Park (Tigers) and Ford
   Field (Lions) are all within a couple of miles, and the Cultural Center
   (including the Detroit Institute of Arts –one of the country’s best collections)
   is within easy reach.

3) Founder’s Park (35500 Eight Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48336) is a
   large, multi-sport park on one of Suburban Detroit’s major East-West
   routes. The wicket of the cricket field is visible on this aerial map of the park
   – between soccer pitches 1 and 2 near the north-eastern corner of the
   park. For access, take the Eastern entrance to the park and drive all the way to
   end of the unpaved access road (past the car parks, leaving the ice arena to
   your right). Ample parking, full bathroom facilities near the entrance, more
   basic bathrooms close to the cricket field; children’s play grounds. Limited
   shade, a few bleachers for seating. Like all the other fields, the wicket is
   Astroturf on concrete, and usually quite true; the outfield is mown to soccer-
   pitch requirements, and is therefore lush and slow. Abundant retail choice,
   coffee shops, and restaurants can be found within a few miles: drive west
   towards I-296 and you will find a typical array of suburban shopping
   opportunities.

4) Lyon Oaks Park, Wixom, near the north-western edge of the Metro Detroit
   area, contains MCA’s home ground (52221 Pontiac Trail, Wixom,
   MI 48393). The park charges $7 per vehicle for daily access, so if you do
   come to use the nets on Friday, expect to pay. During the tournament, tell the
   gate officials that you are participating in the cricket tournament, and get
   temporary vehicle passes from the tournament ground manager (please
   remember to return them before you leave). The cricket ground is at the
   north-eastern corner of the park (turn left after the entrance booth, and drive

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           past the “Bark Park”). The field is maintained by the staff from the golf
           course, and is generally considered the best in our area, although the lush
           outfield can be slow. There are two excellent nets, and a shelter with adequate
           shade. The field itself has basic bathroom facilities, something more civilized
           can be found near the entrance. The park also contains a fine golf course
           (with a club house which offers simple refreshments) and abundant walking
           trails. Wixom’s small downtown is a few minutes away (a decent Italian
           restaurant, a good coffee shop, and several chain fast-food cafés). A few more
           minutes away is the shopping hub of the north-western suburbs, Novi (Twelve
           Oaks Mall is surrounded by the usual acreage of other, smaller malls).

           Also in Wixom, on Beck Road, is Muqueem Sports, probably the biggest
           cricket-supplies shop in the Midwest, owned by prominent local cricketer
           Nadeem Muqueem (www.muqueemsports.com) – if you would like to visit
           the store, call ahead to check on current store hours.


I hope that this information provides you with some of the basic, provisional details, but
please don’t hesitate to contact MCA if you would like to know more.




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