Maryland Youth Cricket Association honors young cricketers at third annual gala

US women’s national cricketer Lisa Ramjit, who grabbed the first international wicket in the history of US women’s cricket, speaking at the third annual MYCA banquet in College Park, MD, on October 5.
US women’s national cricketer Lisa Ramjit, who grabbed the first international wicket in the history of US women’s cricket, speaking at the third annual MYCA banquet in College Park, MD, on October 5.

Among those recognized include US national women’s team star Lisa Ranjit, dozens of young cricketers and coaches.

The Maryland Youth Cricket Association celebrated its young cricketers’ achievements with pride and pomp at the organization’s third annual banquet in College Park, MD on October 5.

Dozens of young cricketers, ranging ages 11 to 17, who played in three different divisions — Under-12, Under-14 and Under-17 — were honored at the event. MYCA also recognized Maryland state team players, including the state Under-14 team, who were champions in two national tournaments and runners up in one.

Speaking on the occasion, MYCA Chairman Jamie Harrison highlighted the remarkable progress the organization has made in 10 years. He recalled the humble beginning of MYCA, when two or three teams played tennis ball cricket on base ball diamonds. Now with more than 350 kids playing cricket in five divisions across 11 clubs in the area, Maryland youth have started making their marks in national cricket and even at international stage, he said.

Harrison pointed out that Lisa Ramjit has become a local celebrity at the age of 14 by getting selected to US women’s team and grabbing the first international wicket in the history of US cricket. She has appeared on television and featured in newspaper interviews, and even threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles stadium during the cricket day celebrations, he said.

Harrison said MYCA, which is now a registered nonprofit organization with board representing every club, has instituted financial support for US national players. Any Maryland youth cricketer who gets selected to US teams will be given financial support, he said.

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Ramjit, the first recipient of the award, received a check for $500.

MYCA treasurer Sham Chotoo spoke about the growth of girls’ club cricket. This year, in addition to the three teams in the girls’ division, there was a girls’ travel team that competed with boys in the 12U division and gave other teams a run for their money.

Roxroy Anderson, a former Washington Cricket League player, gave a brief introduction of how WCL was formed and gave a motivating speech to the youngsters providing invaluable lessons from his playing days.

Anderson, who coached Ramjit during her early career, introduced the young cricketer, who was the guest speaker for the evening.

Ramjit recalled her cricketing journey over the years, moving from coach to coach and tournament to tournament, in the tough world of boys, as a lone girl and how she fought the odds to come out with flying colors. She thanked her coaches and peers, as well as her parents, who made a lot of sacrifices, driving miles for her cricket lessons and games.

Shaffeel Ahmed, a member of the MYCA board of directors and scheduling and stats committee chair, was felicitated by Harrison with a plaque for his contributions to the organization. Ahmed, who was instrumental in live-streaming the MYCA championship games this year, also helped MYCA develop its own scoring app powered by Cricclubs.

Here is the list of awards and awardees:

Top performer for each team
Team Name Division Best Batsman Best Bowler MVP
Bowie-1 11U Suryavel Santhalingam Ayaan Iqbal Akhil Chakravarthy
Bowie-2 11U Amari Satchell Nikhil Swayampakula Tanay Parikh
Chantilly 11U Rahul Dham Dev Patel Araadh Chadha
Ellicott City 11U Arnab Mishra Sajal Prajapati Tejesh Keerthi
FSSC 11U Tanush Apte Simant Nithyananda Goutham Muvva
LFYAA 11U Vanshdeep Singh Yasin Boehm Aaditi Patel
LTC 11U Aaditya Patel Raja Goswami James Barrett
Rockville Rockstars-1 11U Shenal Ediriweera Zaheen Ahmed Akshay Garg
Rockville Rockstars-2 11U Jayjeet Das Reyansh Pundlik Arjun Mujumdar
WCA 11U Atharva Kaushal Samanyu Muppala Aaryan Boddupally
Team Name Division Best Batsman Best Bowler MVP
Ellicott City Boys 12U Sai Dommaraju Baladhithya Ravikumar Pradyumnan Vishaal
Ellicott City Girls 12U Nishka Kumar Anika Kumar Amrutha Alibilli
FSSC 12U Aum Patel Arya Lele Shiv Nair
GKCC 12U Ayush Patel Siddhant Jog Mihir Verma
Loudoun Cubs 12U Ranveer Kataria Sathwikk Patibandla Kush Patel
Rockville Rockstars 12U Alvin Kanappilly Maaz Mohammed Veer Banwait
WCA 12U Prithul Baveja Atharva Kaushal Amit Damaraju
Team Name Division Best Batsman Best Bowler MVP
Bowie 14U Abhishek Mudireddy Douglas Hinton Arjun Prabhala
Ellicott City 14U Arjun Muley Dev F. Patel Aaryan Batra
FSSC 14U Govind Mohandas Tanush Apte Shiv Nair
GKRR 14U Adithya Kidambi Raghav Haridas Araav Rotella
LTC Thunder 14U Omar Qazi Shiven Patel Amandeep Singh
WCA 14U Shaunak Marathe Amit Damaraju Shawn Mathias
Team Name Division Best Batsman Best Bowler MVP
Bowie 17U Shanthan Gunti Ayaan Osman Shuaib Syed
FSSC 17U Nileesha Ratnayake Mihir Ganguli Ritwik Behera
LTC 17U Raja Herman Aadil Master Amandeep Singh
GKCC 17U Arjun Rakheja Tanuj Shah Raghav Haridas
MD Thunder 17U Ohm Sapa Harshil Shah Shaunak Marathe
Rockville Rockstars 17U Tejas Nazare Ziyan Ahmed Shravan Sudhir
WCL Cubs 17U Anirudh Chandran Shivoy Sharma Ishan Sharma
Team Name Division Best Batsman Best Bowler MVP
Bowie Girls Bree Mullikin Shirvanie Hinton Breanna Young
Chantilly Girls Madina Vazirli Akshara K. Subburam Mary Grimmick
Ellicott City Girls Sanika Zarkar Varshitha Yalamanchili Mishal Alamgir
Team Name Division Best Batsman Best Bowler MVP
Maryland Team 1 12U Alvin Kanappilly Rithwik Puli Prabhnoor Singh
Maryland Team 2 12U Sai Dommaraju Siddhant Jog Akhil Chakravarthy
Maryland State 14U Aditya Bharadwaj Lisa Ramjit Amandeep Singh
Maryland State A 14U Anish Patel Abhishek Mudireddy Nikhil Varma
Maryland State 16U Shanthan Gunti Shankar Haridas Arjun Rakheja

 

Division top performers
Division Best Batsman Best Bowler MVP
Girls Sanika Zarkar Bree Mullikin Mary Grimmick
       
11U Goutham Muvva Akshay Garg Akhil Chakravarthy
12U Veer Banwaith Baladhithya Ravikumar Shiv Nair
14U Aaryan Batra Tanush Apte Amandeep Singh
17U Nileesha Ratnayake Mihir Ganguli Ishan Sharma

 

Division champions
Division Champions Runners Up  
Girls Bowie Chantilly
       
11U Bowie-1 Rockville Rockstars-1
12U Future Stars School of Cricket Rockville Rockstars
14U Future Stars School of Cricket LTC Thunder
17U WCL Cubs Future Stars School of Cricket

 

“Coach of the Year” award winners
Girls Karthic Subburam and Chitra Karthic
11U Richard Johnson
12U Jaweed Mohammed
14U Sandan Kumar
17U Sunny Sohal
MYCA Chairman Jamie Harrison speaking at the organization’s third annual banquet in College Park, MD on October 5.
MYCA Chairman Jamie Harrison speaking at the organization’s third annual banquet in College Park, MD on October 5.
MYCA Chairman Jamie Harrison felicitating Shaffeel Ahmed, a member of the MYCA board of directors and scheduling and stats committee chair, for his contributions to the organization at its third annual banquet in College Park, MD on October 5.
MYCA Chairman Jamie Harrison (left) felicitating Shaffeel Ahmed, a member of the MYCA board of directors and scheduling and stats committee chair, for his contributions to the organization at its third annual banquet in College Park, MD on October 5.

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