MLC Jr Championship’s First Tournament Provides Compelling Competition

The Memorial Day Tournament was attended by 50 teams featuring 607 youth players across four different age categories. Compelling action took place across 100 matches played over four days, with two super over finishes and many nail-biting matches coming down to the final over. Thank you to all who participated and made the event an enormous success!

First of four national-level group stage tournaments finishes with top teams selected from each age category

The Memorial Day Tournament conducted under the MLC Jr Championship umbrella in Houston (U17) and Atlanta (U15, U13 and U11) provided a tremendous platform for young American cricket players to develop and showcase their skills. The tournament featured 607 youth players from across the country who competed hard across four days of exciting and often dramatic play.

The MLC Jr Championship points system debuted during the Memorial Day tournament. The goal of the points system is to provide a way to measure and rate each team’s performance throughout the year. The points system helps increase the competitiveness of the competition by scheduling matches between teams that are at similar levels.

This dynamic scheduling of matches ensured that the tournament was highly competitive and every player had to play their best to secure a win for their team.

100 Competitive Matches

Teams responded with enthusiasm to the dynamic scheduling structure, preparing well for each match and delivering many nail-biting finishes. The final day of the tournament even saw two super over matches take place, including the thrilling U11 final.

The MLC Jr. Championship is structured as a multi-tournament championship where the overall winner will be determined at the end of the year. But for every tournament there is a winner, and there were deserving victors at each of our age categories. Here are the winners of the 2021 Memorial Day Tournament:

Tournament Winners

U11 Winner: Dallas Tigers

U11 Runner-Up: ACAC Crushers

U13 Winner: Cricmax Tigers

U13 Runner-Up: Dallas Lions

U15 Winner: Cricmax Tigers

U15 Runner-Up: Seattle Sonics

U17 Winner: Bayarea Blazers

U17 Runner-Up: Atlanta Lightning

Notable Performances

Select stand-out performances from across the tournament:

Prolific Batter

U11 – Pooja Ganesh; 308 runs and 47 fours

U13 – Aryan Chowdhury – 314 runs

U15 – Siddarth Kappa – 346 runs

U17 – Aryan Shah – 178 runs

Five Wickets

U13 – Abhiram Sridhar Gidugu (NJ Cubs), Dev Jammula (Dallas Lions) and Rayaan Taj (Seattle Strikers)

U15 – Ishuan Jana (TCL Trophy Fighters)

U17 – Rohan Phadke (TCL Top Guns)

Impactful Keeper

Prannav Chettipalayam (U15 – Cricmax Destroyers) six catches, three indirect run-outs, one stumping

Top Teams

Current MLC Jr. Championship standing by age category at the end of the first tournament (as determined by the MLC Jr. Championship points system) follows below. This provides the team standings heading into the Bay Area National Tournament.

The MLC Jr. Championship points system will continue with updates for each team based on their performances each tournament. The top teams at the end of the group stage tournaments will move to the playoff tournament.

The Next Tournament

July 4th Tournament to be conducted in Bay Area, CA

The second of the four group stage tournaments will be conducted in the Bay Area, CA. This tournament will be conducted for five age categories on the following dates:

U11 – July 5th to July 8th

U13 – June 29th to July 2nd

U15 – July 5th to July 8th

U17 – June 29th to July 2nd

U19 – July 5th to July 8th

See you all in the Bay Area for the next tournament!