…began in 1999, with the club founders seeking to play leather ball Cricket in Southeast Michigan. Till then, the nearest organized leather ball league Cricket was available in Windsor, Canada; which meant, driving into Canada for weekly practices and matches over the weekend, as far as Cambridge, Waterloo, or Kitchener.
That first year, we began playing friendly matches with Troy Cricket Club – the only other club in Metro Detroit that had a ground (Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills). We also entered our team in a tournament in Columbus, OH, which was 3 hours away.
At the end of that year, Motown CC, Troy CC, and Metro Detroit CC started the Great Lakes Trophy (don’t remember who won).
This was the year where we met several park and city officials in search of a suitable sports field, which we could call home. By the end of the year, we discovered the Lyon Oaks County Park project and spoke to Mr. Dan Stencil. Long story short, we organized a meeting with the Executive Committee of Oakland County Parks and Recs and invited the pitch curator from Toronto Curling and Cricket Club in Ontario, Canada. The Executive Committee was impressed and toured grounds in Toronto the following week. A few years later, the construction of the first dedicated Cricket ground was completed and we named it Lyon Oaks Cricket Ground.
In 2000, our club management came up with the vision of organizing a league in Michigan; hence, the first Michigan Cricket Association meeting was held at our Secretary’s residence. Then, many dedicated Cricketers from the clubs pooled their resources to form the league, which commenced in 2001.