On Sunday at the USACA Inter-regional U-15 Tournament, Central East Region lost to hosts North East by 79 runs, despite an unbeaten 58 by opener Gordon Makin.
At Riverside Park, Hartford, CER won the toss and put the hosts in, but the powerful hitting of opener and keeper Jason Gobin (71) propelled North East to 198/7 in 40 overs. Leg spinners Nauman Khan (2/19) and Arsalan Babar (3/33) were again the pick of the bowlers for CER, but 40 wides cost the Midwesterners dear. In the field, Nauman Khan was outstanding. As ever, when CER batted, much depended on CER’s openers, Makin and captain Rohit Mogalayapalli, who had earlier taken a superb diving catch in the covers to dismiss Gobin — the best moment in another fine fielding display by CER. When Rohit, calling Gordon through for a quick single with the score on 25 in the ninth over, was narrowly run out for 2 by a direct hit, there was no doubt that CER had a mountain to climb. Nauman Khan (9) and Priyank Patel (10*) provided support, but, as the pitch slowed, runs became hard to get, and Gordon knew he had to stay in to give CER even a glimmer of hope. In the twelfth over he pulled two consecutive chest-high no balls for four, to add to his two early fours, and to raise the Midwesterners’ spirits, but North East’s bowling was parsimonious, and Gordon was left to carry his bat in a losing cause. The CER coach praised his players’ application, and noted that they lost fewer wickets to North East than highly fancied New York in the the favorites’ opening day victory.
Tomorrow CER will play South East for fifth place at Riverside Park.