The USA U-15 team, coached by former West Indies international Milton Pydanna and managed by CCA’s Ajay Athavale, beat Bermuda by 15 runs today in the ICC Americas North Division tournament in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Both USA squad members from MCA — Rohit Mogalayapalli and Gordon Makin — played, batting at unfamiliar positions in the late middle order after USA captain Dave Parikh of CCA won the toss and elected to bat; Gordon Makin also kept, conceding one bye and Rohit bowled three overs for twelve runs when the USA fielded. In the USA innings, Rohit, batting three-down, scored 11 off 18 balls with one four, and Gordon, coming in at no 7 with just four overs left and told to hit out, scored seven off four balls, also with one four.
No 3 batsman for the USA Neil Tagare top-scored for his team with 79 of 79 balls, after openers Karanjit Singh (24) and Jason Gobin (8) had given the USA a solid platform. With three overs left, Rutvij Bhise, batting at no 10, was given timed-out on appeal (a batting collapse and a shortage of colored pads causing a problem for the Americans) and the atmosphere in the match became somewhat tense, but when Bermuda, who had conceded 43 extras and dropped seven chances, replied, the USA held on to their catches to win the match. Man-0f-the-match was Bermuda’s Delray Rawlins, who took 3/23 and scored 71. The USA play Canada tomorrow.
The only source for updates during today’s match located by MCA’s Information Director was the Twitter feed of the USA manager: @4_cricket. For updates on the remaining US matches check that feed and DreamCricket’s web site, which will certainly continue to provide close-of-play reports and may yet provide OBO text commentaries.