Today, in their third match in the ICC U-15 Americas North Tournament, the USA lost by 24 runs to Bermuda, despite a battling 65 off 66 balls from MCA’s Gordon Makin. Batting at no 6., Makin top-scored in the match as the USA chased 214, but ran out of partners among the recognized batsmen and was bowled by a ball that kept low with the score on 180. The last two wickets fell for nine runs, and the USA came up short.
Bermuda, after winning the toss and electing to bat, had made a cautious start, but their middle order was able to push the score along from the solid platform created early (Rawlins 39, Bean-Wilson 30, Bell 37, Gibbons-Wade 23 n.o. all making contributions), taking their final score to 213/7 in 40 overs. The USA, batting second for the first time in the tournament, started quickly, but lost wickets at regular intervals, with only the partnership between Makin and CCA’s Vibhav Atlekar (26) reaching more than 50. Opener Jason Gobin (North East Region) was the USA’s third-highest scorer with 22. Among the American bowlers, who had to face difficult conditions this morning because of winds that reached 60 kph at times, particularly noteworthy are: CCA’s Rutvij Bhise’s 2/30; skipper Dave Parikh’s 8 overs for just 16 runs (also from CCA); and twelve-year-old Vivek Narayan’s figures of 6-1-31 (Atlantic Region). Man-of-the-match Christion Gibbons-Wade was the Bermudans’ best bowler with 5/35.
MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli also played for the USA today: he bowled one over; caught Bermdua’s Bell off Bhise and had a share in the run-out of Bean-Wilson (two key dismissals that kept the USA in the match); and scored five runs, batting at no 7 and unluckily run out when he slipped trying to get back into his crease.
As in the USA’s first match against Bermuda, there were moments of controversy today. For most of Bermuda’s innings the umpires were compelled by the wind to dispense with the bails; in the 38th over the entire USA team were convinced that Bhise had a wicket when a ball appeared to brush the stumps, but the batsman stood his ground and the umpires gave four byes instead. When the Americans batted, Jason Gobin’s dismissal also generated frustration and disappointment at the crease and on the boundary, after an initial decision of “not out” was reversed although the Americans were convinced that the ball had not carried to the Bermudan wicket keeper.