Canada U-15s showed the value of spin yesterday, beating USA by 25 runs in Winnipeg. The USA finished the tournament with two wins and two losses, no doubt disappointed that the two losses came in the last two matches. If Canada win today against Bermuda they will finish top; if Bermuda win, the Americans will have a chance of coming first on net run rate.
Canada won the toss and elected to bat, building a solid total of 181 as the American bowlers struggled for penetration. Kurt Ramdath top-scored with 43; Bradly Dickson (25), Captain Prushoth Senathirajah (33), and Abrash Khan (30) also made significant contributions. The USA’s best bowlers were captain Dave Parikh of CCA, who took the new ball and finished with figures of 2/29, and NER’s Karanjit Singh who, having only bowled one over in the first three matches, yesterday bowled five valuable overs, taking 2/14. MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli took two catches, and MCA’s Gordon Makin, behind the stumps, took one catch and had a hand in two run-outs.
The USA’s reply started well, as Karanjit Singh (21) and Jason Gobin (NER, 28), opening the batting for the fourth successive time, built a solid partnership. But when Canada brought the spinners on the US run rate started to fall, and wickets came. Vibhav Altekar (CCA) and Dave Parikh steadied the ship with a solid 63-run partnership, but when they fell off successive balls to Man-of-the-Match Gayan Ferdinands (Altekar for 48, top score in the match, and Parikh for 17), the USA innings disintegrated. The first ball in the tournament faced by frequent MCA guest player Sagar Patel was the hat trick ball, which he negotiated safely, but shortly afterwards Makin, batting at no six, was out for one, pulling, and then MCA’s Mogalayapalli, batting at eight, was unfortunately run out for 5. Patel made 10, and the USA tail wagged a little, but it was not enough. Ferdinands’ off spin accounted for 5 USA batsmen for 25 runs, while Kurt Ramdath took two wickets, also for 25.