The USA U-15 team, with two MCA players appearing in every match, emerged as winners of the ICC Americas North Tournament in Winnipeg on net run rate on Friday, as Bermuda beat Canada by 20 runs. The tournament finished in a three-way tie, with each team securing two wins and conceding two losses. However, the USA had defeated Canada on Monday by a wide margin, while their losses in their final two matches — to Bermuda on Wednesday, when MCA’s Gordon Makin scored 65, coming in at 76/4, to revive the Americans’ pursuit of 214, and to Canada on Thursday — were both narrow, so the Americans’ Net Run Rate was far superior to that of their opponents, enabling them to finish the tournament as champions. Coach Milton Pydanna was duly doused in Gatorade as the USA team celebrated at Assiniboine Park, Manitoba, on Friday.
Every match in the tournament was won by the team batting first, although there were some tight finishes. The Canadians dominated the awards, with just tournament MVP coming South (Dave Parikh of CCA, the US captain).
MCA’s Gordon Makin kept in every match (four catches and a hand in three run-outs); MCA’s Rohit Mogalayapalli took five catches and had a hand in two run-outs. Rohit also bowled four overs in the tournament.
Gordon, batting at 6 in two matches and 7 in two, scored 75 runs (fourth on the team), with an average of 25, and was first in strike rate (96). Rohit, batting at 6 in two matches, 7 in one, and 8 in another, scored 39 runs (sixth on the team), with an average of 9.75, and a strike rate of 61.