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By Peter Della Penna in Hartford, Connecticut
Central East opening batsman Rohit Mogalayapalli batted through the
entire innings to score 117 not out in a 195-run win over the Directors’
XI at Windsor Park on the first day of the 2011 USACA U-15 National
Tournament. Mogalayapalli, who finished fifth overall in runs at last
year’s event in New Jersey with 148, hit four boundaries to lead his
team to a total of 274 for 5 before restricting the Directors’ XI to a
total of 79 for 9 in their 40 overs.
Central East won the toss and batted first as Mogalayapalli and
Gordon Makin produced a 182-run partnership for the first wicket. Makin
contributed 63 before he was bowled by Yash Thaker. No one else crossed
double digits off the bat as the Directors’s XI bowling unit contributed
82 extras to the total including 72 wides.
In reply, Richard Ramrattan was the only player to reach double
figures for the Directors’ XI, finishing 16 not out. Leg-spinner Nauman
Khan took 3 for 7 in 8 overs for Central East.
A complete team effort by South East helped them scrape by South West
to win by 11 runs at Keney Park. South East won the toss and batted
first, posting 142 in 37.2 overs. Extras top scored with 39 including 38
wides. South West got a major contribution from opening batsman Shekhar
Gupta who scored 42 in 60 balls with five fours and a six, but Heran
Patel was the only other player to offer any support, scoring 15 not
out. He eventually ran out of partners and despite a mounting total of
51 extras, South West was eventually bowled out for 131 in 39 overs.
Also at Keney Park, North West defeated Atlantic by 8 wickets.
Atlantic batted first and was bowled out for 76 in 33.4 overs. Rutvij
Bhise took 3 for 9 in five overs to lead North West in the field. They
chased down the target in 18.1 overs with Vibhav Altekar scoring 30 not
out and Dave Parikh 21 not out.
At Riverside Park, New York defeated North East by 4 wickets. North
East won the toss and batted first as opener Jason Gobin top scored with
29 runs. Number three batsman Ryan Aravind scored 27 but extras wound
up besting them both with 45 added to the total for a first innings
score of 135 for 9 in 40 overs. New York’s chase was also aided by a
mounting number of extras, 49 of them, as they reached the target in
The teams for this tournament are paired off in two groups with Group
A consisting of North West, South West, Atlantic and South East while
Group B has New York, North East, Central East and Directors’ XI. The
groups were intended to be aligned based on tournament standings from
last year’s tournament, with the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th place teams
placed in Group A and the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th place teams in Group B.
According to the actual results from the final day of last year’s
tournament in New Jersey, North West defeated New York in the final,
Central East defeated Atlantic in the third place game, South West
defeated South East in the 5th place game and Directors XI defeated
North East in the 7th place game. North East did not win a single game
in last year’s tournament. However, USACA General Manager Manaf Mohamed
configured this year’s tournament schedule based on a matrix which lists
the final standings from the 2010 USACA U-15 National Tournament as
North West 1, New York 2, Atlantic 3, North East 4, South West 5,
Central East 6 and South East 7 with the Central West slotted into the
8th place spot for not participating in the tournament.