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The ICC U17 Development Tournament ended on predictable lines with USA losing both their games to Canada and winning their games against Bermuda.
Pic at Right: Team USA in Bermuda (Courtesy: Rahul Sharma)
Several American players made their presence felt at the ICC Americas U17 Development tournament held in Bermuda. With 159 runs from the three matches at an average of 53 and a third highest score of 79, Kushal Ganji finished second on the leaderboard. Gauranshu's individual score of 61 not out against Bermuda was the sixth highest in the tournament.
Jash Patel was outstanding in the bowling department with 7 wickets, finishing second overall. Keifer Phill, the most outstanding senior in the New York PSAL competition, finished third with six wickets.
Kushal Ganji's struck the right note from the very first game against Bermuda. Coming in with the score reading 50 for 4, Kushal played the anchor staying on until the score reached 195. USA put on 195 in 48.2 overs, which they then defended without a sweat.
Bermuda, was in an identical situation with 50 for 4 and Delray Rawlins' essay of 79 was identical to Kushal's score for USA, but Bermuda was unable to strike up a partnership like USA's 7th wicket stand between Kushal and Novendra Boodhoo. As a result, Bermuda collapsed for 159 in 41.1 overs. Bowling for USA, Nahusha Rao was the most effective, taking 4 wickets for 27 runs from his 7 overs. Keifer took 2 for 19.
In the second game against Canada, USA struggled to fire up the cylinders, as evidenced by extras (33) leading the score chart in a total of 117 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. Only Jash Patel with 24 runs showed any resistance. Bowling for Canada, Harsh Thaker's 10 overs (5 maidens) yielded 3 wickets for just nine runs, which shows how effective Canadian bowling was in suffocating USA.
In reply, Canada was never under pressure and wrapped the game up in the 33rd over losing just 3 wickets. Bowling for USA, Shehan Perara showed fight claiming two wickets and contributing to the third.
USA's third game was against Bermuda again, which they won by 9 wickets. Bowling first, USA's bowlers troubled Bermuda's batsmen no end restricting them to 150 all out in 46.5 overs. Jash Patel (3 wickets for 7 runs in 6.5 overs) Keifer Phill (3 for 22 in 7 overs) were the pick of USA's bowlers. After Sagar Patel fell on 12 with the score reading 54 for 1, Gauranshu Sharma (61 not out) persisted in partnership with Kushal Ganji (44 not out) and USA achieved the target of 151 in 38.1 overs.
Canada once again inflicted a massive defeat on USA in the team's fourth and final game. Batting first, Canada scored 212 for 7 with Arbraash Khan scoring 62. Bowling for USA, Jash Patel took 2 wickets in his 7 overs. USA buckled for 130. The only fight came from Kushal Ganji (28) and Mohak Buch (24).
Tom Evans, ICC Americas High Performance Consultant, told IslandStats.com that he hoped to see many of the same boys in the ICC U19 World Cup Qualifier but also hoped to see an improvement in their performances between now and the qualifiers. Evans also noted that the boys needed to improve on their ability to play spin, strive to maintain intensity over 50 overs and focus on basics like running between wickets and fielding.
Evans said that it would be important for the country to have a development plan for the group ahead of the Qualifiers. Evans also said that he looked to provide as much assistance as possible by working with the coaches on the boys' training programs.