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USA Cricket: East completes 3-1 win over West at 2022 USA Women’s National Championship

2022 Aug 04 by DreamCricket USA

East's 3-1 victory was a sharp reversal from the 2021 USA Women's National Championship, which was dominated by the West. Teenagers Aditi Chudasama, Snigdha Paul and Bhumika Bhadriraju took home the tournament awards. 

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By Peter Della Penna in Pearland, Texas (Twitter @PeterDellaPenna)
The East Conference narrowly missed out on a clean sweep, but still prevailed winning three out of four matches to secure a series win over West Conference at the 2022 USA Cricket Women’s National Championship at Moosa Stadium in Pearland, Texas. 
Despite being on the losing side, 15-year-old allrounder Snigdha Paul out of Plano, Texas was named the Player of the Tournament after finishing with the highest individual score of the tournament, an unbeaten 52 off 66 balls in the West’s only win of the series with a seven-wicket win over East in the final T20 match on Wednesday. It allowed Paul to finish third overall in runs while she also finished tied for second in wickets, taking five across 14 overs in four matches at an economy rate of 4.50. 

Teenager Aditi Chudasama of New Jersey was named the Best Batter of the event after finishing with the most runs, scoring 64 in three innings. Her best total of 32 off 41 balls came in a Player of the Match performance in East’s four-wicket win on the opening day chasing a target of 97 off the final ball. 16-year-old North Carolina offspinner Bhumika Bhadriraju took home the Best Bowler award after finishing with six wickets, one clear of both Paul and Virginia teenager Taranum Chopra. 
East swept both matches on day one thanks to Jessica Willathgamuwa’s Player of the Match effort in the first T20 of the tournament, a 29-run win. The Georgia allrounder opened the batting and made 19 off 24 balls in East’s total of 94 for 5 before taking figures of 4-1-6-2 to restrict West to 65 for 9. 15-year-old Disha Dhingra of New Jersey top-scored in the match with 27 not out off 33 balls for East. Nobody reached double-figures for West, with 21 extras winding up as top score. 
In the second match, California teenager Anika Kolan top-scored for West with 28 off 29 balls before being stumped off the final ball of the innings in West’s total of 96 for 4. Chudasama then anchored the East’s successful chase despite Paul taking 2 for 15 in four overs. 
In match number three, Dhingra once again top-scored for the East with 25 off 41 balls in a total of 98 for 5. West captain Sindhu Sriharsha scored 31 off 39 balls, but fell in the 18th over. Needing 11 to win off the final over, West were unable to get across the line as East held on to win by four runs. Ritu Singh was named Player of the Match for taking figures of 3 for 21 in the field for West, including successfully defending 10 off the final over. That came after she scored 14 off 13 balls in the waning overs of the East’s first innings. 
Paul helped deliver a consolation victory for West in the finale, taking 2 for 10 in three overs to restrict East to 92 for 8. East were set up well by Willathgamuwa’s 31 off 37 balls after entering at No. 3 in the third over and gave her side a solid platform at 79 for 4 with four overs to go. But East only managed to add 13 runs off the final four overs thanks in part to Paul’s bowling at the death. Paul then iced the game by opening up the chase and batting all the way through to chase the target of 93 with five balls to spare. Isani Vaghela hit the winning run through mid-off to start the final over. 
A USA Women’s squad will be finalized over the next month to participate in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier scheduled to be held in the UAE in September. The USA Women’s U19 team will begin a five match T20 series against West Indies Women’s U19 in Florida starting on August 8, though the final squad has yet to be announced by USA Cricket.