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Northern California Outplays New Jersey For 2nd U-19 Title

By Orin Davidson
May 26th, 2009
Northern California (West Coast North) proved that no substitute exists for depth in batting and bowling as they outplayed New jersey (Atlantic) to win the United States national junior cricket title Monday at Gateway Park.

North West Region, 2009 USACA Under-19 champs.

In landing their national title, Northern California, restricted New Jersey to 250 runs for seven wickets in their 50 overs then timed their chase without bother in rattling up 252 for five wickets in reply.

New Jersey had no answer to the strong Northern California batting lineup as their bowlers ran out of steam against the likes of in-form Saleem Saqib who topscored with 51 Shiva Vashishat supported with 43 and Vinay Suri also chipped in with 43.

In setting Northern California a target of merely five runs an over, New Jersey put themselves at a disadvantage against the team which scored 308 the previous day and was spearheaded by the tournament’s lone centurion in Saqib, on a small ground full of runs.

Bowlers found it difficult to penetrate defenses that resulted in a battle of batsmen and Northern California strength proved superior.

Atlantic Region poses with the runners-up trophy.

Suri laid the foundation with a 65 run second wicket partnership with Vashishat that took the game away from New Jersey whose depleted pace attack made little impression early on.

Saqib then rose to the occasion, mixing defense with attack as the rest of the lineup all chipped in with useful contributions to ensure that the trophy changes destination for the next 12 months.
Sami Siddiqui and Gautam Gulati sealed the deal with a sixth wicket stand of 48, that closed out the encounter with 2.3 overs remaining. Siddiqui ended with 25 and Gulati 21.

Iqbal, Yash Shah, Chokshi and Mohammad Assad Ghouse had with one wicket each for New jersey.

Earlier New Jersey stuttered after another flying start from their openers and lost considerably ground in an overcautious approach thereafter.

The irrepressible Charran Singh stroked his way to an attractive 57 and along with the equally exciting Henry Wardley with 25, gave New Jersey hope for a huge score with an opening stand of 81, scored at well over five runs an over. Singh struck six fours, but once the pair was removed, the momentum was lost. Ghouse and Chokshi compiled 113 for the third wicket, but they took few chances to attack that allowed the Northern California spinners to assert themselves.

Nisarg Chokshi collects the runners-up trophy from USACA's CEO Don Lockerbie. (Below) Mohammad Ghous collects the series MVP award from Ravi Etwaroo.

Saqib Saleem was name the MVP of the final, collecting his award from NY Regional Director Jeffroy Morishaw.

Ghouse completed his third half century of the competition, 55, comprising four fours and one six while Chokshi contributed 68 with six fours and one six. In the end though their inadequate runs pace caused their downfall eventually.

Sadiq who had 1-36, won the Man of the Match award, while Khan and Gulati also ended with two wickets.

Ghouse took home the series MVP for his total of 249 runs, and the best batsman of the final while Singh was adjudged its best fielder.

New York captain Gregory Sewdial was given a special prize for all-round performance in their three matches.

Atlantic Region Innings
Henry Wardley caught bowl Gulati 25
Charran Singh caugh bowl P. Suri 57
Mohammad Ghous caught bowl Jamali 55
Nisarg Chokshi caugh bowl Saleem 68
Yasi Iqbal Run out 15 not out
Hiren Patel Run out 0
Mital Patel bowled Kumar 3
Akash Pathak run out 1
Total: 251
Bowling: N. Jamali 8-0-48-2, H. Kumar 5-0-44-1, G. Gulati 10-1-38-1, S. Khan 10-0-40-0, P. Suri 10-0-34-1, S. Saleem 6-0-36-1, S. Vashishat 1-0-6-0

North West Region Innings
Vinay Suri caught 43
Zulkifl Nana
lbw 04
Shiva Vashishat lbw 43
Saqib Saleem run out 12
Saad Khan run out 25
Saami Siddiqui not out 25
Gautam Gulati not out 21
Bowling: Zaid Ilyas 4-30-0, Y. Shah 7-1-17-1, N. Chokshi 7-0-40-1, M. Ghous 6-0-40-0, M. Patel 4-0-26-0, Y. Iqbal 5-0-24-1, C. Singh 1-0-11-0, Anuj Pandya 7-0-30-0

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