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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
1. Steven Taylor, USA (vice-captain, wicketkeeper, pictured right) –
The physically imposing left-hander turned in the highest score of the
week with 102 off 117 balls against Canada on the final day of the
event. He would be disappointed to come away with only one century after
setting a goal to get four, but he still managed to lead all batsmen
with 159 runs in live matches at an average of 39.75. Behind the stumps
he completed six dismissals, including five stumpings. It’s also worth
noting he took two wickets and had an economy rate of 2.14 in 14 overs
bowling seam in two games.
2. Christian Burgess, Bermuda – Burgess only got two
opportunities to bat, but wound up being the only opener besides Taylor
to reach 50 in an innings as he laid a solid platform for his side on
the first day against Canada which they were unable to capitalize on.
3. Nikhil Dutta, Canada (pictured left) –
There were no trophies handed out at the end of the week, but if there
were then Dutta would have been the Tournament MVP hands down. His only
failure was on the first day against Bermuda when Delray Rawlins pulled
off the catch of the tournament at point to dismiss him for 5. After
that, Dutta turned in scores of 35 not out, 43 not out and 71 to finish
with 154 runs, just five fewer than Taylor, but at a tournament best
average of 77.00. He was also the leading wicket-taker on the week. His
tidy off-spin was responsible for eight wickets at an average of 11.00
and a 3.54 economy.
4. Tre Manders, Bermuda – The wiry Manders might
have caught some people off guard with his strength as he had no issues
attempting to clear the ropes in his knock of 88 against the USA, which
was the second highest score of the week. His 92 runs overall were third
behind Dutta and Taylor at an event where the batting depth was thin.
5. Gurkaran Dhillon, Canada – His 63 not out in a
two-wicket win over Bermuda on the first day was the difference between
Canada finishing in first place instead of third. His 79 runs were good
for fourth overall on the week and they came at an average of 39.50.
6. Sudeepta Aurka , Canada (captain) – Canada’s
captain was third on his team and fifth overall in the event with 75
runs in four games. Just as importantly, he was an economical bowling
option. Despite only taking one wicket, he had a 2.96 economy rate in 24
overs of off-spin.
7. Joshua Gilbert, Bermuda (pictured right) –
Gilbert has already represented the Bermuda senior side and that
experience paid dividends in a few situations. He came into the first
match against Canada with his side in trouble at 72 for 3 in 14 overs
and stuck his head down to bat through to the end with 47 not out. On
the bowling side, he had a match-winning performance of 4 for 17 in nine
overs against the USA. Gilbert’s 2.84 runs per over was tops for
8. Delray Rawlins, Bermuda – The 14-year-old is the
youngest member on the All-Tournament Team. His left-arm spin provides
an added dimension to the unit. He took four wickets on the week at an
average of 17.25. Rawlins also pulled off the catch of the tournament on
the first day to dismiss Canada’s Nikhil Dutta with a leaping salmon
one-handed effort at point.
9. Zahib Tariq, USA – The New Yorker might have
disappointed with the bat but certainly not with the ball. Tariq was the
most economical spin bowler in Florida, conceding just 2.70 runs per
over in a tournament high 30 overs while taking five wickets, tied for
fourth, at an average of 16.20.
10. Kwaisi James, Bermuda – At first glance, James
bowled innocuous slow medium seamers. Yet, he was one of the most
difficult bowlers to score off of and finished tied for second overall
with six wickets, most of any seamer. James bowled the most maidens on
the week with six and had Bermuda’s best average, taking a wicket for
every 13 runs he conceded. His economy rate of 3.02 was the third best
of any seamer behind Steven Taylor and Vibhav Altekar of the USA.
11. Ryan Persaud, USA – Persaud was perhaps the most
eye-catching bowler on display during the week. Persaud had the magic
touch at the U-15 level and has managed to carry it with him as he
progresses through age-level cricket. For a leg-spinner, he rarely
bowled a bad ball and while many other spinners just darted deliveries
in flat, Persaud never shied away from giving the ball some flight while
getting prodigious turn. He finished the week tied for second with six
wickets at 15.33 with a 3.41 economy rate. Aside from Steven Taylor, he
is USA’s best junior cricket prospect heading into next year’s U-19
World Cup Qualifier for the Americas Region.
[Views expressed in the article are those of the author, who was
present at every match during the tournament. All images courtesy of
Peter Della Penna.]