In the finals, Harmeet Singh’s all-round performance deflated South Zone, and West Red won the first USA national men’s championship under USA Cricket’s leadership. After the Reds were put in a difficult situation at 172 for 5, Singh bailed them out with an enterprising half-century.

After being put into bat, the Reds got off to a good start, with Josh Dascombe and Shehan Jayasuriya both hitting 40s. Singh’s heroics, combined with assistance from lower-order batsmen Siddharth Matani and Saurabh Netravalkar, propelled the Reds to 284. In response, Steven Taylor sped to 50 off 31 balls, but Singh cut short Taylor’s promising innings with the following delivery.

Teams from the South, Mid-Atlantic, East, South West, Midwest, and West, as well as the USA U19 Men’s squad, competed in the fifty overs event. The West Zone was split into two teams, similar to the U19 Men’s National Championship, with West Zone Reds representing northern California through Washington and West Zone Blues representing southern California through Arizona.

In the postgame awards ceremony, West Zone Reds captain Saurabh Netravalkar told Andrew Leonard, “I think we had a team with good balance, and we had strong characters who wanted to raise their game in a difficult circumstance. Despite early half-centuries from Steven Taylor (50) and South captain Aaron Jones (52), the Reds relied on their strong bowling attack in the second innings to shut off the South Zone middle and late order batters and defend their solid total of 284.”

Following the momentous triumph, Harmeet told Emerging Cricket, “It was a great experience to play for the West Reds in the first edition of the US National Championship.” Harmeet’s high level experience and competitive nature have served him well in his first year playing cricket in the United States. A key member of India’s 2012 Under-19 World Cup Champion team and a veteran of 31 First Class and 19 List A matches in India, Harmeet’s high level experience and competitive nature have served him well in his first year playing cricket in the United States. “Every time I play, I aim to do my best and win games, and I give it my all every time I’m on the field.”