No, I think any Brooklyn class CL would be the best. Very heavy ships, just about as heavy as the CAs and with much more modern fire control systems, damage control and incredible rate of fire. Assuming a daylight battle,
Night battle is a toss up as they do not have torpedoes. If the early model radars and radar operators were working up to snuff then the Brooklyns would win. Otherwise whoever gets the first salvo in.
After the Guadacanal campaign, Allies decided that the treaty cruisers, (and I suspect this would apply to all pre-war 8 inch cruisers) were not suitable for close-in night actions. Their fire control systems were not modern enough, turret speed was too slow and rate of fire was too slow.
In 41, the most modern cruisers were the Brooklyns. I don't know about the Brits but I think that their CLs were smaller, but in a night action in 41 a British cruiser might have a better advantage as they all had radar and in 1941 knew how to use it.
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