SA’s top performers in Minor League Cricket in USA

File image: Luke Schofield.File image: Luke Schofield.

The Silicon Valley Strikers beat the New Jersey Stallions in the final to claim the inaugural Minor League Cricket Championship title in the United States of America last week.

The tournament featured several South Africans – most capped at international, franchise or provincial level.

They played alongside and against many former and current international cricketers, including West Indian Sherfane Rutherford, New Zealand’s Corey Anderson, Sri Lanka’s Shehan Jayasuriya and Pakistan’s Sami Aslam.

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SA batsmen in Minor League Cricket

Former South Africa Under-19 batsman Willem Ludick, ex-Dolphins batsman Cody Chetty and former Knights batsman Obus Pienaar were among the highest run-scorers.

Player | MLC team Runs | Innings Average | Strike rate
Willem Ludick | Houston Hurricanes 471 | 13 47 | 144
Cody Chetty | Hollywood Master Blasters 470 | 15 43 | 107
Obus Pienaar | St Louis Americans 444 | 13 44 | 122
Andries Gous | Seattle Thunderbolts 399 | 14 40 | 135
David White | East Bay Blazers 394 | 14 30 | 115
Luke Schofield | St Louis Americans 332 | 11 33 | 123
Shadley van Schalkwyk | Seattle Thunderbolts 259 | 12 29 | 105
Chad Bowes | East Bay Blazers 217 | 9 36 | 118
Slade van Staden | Houston Hurricanes 209 | 11 23 | 107
David Bunn | East Bay Blazers 157 | 9 17 | 101
Justin Dill | New Jersey Stallions 150 | 11 30 | 99
Corne Dry | Atlanta Fire 108 | 10 27 | 171
Dane Piedt | DC Hawks 65 | 7 16 | 138

SA bowlers in Minor League Cricket

Former Proteas and Cape Cobras spinner Dane Piedt and former Knights seamers Shadley van Schalkwyk and Corne Dry were among the top wicket-takers.

Player | MLC team Wickets | Innings Average | Economy rate
Corne Dry | Atlanta Fire 30 | 16 14 | 7
Justin Dill | New Jersey Stallions 21 | 18 17 | 7
Shadley van Schalkwyk | Seattle Thunderbolts 20 | 14 16 | 5
Rusty Theron | East Bay Blazers 15 | 11 17 | 5
Obus Pienaar | St Louis Americans 13 | 14 21 | 7
Joshua Kind | St Louis Americans 12 | 12 18 | 8
Dane Piedt | DC Hawks 11 | 10 20 | 7
Andries Gous | Seattle Thunderbolts 5 | 2 7 | 9
David Bunn | East Bay Blazers 1 | 1 12 | 7

Former Dolphins and Cape Cobras all-rounder Calvin Savage was meant to play for the Michigan Cricket Stars. His arrival, however, was delayed. The same occurred for Gauteng and Philadelphians seamer Carmi le Roux.

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