Seattle Orcas beat San Francisco Unicorns by 35 runs in this week’s Major League Cricket fixture at Grand Prairie Stadium.
Proteas wicketkeeper-batsmen Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen hit seven and 53 in Seattle’s final total of 177 for four in 20 overs. Former England seamer Liam Plunkett took two wickets.
San Francisco Unicorns, who had Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi in the squad and former Gauteng seamer Carmi le Roux in the XI, responded with 142 all out in 17.5 overs.
“Need to get a good game under the belt early in the tournament. My plan is to get one hit away and then get going,” said Klaasen, who was named Player of the Match.
“Try to be very aggressive against the spinners too. If the ball does not turn a lot, and it is in your half, try to hit away. Some spinners you fancy a little more, and I try to pick my spinners to hit.
“I have fallen into the trap of taking the game for granted. So just waking up every day and starting on zero. This game humbles you very quickly and hopefully this form continues.”
Seattle captain Wayne Parnell added: “Credit goes to the character of this group. It is about keeping things simple and sticking to what has gotten you here.
“Sometimes, coming to the franchise set-up, you want to impress everyone. For us, it is about gelling and keeping things simple and not complicating them.”