Shadley van Schalkwyk and Andries Gous remain Seattle Thunderbolts

Shadley van Schalkwyk.Shadley van Schalkwyk (right).

Former Knights franchise cricketers Shadley van Schalkwyk and Andries Gous have stayed with the Seattle Thunderbolts for the 2022 Minor League Cricket Championship in the United States of America.

While other South Africans – including new Morrisville Cardinals duo Dane Piedt and Obus Pienaar – have moved to new teams, van Schalkwyk and Gous have been retained by the Thunderbolts.

The Thunderbolts compete in the western division of the Pacific conference in the Minor League Cricket Championship.

SA players in Minor League Cricket

Several other former South African club, first-class and franchise cricketers are involved in the tournament, including:

  • Heath Richards
  • Luke Schofield
  • Cody Chetty
  • Corne Dry
  • Obus Pienaar
  • Justin Dill
  • Carmi le Roux
  • David White
  • Calvin Savage

International stars in Minor League Cricket

Many former international cricketers play in the Minor League Cricket Championship, too, including:

  • Liam Plunkett (England)
  • Rusty Theron (South Africa)
  • Dane Piedt (South Africa)
  • Corey Anderson (New Zealand)
  • Sami Aslam (Pakistan)
  • Narsingh Deonarine (West Indies)
  • Xavier Marshall (West Indies)
  • Shehan Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)
  • Angelo Perera (Sri Lanka)

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Minor and Major League Cricket emergence

The Silicon Valley Strikers are the title holders in the Minor League Cricket Championship. They beat the New Jersey Stallions in the 2021 final.

Minor League Cricket is effectively a pathway to Major League Cricket, which is due to launch in 2023 as a six-team tournament akin to other successful T20 brands around the world.

It has received significant investment from Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella, the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise and other cricket and business personalities.

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