Seattle Orcas beat Washington Freedom by five wickets in this week’s Major League Cricket fixture at at Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas.
Former Knights cricketers Andries Gous and Obus Pienaar hit 28 and 10, respectively, in Washington Freedom’s final total of 144 for seven in 20 overs. Proteas seamer Wayne Parnell took two wickets.
Proteas cricketers Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen hit one and 10, respectively, in Seattle Orcas’ reply of 148 for five. Proteas fast bowlers Marco Jansen and Anrich Nortje took a wicket each. Former Proteas spinner Dane Piedt took one wicket, too.
“Obviously you get judged on winning games, but I was pleased with the whole process,” said Parnell, who is captain of the Orcas.
“Senior players putting up their hands and the local players standing up, we were pretty good overall. We can always get better.
“Today was about keeping things simple. It was a fresh wicket so we did not know what to expect. Pretty happy with our plans and how we executed them.
“As for the batting approach, again, keeping things simple – see ball, hit ball kind of thing. In the previous games, we have seen a lot of wickets have fallen in the powerplay. We did not score the runs we wanted, but we did not lose a lot of wickets either.”