Good Sports: New York Wins Inaugural Major League Cricket Title
Despite finishing fourth in the league stage, MI New York won three playoff matches to claim the inaugural championship of Major League Cricket.
New York beat the Seattle Orcas by seven wickets in the final at Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas. After New York had held Seattle to 183/9, Nicholas Pooran, MVP of MLC, scored 137 runs off 55 balls, leading New York to victory with four overs to spare.
“Whenever someone plays like that, you have to give them credit,” Seattle captain Wayne Parnell said after the final. “Credit to Nicky and his team. It did not look like he (Pooran) would mishit a ball today.”
Six teams participated in the first season of the Twenty20 cricket league, playing their matches from July 13 to 30 at two venues: Grand Prairie Stadium and Church Street Park in Morrisville, North Carolina. According to MLC, two-thirds of the matches were sold out and total attendance for the season was almost 70,000.
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