Ryan Rickelton powers Seattle Orcas to edge past Los Angeles Knight Riders

DALLAS: Ryan Rickelton struck an unbeaten hundred to power Seattle Orcas to a crushing nine-wicket victory against Los Angeles Knight Riders in the sixth match of the ongoing Major League Cricket (MLC) 2024 at Grand Prairie Stadium on Tuesday.

Chasing 169, Orcas had a shaky start as Spencer Johnson removed the opening batter Nauman Anwar (9) with only 17 runs on the board.

However, Rickelton joined hands with Quinton de Kock and turned the game on its head with their batting prowess, giving no respite to the Knight Riders’ bowlers.

Rickelton, being the chief contributor, scored 95 runs during the unbeaten 152-run stand with De Kock, ensuring a comfortable nine-wicket victory in the last over.

De Kock played a cautious 51-run knock from 46 balls, while Rickelton scored 103 off 66 with the help of nine fours and five boundaries.

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This was Seattle Orcas’s first victory in the MLC 2024 after suffering a six-wicket loss against MI New York in their first game. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Knight Riders are on a two-match losing streak after victory in their season opener.

Seattle Orcas invited the Knight Rides to bat first and drew first blood with the early wicket of Sunil Narine (5).

Jason Roy took charge and attacked the bowlers while Unmukt Chand (18) played a supporting role during their 42-run partnership.

Roy top-scored with a 52-ball 66, laced with five boundaries and four sixes.

Later, David Miller played an unbeaten cameo, scoring 44 runs at a strike rate of 200, featuring five boundaries and two sixes to push the team’s total to 168-5 in 20 overs.

For the Orcas, Zaman Khan and Harmeet Singh bagged two wickets each.

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