MLC 2023 Final: The inaugural Major League Cricket (MLC) season came to a close on Sunday night as MI New York defeated the Seattle Orcas by 7 wickets in the final.
Chasing a target of 184, MI New York was off to a shaky start, losing opener Steven Taylor for a three-ball duck. However, Nicholas Pooran came in at number three and proceeded to take the game away from the Orcas.
Pooran smashed 137 off just 55 deliveries, including 10 sixes and 10 fours. His innings was the second-highest score by a captain batting second in T20s. Pooran was well-supported by Tim David, who scored 34 off 19 balls, as MI New York cruised to victory with 17 balls to spare.
The win was a fitting end to a memorable season for MI New York, who finished the regular season top of the table. They also won the Eliminator and Qualifier to reach the final.
For the Orcas, it was a disappointing end to a season that had promised so much. They had been the most consistent team throughout the regular season, but they were unable to find their best form in the knockout stages.
Despite the loss, the Orcas can be proud of their achievements in the inaugural MLC season. They were one of the most entertaining teams to watch, and they will be hoping to go one better next year.
- Nicholas Pooran’s innings was the difference in the final.
- MI New York were the most consistent team throughout the season.
- The Orcas were one of the most entertaining teams to watch.
The MLC is still in its early stages, but it has already made a big impact on the cricket landscape in the United States. The league has attracted some of the biggest names in world cricket, and it has provided a platform for young American players to showcase their talent.
The future looks bright for the MLC, and it is sure to continue to grow in popularity in the years to come.