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Freedom knocked out of Major League Cricket

A narrow 16-run loss in the Eliminator against MI New York brought an early end to Freedom’s campaign.

Washington Freedom were unable to back-up an impressive bowling display, as they fell short with the bat in pursuit of 142 to win.

Having won the toss, Freedom elected to bowl and in a theme of the tournament, put together a fantastic powerplay effort to restrict New York early in their innings.

Tall left-armer Marco Jansen was particularly impressive, taking 1-12 off his four overs.

After nine overs, New York were 41-3 with Freedom well on top, but a fantastic 75-run partnership between Dewald Brevis (57) and Tim David (23) lifted MI New York to a competitive total.

Freedom’s chase got off to a steady start, with the score 36-1 at the end of the powerplay, but a middle-order collapse would see the required-run-rate spike and crucial batters back in the pavilion, as Mukthar Ahmed, Moises Henriques and Obus Pienaar all departed in the space of seven balls.

Three sixes from Jansen gave Freedom hope, but 25 off the final two overs proved too many as batters were caught on the boundary attempting to clear the ropes.

Captain Moises Henriques reflects on defeat