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Watch: Andre Russell gets floored by chest-high 88mph Anrich Nortje beamer, still fends it away for four | MLC 2023

Anrich Nortje's 88mph was hit for a four by Andre Russell
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Watch: Anrich Nortje was quick to check up on Andre Russell after flooring him with a nasty beamer, which still went for four, during the Major League Cricket 2023 match between LA Knight Riders and Washington Freedom.

Russell top-scored for the Knight Riders with a 37-ball 70, smashing six fours and as many sixes along the way, but was caught in a spot of bother when a full-toss from Nortje, clocked at 88mph, went wrong, nearly crashing into him at chest height. However, Russell managed to still fend it away for four while taking evasive action, the ball trickling down to the deep backward square fence.

Nortje was quick to apologise to Russell, with the batter bringing out a smile and suggesting all was well.


Despite Russell’s brilliance, the Knight Riders were knocked out of MLC 2023, having lost four games in a row and sitting at the bottom of the points table.

Washington Freedom, meanwhile, notched up a six-wicket win, and are now third, behind Seattle Orcas and Texas Super Kings.

Watch Andre Russell manage a four off a beamer:


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