Discovering Cameron Gannon: Seattle Orcas seamer who took 4 wickets against San Francisco Unicorns

Cameron Gannon

Australian-born Cameron Gannon played a pivotal role in the Seattle Orcas’ 35-run victory over the San Francisco Unicorns in Match 4 of the Major League Cricket season. The right-arm seamer’s four-wicket haul, including the dangerous Corey Anderson for just 12, helped the Orcas restrict the Unicorns to 142. Gannon, who is a local player owing to his American roots, finished with returns of 4/23 off 3.5 overs.

The 34-year-old has started the tournament on the right note and will play a huge role for the Orcas if they are to go all the way and lift the trophy. Here are five things you may not know about Gannon: (1) he is a lanky right-arm seamer; (2) he hits the deck hard and troubles batters with extra bounce; (3) he is confident and articulate; (4) he is passionate about storytelling; and (5) he is always looking for ways to improve.

Gannon has represented Queensland and Western Australia in first-class cricket

In 2010, Cameron Gannon made his first-class cricket debut in a rain-affected Sheffield Shield game against Tasmania at The Gabba in Brisbane. Gannon played for Queensland, where he sent down four economical overs and conceded just three runs. However, due to rain, only 31 overs were played in the entire contest. Gannon represented Queensland for ten years before moving to Western Australia ahead of the 2020-21 season. He was contracted with them until the end of the 2022-23 season and was a member of their Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup championship squads in the previous season.

In the Big Bash League, he has shared the field with Shane Watson and Brendon McCullum

Cameron Gannon made his T20 debut for the Brisbane Heat in the second season of the Big Bash League in 2012-13. During a match against the Hobart Hurricanes at The Gabba, Gannon gave up 38 runs in four overs as the Hurricanes easily chased down a target of 173. During the contest, Gannon’s teammates included veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, James Hopes, Thisara Perera, and Daniel Christian. That season, the Heat emerged victorious and claimed their only BBL championship. Gannon played alongside Brendon McCullum at the Heat over the years, with the former New Zealand skipper being a massive component of the side.

He was once banned for having an illegal bowling action.

Cameron Gannon’s career hit a roadblock at the end of the 2012-13 season when his bowling action was found to be illegal. Despite picking up a cluster of wickets in both the Sheffield Shield and the 50-over domestic tournament, his action came under the scanner. Fox Sports reported that Gannon’s elbow was recorded at 24 degrees, comfortably above the permissible limit of 15 degrees. Cricket Australia suspended him from bowling for 90 days, but he was given clearance after successful remedial work in the months that followed.

He has played four T20Is for USA

Cameron Gannon has played for three teams in the BBL but has never represented Australia. However, he made his international debut in a T20 for USA in 2019 during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Final clash at White Field Hill in Sandys Parish, Bermuda. Gannon played four T20Is in that very tournament, ending with three wickets at an economy rate of 7.44.

Hayden Walsh Jr. was Gannon’s teammate at the time, and has since represented the West Indies in white-ball internationals. Gannon’s last T20I was also against Bermuda, with matches against Cayman Islands and Canada in between.

Cameron Gannon has recorded a fifty in first-class cricket

Despite not being recognized for his batting skills, Cameron Gannon rose to the occasion for Western Australia in a Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania in Adelaide. Western Australia were struggling at 189/8 in the first innings before Gannon, walking in at No. Gannon joined forces with skipper Shaun Marsh at number 10 to help save his side.

He put on a 78-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Marsh, who scored 115, and then added 35 for the last wicket with Lance Morris en route to his maiden first-class fifty. Gannon’s 72-ball 58 featured six fours and two sixes, helping Western Australia post a competitive 302. Although Tasmania took the first-innings lead, it could have been worse if not for Gannon’s rearguard effort with the bat.