Cricket: latest results

By Danny Caro, August 25, 2009

Captain Adam Brand blasted his troops after "an inept batting performance" left London Maccabi Vale 1sts' hopes of avoiding relegation hanging by a thread.

Standing in for Jerome Colmans, Brand (5-18) helped dismiss basement battlers West Harrow for 165.
Paul Durban (61) was the only LMV batsman to come away with an credit as they lost by 30 runs, the team's third consecutive Middlesex Sunday League defeat.

Manchester Maccabi surprised holders South Manchester Maccabi to win the NJCL Twenty20 Trophy. A match-of-the-match performance from South veteran Harry Rosenblum was not enough as Manchester edged home by six runs.

Rosenblum claimed a five-wicket haul with the ball before smashing an unbeaten 28 not out for the league champions but cool bowling at the death by the Manchester Maccabi bowlers earned the underdogs a six-run victory.

Appearing in the final by virtue of a technicality following their semi-final defeat against Salford, Manchester lost the toss and were asked to bat.

Early wickets from Mark Filson and Rosenblum put them on the backfoot but Nigel Woolfstein helped rebuild the innings before a superb partnership between the experienced Laurence Benjamin (32 not out) and Mike Sheldon (28) helped them past over the 100 mark. Late contributions from the lower order helped Maccabi close on a respectable 115-9.

Rosenblum was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with the 5-17 from four overs.

Tight spells from Steven Allweis, 13-year-old off-spinner Andrew Williams, Adam Goldstone and Mike Sheldon kept the brakes on as South reached 46-4 at the halfway point. A quickfire knock from Rosenblum gave South renewed impetus while Dan Lieberman added valuable runs (25) towards their target with wickets in hand. Lieberman hit 19 off Ray Tammam's first over before he was well caught by Dean Clyne going for a another big hit.

A tense final over saw South needing 12 to win the with five wickets remaining. Ray Tammam held his nerve, picking up two wickets to keep South in check.

Victory saw Maccabi pick up their first trophy in their thid season since returning to the Jewish Cricket League. They will now contest the cup final against Bury & Whitefield on Sept 6.

MAL suffered a 70-run defeat in a friendly against Old Parkonians (260-4). Skipper Mark Landau (57) and fellow opener Avi Gelley (33) put on an enterprising stand of 75 in 11 overs but MAL were dismissed after 28 overs.
London Maccabi Vale 2nd beat CEC by five wickets.

Amy Morris (3-17) helped restrict CEC to 144. Joseph Nyman, 12, also caught the eye. Fresh from an impromptu coaching session by England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, Saul Freedman bagged 3-16.

Jeremy Harris (58) and Aviel Schwarz added 57, leaving captain Jonathan Lederman and Simeon Cohen to seal victory with seven overs remaining.

A century from Ashley Connick could not prevent Belmont & Edgware 1st from going down by 8 wickets against Southgate Adelaide.

Connick (108) and Daniel Geey (31) put on 109 for the second wicket. Connick reached his 50 in 53 balls and brought up three figures off 97 deliveries. GB Maccabiah junior Jake Reza added an unbeaten 44 as BECC finished on 233-5. The result was never in doubt though as Southgate raced home with 10 overs to spare.

Three wickets in a marathon 16-over bowling stint by Simon Renshaw backed up by a exhibition in controlled aggressive batting by Jerome Roith helped Casual Nomads secure a hard-fought draw at Southgate’s idyllic Walker Ground.

Nomads restricted Southgate to 191 with Renshaw (3-43), Ben Posen, Nick Landesberg, Andy Landesberg and Richard Berman among the wickets.

Andy Finlay provided the early impetus in Nomads’ reply with nine fours in a quick-fire 48. But it was Jerome Roith, with an unbeaten 73 in just 19 overs, who gave the visitors hope of an unlikely victory.

Despite regularly losing batting partners to tight spin and seam bowling, the wicketkeeper's powerful shot-making, with ten boundaries, kept Nomads in the hunt until the very end - requiring an unlikely 24 off the final over.

Victory proved to be just out of reach but along with Simon Renshaw, the pair comfortably saw off the final six balls to claim a deserved draw.

Last updated: 11:28am, August 25 2009