NJCL Round-up

South Manchester look set to retain the NJCL title after a second demolition of Sedgley Park this season.

After last week’s cup exit to Maccabi, their only challengers for the title, South return to form in style.

Excellent bowling by Maccabiah bound Huddy Lieberman (4-3) and Jonny Lieberman (3-7) effectively ended the contest before it began.

An excellent of legspin from Sam Hassan (2-1) and a wicket for Rabinovitz ended the Sedgley innings on just 23 all out.

South took just four overs to reach their target and claim maximum points, retaining their unbeaten league season.

MACCABI WIN AGAIN

Maccabi now remain as the only challengers to South Manchester after their 31-run victory over Bury.

They followed the dramatic win over South with a resolute display in a game they chose to bat first against a Bury team who were missing several first team regulars.

Daniel Caller grabbed two early wickets and bowled his seven overs for 14 runs, putting the visitors well on top.

The returning Marc Williams (21) steadied the ship helped by Maccabiah-bound Steven Allweis (16). But Marc Levington grabbed three wickets and Saltzer bowled economically with just 12 runs coming from his seven over spell to leave Maccabi looking unlikely to reach a three figure score.

Stand-in Bury skipper, Andrew Niman, grabbed a wicket and a catch giving away 22 from his seven overs and debutant Johnathan Franks and Max Davies grabbed a wicket apiece, and were helped by Johnson's impressive catch.

Not for the first time this season, Maccabi's young lower order batsmen performed sensibly to steer the team to 131-9 thanks to Adam Goldstone and Andrew Williams.

In reply, Bury started well with a brisk start from skipper Niman and debutant Johnny Reuben, soon followed by a quickfire 17 from Richard Feingold. Goldstone grabbed an early wicket thanks to the first of keeper Simon Jeffries' two fine catches as Steven Allweis and 13-year-old spin wizard Andrew Williams grabbed two wickets each for 18 and nine runs respectively from their 13 overs.

Maccabi Captain Ray Tammam dismissed his opposite number as well as Johnson but Bury's Caller smashed a quickfire 36, putting them back into the game before he was caught at slip by Tammam from Andrew Williams.

It was left to Josh Davies and Marc Williams to grab a wicket each, ending Bury's charge at exactly 100. This made it five wins from six matches for last year's league runners-up, solidifying their second place spot with just an outside chance of catching South Manchester.

SALFORD SEE OFF LEEDS

Leeds New Rover hosted Salford in a mid-table clash at the Yorkshire team’s venue. Leeds were quickly made to rue the decision to bat as both openers were dismissed without scoring and soon three wickets were down for seven runs.

Captain, Daniel Goldsborough tried to hold the innings together but wickets continued to fall as Leeds were reduced to 62 -7 after 13 overs.

With Salford poised to take the match away from Leeds, Goldsborough began to farm the strike magnificently, frustrating the Salford bowlers. Along with extras, he accumulated all the runs in an 80 run 8th wicket partnership, ending on 78 not out.

Salford captain Daniel Paul, commented, “That was one of the most brilliant batting performances I have ever seen.”

Leeds ended on 149-8. For Salford, both Mo Watson and Jonny Wineberg ended with figures of 2-21.

With Salford chasing 150 on the hard surface, Leeds took the early wicket of Gideon Sacofsky for 12. However, there then followed the second 80-run partnership of the match as Jonny Wineberg (69 not out) and Josh Henry (14) reveled in the Yorkshire heat.

Despite the odd play and miss, Wineberg rarely looked troubled and, after passing his 50, took advantage of Leeds’ change bowlers to post his best score for several seasons.

Goldsborough was impressive with the ball (2-18) and did not deserve to be on a losing side. A brief cameo from Robert Marks helped Salford home with seven wickets in hand.

    Last updated: 3:08pm, July 6 2009