London Maccabi Vale 2nd breezed into the semi-finals of the Maccabi National Knockout Cup after defeating Chigwell by nine wickets.
Chigwell won the toss and decided to bat in beautiful sunny conditions at Rowley Lane. Simon Renshaw continued his excellent form with an early wicket, which was soon followed up at the other end as Jonathan ‘The Vet’ Lederman held onto an excellent catch in the slips off Adam Morris's bowling (1-20 from six overs).
Andrew Greenwall Cohen took over from Morris and produced another brilliant display of miserly bowling, take 1-9 from his eight overs.
At the other end Jonathan Freedman was unable to continue his wicket taking form (0-19 from 4 overs) and Benjamin Lederman came on and took 2-47, conceding runs when the field was up trying to get wickets.
Lederman replaced Greenwall Cohen and took 2-19 and with Renshaw (4-23) coming back on and finishing things off thanks to a catch in the covers by Aviel Schwarz, Chigwell had been bowled out for 147 in 38.3 overs.
A quick change round and David Freedman and Benjamin Lederman were off to chase down the total. Despite a long lecture from captain Lederman, Freedman was looking to finish the match in time to have a leisurely bath before the football, but after reaching 22 (5 x4) he was bowled by a gozunder. This brought Alex Haffner in, and he and B. Lederman were soon in full flow, hitting the ball all round the ground.
Soring at over 10 an over, Haffner reached his fifty in the 16th over which also included reaching the winning total. He finished unbeaten on 56 (9x4) with B. Lederman still there on 45 (5x4). They had put on 101 together in a little under 11 overs.
LMV 2nd face MAL in the semi-finals on August 8.
Maccabi National Knockout Quarter Final.
Chigwell 147 all out (38.3 overs)
LMV 148-1 (15.5 overs)