Neve Yonatan edge thrilling derby
Neve Yonatan beat local rivals Ashdod in one of the most dramatic Israel Day Cricket League games in recent years.
With the scores tied on 188 thanks to a last over six, Neve Yonatan won the game having lost less wickets - eight as opposed to Young Ashdod all out.
Young Ashdod, asked to bat first in a match reduced to 35 overs due to the wet weather, started their innings well with Danny Malyanker (50) and Srinath Rajit (75) adding 105 for the second wicket, but once both were dismissed by Yani Razpurker (3-34), the middle and lower order crumbled to 188 all out, Matan Razpurker taking 4-34.
Itamar Kehimkar showed his talent and class once again, scoring 68 and seemingly steering Neve Yonatan to their target, but three quick wickets for Raymond Aston (4-21) left Neve Yonatan in trouble at 172-8.
However, the ninth wicket pair of Benny Razpurker and Levy Kamarlekar held on, only just, levelling the scores in the last over, and only realising after the match they had actually won having lost less wickets.
In Lod, Petah Tikva were unable to handle to weather conditions and drowned to a huge 276-run defeat to Lions Lod.
As tight as the Ashdod game was, so the match in Lod was one-sided. Lions Lod amassed 308 in an innings interrupted numerous times because of rain, Eshkol Solomon (87*), Shalom Rubin (68) and Yefet Nagavkar (63) all scoring half centuries. Petah Tikva , cold and wet as they came out to bat, crashed to 32-6, before declaring themselves unable to carry on due to players not feeling well.
In Eilat, the home side began the 2013 season with a 68-run win over Be'er Sheva.
Former Israel internationals Sanjay Gupta (44) and Jacky Divekar (45) added 72 for the fifth wicket as Eilat were dismissed for 165.
Although a seemingly achievable score, Shadi Dikraz (5-22) ripped through the Be'er Sheva top order, reduced to 46-6 and although they managed a recovery of sorts, fell well short dismissed for 97.