MAL clinch promotion

By Danny Caro, August 16, 2010
Grant Traub ensured that BECC would not reach three figures

Grant Traub ensured that BECC would not reach three figures

MAL clinched promotion to Division Two of the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League with a clinical display against Belmont & Edgware 1sts.

With the pitch at Camdenians looking green and damp, it was somewhat surprising that BECC skipper Ashley Connick elected to bat on winning the toss. He and fellow opener Alex Goodman played steadily enough before Mark Landau trapped Connick LBW in front with an inswinger.

Josh Burke picked up the second wicket - having bowled some hostile stuff at both batsmen he produced a snorter that clipped the top of Averbuch's off stump.

The score was quickly 22-3 as Abrahams nicked behind off Landau. Goodman and Kay produced a mini-revival with a partnership of 31 before Grant Traub snared the big wicket of Goodman with his first ball, the batsmen beaten in the flight and being bowled for 27.

Kay followed shortly afterwards, as a suicidal piece of running saw him unable to beat Mark Lazar's throw from the deep, Russ Corin sharp in whipping off the bails one-handed.

The sixth wicket fell to a brilliant caught and bowled by Jon Begner as he plucked a full blooded Evans straight drive out of the air in his follow through. Traub then bowled Mayer for 8, and Begner hit Blasebalk's stumps.

Traub ensured that BECC would not reach three figures as he nipped out the last two wickets to finish with 4-10 from 6.5 overs.

MAL found it equally hard to score fluently initially, and were quickly one down as Josh Begner was LBW to Averbuch for 0. Mark Landau and Russ Corin rebuilt, but runs were hard to come by in the face of some very good bowling and a difficult wicket.

Corin was just finding some fluency, having struck a straight six off Averbuch, when he tried one big shot too many and was held in the deep by Connick off Evans.

Landau and Lazar took MAL to victory with a number of boundaries, and there was time for Landau to reach his half century before the target was reached, as he finished 56 not out, with Lazar 11 not

The victory sees MAL promoted in their first season of Middlesex Sunday Cricket League action.

BECC 1st - 83 (24.5 overs) Goodman 27, Traub 4-10, Jon Begner 2-26, Landau 2-27, Burke 1-19

MAL 87-2 (24.1 overs) Landau 56*, Evans 1-21, Averbuch 1-27

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