South Manchester Maccabi conquer rivals
South Manchester came up with all the answers again
South Manchester Maccabi were once again top dogs in the NJCL, winning the league title, Super Sixes and T20.
A bowling triumvirate of Akiva Lieberman, Avrom Topperman and David Glick gave the team an almost unbeatable look and feel.
"We had an amazing season," reflected Steve Glicher, the South Manchester captain. "Obviously it's all change for Manchester cricket next season but we're hoping to be just as competitive."
Glicher praised the achievements of Leeds Maccabi master blaster Simon Williams, who "scored loads of runs and was averaging around 100 for the season".
Salford finished runners-up in the league and T20. Top-order batsman Elliot Koffman won the club's Player of the Year award. He performed consistently and showed an ice-cool temperament when under pressure.
Daniel Paul, the Salford captain, said: "Obviously, I'm thrilled with the team's results on the field. It was beyond my wildest dreams to be able to talk about winning the league at one point but we were in with a chance at one stage. We're only in our second year and the future looks bright for Salford. Roll on the summer of 2011."
Middle-order batsman Alex Dover is their Young Player of the Year after a season where he "showed plenty of promise and scored much fewer ducks".
Manchester Maccabi had another solid campaign, completing a record of winning their first seven games to add to 11 consecutive wins at the end if last season. But the team ended up narrowly missing out on a third consecutive runners-up spot.
Simon Jeffries was named top batsman with all-rounder Andrew Williams taking the Young Player accolade.
Maccabi skipper Ray Tammam's said: "Overall it was a disappointing end to a good season including one of the greatest comebacks in history to beat South Manchester at home after being 56-5 at the halfway stage chasing over 180 and succeeding."
In the south, London Maccabi Vale, MAL and South Manchester Maccabi were the most successful clubs of the past season.
LMV's 1st XI sealed an instant return to the top tier of the Middlesex Sunday League. They won the Division Two title with two games to spare.
Adam Brand, the LMV 1st XI skipper, was undoubtedly the standout performer again. He led from the front as the team won the Middlesex Sunday League Division Two title.
Brand, 39, played 17 matches, scoring 766 runs including three centuries and four 50s with a top-score of 165 not out. He averaged 69.64 and also topped the club's 1st XIs batting average with 74.80. He also took 18 wickets at an average of just over 15.
LMV 2nd won Maccabi National Knockout Cup and improved display in MSCL Division Three. Captain Jonathan Lederman also had an impressive campaign. Playing 23 matches, he accumulated 400 runs at an average of 40 with a best of 73 not out. With the ball, the veteran all-rounder took 23 wickets, averaging 20.39.
Lederman's son, Benjamin, came of age, hitting 244 runs and 24 wickets including a hat-trick and five in the Maccabi National Knockout Cup final.
There were also strong performances from Saul Weitzman, who claimed a season best 5-29, Daniel Cohen and top wicket-taker Jonathan Freedman, as well as brothers Andrew and Joseph Greenwall-Cohen plus Mark Spanjar.
Notable contributions came from Nigel Rothband who accumulated (400 runs) and Dan Caplan (355 runs).
MAL also had another excellent season, winning the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three title at the first attempt. All-rounders Yoav Lebens, vice-captain Mark Landau, captain Gavriel Lebens, fast bowler Mark Klinger and spinner Grant Traub were the star men.
BECC 1st were runners-up in Maccabi National Knockout Cup final. Batting heroes included the ever-present Warren Averbuch, Alex Goodman and Dan Abrahams. Cliff Horowitz performed brilliantly in the second team, as did Jonny Reid, Ryan Monk and Steven Altmann-Richer.
The bowler who really stood out was Gideon Restan. He took 17 wickets in seven matches at an average of 6.41. Lawrence Jeffries and Adam Jacobs had great seasons with the ball in the second team, and Jack Mendel has been vastly improved.
Captain Ashley Connick, described Rafael Levin, Oskar Hollinsworth and Bension Tilley as "excellent prospects for the future".
South Manchester Maccabi were the top dogs in NJCL after retaining the title in the 40-over league, as well as the T20. Salford finished runners-up.
It was also a memorable season for Israel batsman Eshkol Solomon who became Israel's second batsman to score a century in the ICC Trophy.