Livewire Lebens fires MAL to victory

By James Masters, July 11, 2011

Yoav Lebens produced a batting masterclass to propel MAL to within sight of the Division Two Middlesex Sunday Cricket League title.

Lebens smashed 71 off just 48 balls as MAL eased to a 45-run victory over fellow challengers SKLP.

Liverwire Lebens hit three huge sixes and six boundaries on his way to racking up a fourth half-century from five games.

Mark Landau's 47 helped MAL finish on 239-9 from their 40 overs before the bowlers took over to reduce SKLP to 44-4.

An injury to Landau forced Gav Lebens into the bowling attack and he didn't disappoint, taking 3-20 to help dismiss the visitors for 194

The result leaves MAL level on points at the top of the table alongside SKLP with the teams set to meet for a title showdown on August 7.

Meanwhile, MAL 2nds recorded a four-wicket win over South Harrow following an impressive run-chase in their latest friendly clash.

Set 172 for victory in 35 overs, Kevin Ventner hit 49 and Marc Mer 34 as the visitors eased to victory.

Mer, batting with a runner after breaking a toe in the field, played through the pain barrier before he was eventually bowled.

But MAL rarely looked in trouble and claimed a welcome victory as they finished off South Harrow with overs to spare.

Last updated: 12:01pm, July 11 2011