From Israel with love
Cricket aid: Adrian Vard and Michael Jacobs with ICA’s Oscar Jonathan
Reflecting on missed opportunities on the pitch, GB’s Open squad donated their training equipment to Israeli cricket towards the end of the Games. Manager Nigel Rothband said: “They were absolutely delighted and it was good to see it put to good use. To see the development of Israeli cricket is fantastic and if this goes some small way to encouraging youngsters to play the sport then this can only be good news.”
Team Scotland’s delegation brought home five medals from Israel. Three medals came in the table tennis Masters competition. Brian Wright and Jeremy Banks took silver in the men’s doubles. Wright won bronze in the men’s singles while they claimed bronze in the team event. They were also the winner of the consolation singles. Alan Susskind won silver in the Masters Over 50 individual squash event. He also paired up with a British player to win gold in the same age category. David Edelman finished third for the best nett in the Golf Masters.
Away from the sports arena, Maccabi GB’s junior delegation attended an Evening for Gilad Shalit in Jerusalem. They were addressed by Noam Shalit, Gilad’s father, and Amir Goldshmidt, from the youth campaign to free Gilad, who will begin his own military service in November. The event was designed to raise awareness about the captured soldier’s plight, and to encourage the participants to campaign on his behalf back in Britain. “We couldn’t have asked for a better response,” said GB junior team manager Alex Pinnick. “They have already sent letters to the Red Cross and are preparing birthday cards to send for Gilad’s 23rd birthday next month.”
GB senior ladies player Debbie Stewart joined up with two American golfers to land silver. She said: “I played my socks off for GB but in the medal table mine goes down as one for USA.”
Radlett CC bowler Daniel Cohen was the top wicket-taker for Team GB’s junior cricket team with 11 scalps.