Majestic MAL do the double

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2008

MAL secured the Barratts Maccabi Sunday League title with victory over Chigwell at Mill Hill on Sunday.

Chigwell won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat. Charlie Sherrard removed both openers in his first spell the first caught at first slip by Yoav Lebens, before he had Murray clean bowled for 17. This brought Brad Ormsby to the crease who began to look dangerous with a few well struck fours. However he fell into the trap with the field set back and was caught by Grant Traub for 25 off Yoni Schurder's bowling.

Wickets continued to fall steadily thanks to a burst of four wickets in four overs from Yoni Schurder who ended with 4-30 in his eight over spell including an excellent caught and bowled.

Some late hitting from Salador 22 and Lloyd Duddridge with 31 saw Chigwell get up to 140, as Yoav Lebens and Josh Begner, with two wickets each, cleaned up the tail, Chigwell being all out in the 26th over.

Having lost Brian Kobrin in the first over, Brad Sacher and Yoav Lebens put MAL back on course with a stand of 60 at better than a run a ball.

Sacher hit some fluent drives in his 22 before being bowled by Salador.

Lebens scored his 40 with an array of shots including a huge six over long off before being caught on the boundary with the score on 74.

A quickfire 35 from Charlie Sherrard kept MAL on track until four wickets fell in quick succession, leaving them needing 20 runs with only three wickets in hand.

Murray and Salador both put in fine spells to leave the game in the balance. However, it was not enough as 15 from Traub, ably supported by Max Sherrard, took MAL to their target with 12 overs to spare and victory by three wickets.

Having won the 20/20 competition two weeks ago, MAL are now going in search of the treble when they compete in the playoffs in August.

This has been a fine season so far for MAL who only 18 months ago were holding crisis meetings to decide whether to amalgamate or go out of existence. Their success, under the leadership of Gavriel Lebens and vice captain Mark Landau, has been based on a combination of experienced players and a group of younger players who have all shown tremendous loyalty to the club.

Last updated: 10:58am, July 29 2008