South retain NJCL title

By Zevi Saunders, July 28, 2009

South Manchester Maccabi retained the Northern Jewish Cricket League title after beating Leeds by eight wickets.

Victory leaves them on 188 points, 64 points clear of second place Bury with one match remaining.

Only four batsmen reached double figures as Leeds, who elected to bat, were dismissed for 103.

On a damp wicket, openers Sullivan (15) and Goldsborough (13) laid solid foundations with 25 on the board before the fall of the first wicket

The partnership was broken by Shiers and the innings began to fall apart. Only Smaje and Levin managed to reach double figures with the rest of the Leeds batsmen falling victim to tight bowling from the South attack.

It was a great bowling performance from the league champions with everyone chipping in.

Pick of the bowlers was Rabinovitz returning figures of 2-8 with Hassan and Shiers also picking up a couple.

Leeds were bowled out for 103 in the 32nd over.

With one eye on the weather, South put in the pinch-hitters at the top of the order. Akiva Lieberman had a rare failure but brothers Bobby and Dan more that made up for it with scores of 43 and 40 not out respectively.

South reached their target of 104 with the loss of just two wickets and as the players left the field, the heavens opened.

Another superb all round performance by the South players confirming them as the best team in the league this year.

Elsewhere, Manchester Maccabi beat Salford by 80 runs. On a damp, bowler-friendly wicket, depleted league newcomers Salford started well led by Mo Watson (3-14) whilst Simon Jeffries led the way for Maccabi (17) aided by Maccabiah silver medallist Steven Allweis (11) and skipper Ray Tammam (11).

The home team steadily moved on towards a decent total helped by Harvey Barrett (9 n.o.) whilst Robert Marks put the brakes on with 3-11 whilst Wineberg only conceded 12 from his six overs, and Paul, Rabinowitz and Henry grabbed a wicket apiece.

All-rounder Andrew Williams (13 not out) helped secure a competitive total of 122-9 from the hosts' 35 overs.

After a delay in proceedings, Salford were set a revised target of 116 to win in 31 overs. This seemed harsh as it was raining and the pitch was getting increasingly wet and progressively more difficult to bat on.

The teams soldiered on and victory looked likely as Wineberg (11) and Sachofsky (13) put on 33 for the first wicket. The game then turned on its head as the conditions worsened and the Maccabi bowlers cashed in led by Steven Pearlman (3-17) and Andrew Williams (4-3) as the visitors collapsed to 42 all out from 17 overs giving Maccabi their sixth win in seven league and cup games.

The match between Bury and Sedgley was abandoned at the tea due to rain. Elliot Koffman had claimed a hat-trick to polish off Bury for 117.

Next week sees the start of the Twenty20 cup competition. This will be played on a knockout basis with the inauguration of the powerplay where eight fields will have to be inside the 15-yard from the batting circle for five overs.

Last updated: 5:11pm, July 28 2009