Southgate back in the race as champions MAL-function
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Pick of the bunch: Southgate’s Rob Apple removed both MAL openers
League title race was blown wide open after Southgate inflicted a first competitive defeat in two years on defending champions MAL.
Put in to bat on a good wicket with short boundaries, Southgate made a fluent start and good partnerships throughout saw Southgate post a highly respectable 210-8 from their 40 overs with Ashley Smokler (49) top scoring.
MAL’s reply got off to the worst possible start, losing the highly talented Avi Kestenbaum and Tony Wise early, both to opening bowler Rob Apple.
A partnership of 35 developed between Grant Traub (63 not out) and Pinty Baddiel, but once broken by an outstanding catch at slip by Smokler off the bowling of Gerschlowitz, MAL collapsed.
Norman Bean claimed four victims, ripping the heart out of the MAL innings to reduce the hosts to 98-9. Only a last wicket partnership of some note between Traub and Klinger (23) dragged MAL to a respectable 158 but Southgate ran out comfortable winners to claim their fifth win in six games this season.
A superb 98 from Danny Caro was not enough to boost London Maccabi Vale’s Middlesex Sunday League promotion hopes as they were narrowly beaten by Haryom in Southgate.
Playing with nine, LMV were soon on the back foot as the Haryom set off briskly. Jeff Permutt immediately slowed down the scoring rate and good bursts from Jonathan Lederman (3-38) and Aviel Schwarz (3-53) saw Haryom finish on 213.
LMV’s reply got off to the worst possible start as Maccabiah-bound Jerome Colmans was caught at gully. Caro, in his second match of the season, and Richard Fraser, set about repairing the damage. Caro hit some sweetly-timed offside shots while Fraser went over the top, including one very large six. Jeremy Harris joined Caro and the pair moved the score moved along quickly to leave LMV at 114-2 at the halfway stage, seemingly a great base to push on for an unlikely win.
Runs continued to come quickly as LMV scored 59 runs in the next 10 overs losing only Harris who made a fine 40. Caro was now into the 80’s and going well, was joined by Permutt. Fourty-one off 10 overs should have been straightforward, but Haryom applied increased pressure and trying to hit one over the top to bring up his century, Caro holed out to long-on for 98. LMV lost by 12 runs.
Bury and Whitefield returned to winning ways, thrashing Salford by 115 runs in the Northern Jewish League. They cashed in on some wayward bowling to smash 172 in a total that owed much to a 70-run opening stand between David First (33) and Andrew Niman (23). The score was boosted by 57 extras. In reply, the Bury bowlers were on the money from ball one with Charlie Mason, Huddi Saltzer and Daniel Caller standing out.
Belmont & Edgware beat Barnet by 64 runs. At 69-5, things looked ominous for BECC but 42 from Jonny Reid kept the score ticking over before Michael Ziff and David Kaplan (16) saw them to 168. Barnet’s Michael Stone finished with 3-24. Lismak (47) top-scored for Barnet but tight spells from Ziff (4-28), Kaplan and Horowitz proved decisive.