Steady start for South

It was a steady start for South Manchester on Sunday as they began their defence of the title with a five wicket win against new boys Salford.

After winning the toss, Salford were asked to bat on a slow pitch. Veteran Jonny Wineberg (14) held the innings together, despite straining a hamstring early on, but the remaining batsmen had no answer to the pace of the Lieberman brothers who finished with five wickets between them.

A couple of wickets from Rabinovitz and two in two balls from Steve Moss finished the Salford innings on 113.

South got off to a dreadful start losing Jody Marks cheaply and were on 8-2 when Akiva Lieberman strode to the wicket. He then proceeded to smash the Salford bowling all over the park and finished with a fine 60. Despite excellent bowling from Salford captain, Daniel Paul (3-19), it just needed stand in skipper Steve Glicher to knock off the remaining runs to give South their first win of the season.

An injury to Huddy Lieberman will be of concern to South and to Huddy himself, who is due to play in the Maccabiah Games Under 18s team later this summer. Huddy was only able to bowl of a short run up in his second spell and both he, and South, will be hoping there is no long-term damage.

    Last updated: 10:52am, April 29 2009