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South Manchester Maccabi retain NJCL title

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

South Manchester Maccabi retained the NJCL crown for the third consecutive season after easing to a nine-wicket victory in the title-decider against Manchester Maccabi.

Put in to bat, Maccabi had no answer to the pace of Akiva Lieberman (3-11) and the guile of David Glick (4-13).

Wickets fell regularly with only Avi Barr (15) putting up any resistance. Lieberman capped an excellent performance with a stunning full-length diving catch to dismiss Doyle.

Maccabi were dismissed for 39 as Jonny Lieberman (2-2) and Avrom Topperman wrapped up the innings.

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Vale 2nd dent MAL’s promotion hopes

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 2nd dented MAL’s promotion hopes with a seven-wicket victory in Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

The result saw MAL suffer only their second league defeat of the season but in truth Vale were the better side throughout, and cruised to victory with more than 10 overs remaining.

Vale skipper Jon Lederman won the toss and asked MAL to bat. The pitch proved to be very two-paced with the ball not coming on to the bat and the batsmen struggling to time the ball.

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Vale 2nd dent MAL’s promotion hopes

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 2nd dented MAL’s promotion hopes with a seven-wicket victory in Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

The result saw MAL suffer only their second league defeat of the season but in truth Vale were the better side throughout, and cruised to victory with more than 10 overs remaining.

Vale skipper Jon Lederman won the toss and asked MAL to bat. The pitch proved to be very two-paced with the ball not coming on to the bat and the batsmen struggling to time the ball.

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Chigwell & Hainault surprise Belmont & Edgware

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue claimed a 69-run victory over Belmont & Edgware 2nd.

A makeshift Chigwell side, consisting of three Newlands players, two young debutants and former regular Benjy Myers on holiday from his new home in Dallas, Texas managed to defy the odds and pick up a comprehensive win against a Belmont who themselves featured a number of youngsters at Parmiter’s School.

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Mixed fortunes for Israeli clubs in Europa League

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv will Olympiakos in the third round qualifying round of the Europa League.

They squeezed through 3-2 on aggregate despite suffering a 2-1 defeat against Mogren on Thursday night.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Haris Medunjanin claimed a crucial away goal for Maccabi, finding the net in the seventh minute and although a second half double from captain Vladimir Gluscevic have Mogren a win on the night, it was Maccabi who went through.

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Kayal agrees to Celtic move

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Maccabi Haifa midfielder Biram Kayal has agreed a five year deal with Scottish giants Celtic.

The 22-year-old Israeli international is expected to fly over to Glasgow for a medical in the coming few days.

Peter Lawwel, Celtic’s chief executive, is reportedly in Israel and has discussed the deal with Maccabi president Jacob Shahar. The clubs are close to agreeing a fee in the region of £1.25m. Kayal is set to earn £350,000 in his first year at Parkhead with the option of an improved salary if he impresses.

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Keinan joins Blackpool

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Dekel Keinan has signed a two-year deal with Premier League new boys Blackpool – as we told you on July 12.

The deal was confirmed after the Israeli defender was awarded his UK work permit on appeal yesterday.

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Barnet coach Michael Stone: Q&A

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Sir Trevor Brooking's call for the FA to nurture more home-grown coaches was music to the ears of Barnet's Michael Stone.

Reviewing England's World Cup campaign, the FA's Director of Football Development has been quick to call for more English faces to rise through the ranks. And at 31, Stone fits the bill.

Recently appointed coach at League 2 Barnet, Stone, one of the most highly rated trainers in the country, has been charged with extra responsibility for individual player development.

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Hapoel on course in Europe

By Simon Griver, July 22, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv remain on course to reach the group stage of the Champions League after being drawn against Aktobe in the third qualifying round.

Leading 5-0 from the second qualifying round first leg, the Israeli champions completed an aggregate win against Željezniar in Sarajevo on Wednesday night.

Hapoel will be strong favourites to reach the playoff round but they will be wary of Aktobe who, after a goalless first leg against Maccabi Haifa, led 3-0 in Israel before Haifa scored four times in the same round last year.

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Israel tennis looks for a new leader

By Simon Griver, July 22, 2010

The Israel Tennis Centre (ITC) is looking for a new CEO after Janine Strauss stepped down.

Dani Gali, who is head of the tournaments department, has been appointed temporary CEO until a permanent appointment is made. One of Gali's first actions was to meet Dudi Sela, Harel Levy and Andy Ram to repair the rift between the players and the ITC.

Sela, who has been highly critical of ITC's programmes, said after the meeting that he felt that the players' views "are finally being heard".

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