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Lions mauled in Charity Shield

By Danny Caro, August 8, 2011

London Lions suffered a huge reality check a week before the season starts with a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Berkhamsted in the Herts Charity Cup.

Lions manager Tony Gold was without six regular first team players through injury, illness and holiday. In fact at one point the game was close to being forfeited as Lions only had eleven men with no subs.

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South Manchester retain NJCL T20 title

By Danny Caro, August 8, 2011

South Manchester edged past Salford to retain the NJCL T20 title in a close fought encounter.

Salford won the toss and elected to bat in damp conditions but tight bowling from brothers Akiva and Huddy Lieberman kept the scoring down. In fact Salford only managed 11 runs off the first five overs as the bowlers were on top.

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MAL 2nd edged out by Crouch End

By Danny Caro, August 8, 2011

MAL 2nd went down by 22 runs in a well-contested friendly against Crouch End.

Michael Klinger, on his first outing as captain for MAL 2nd, lost the toss and was asked to field by the opposition captain Felix Middleton, who according to the reporter is no relation to Kate.

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Cricket scoreboard - August 7

By Danny Caro, August 8, 2011

MIDDLESEX SUNDAY LEAGUE DIVISION TWO
MAL 195-6 (40 overs) Grant Pakter 70, Yoav Lebens 34
SKLP 184-9 (40 overs) Yoav Lebens 3-42
MAL won by 11 runs
SEE MATCH REPORT

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GREATER MANCHESTER AMATEUR LEAGUE

West Didsbury 230-8

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Title within touching distance for MAL

By Danny Caro, August 8, 2011

The destiny of this season's Middlesex Sunday League Division Two title lies in the hands of MAL after they claimed a nail-biting 11-run victory over title rivals SKLP in Northolt on Sunday.

MAL battled to a hard-fought victory despite persistent light rain for most of the day with the odd heavy shower. The game went ahead and even finished under sunny skies.

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Maccabi pass Olympic challenge

By David Gold, August 8, 2011

An excellent all-round display from captain Ray Tammam helped Manchester Maccabi clinch their third victory of the campaign with a six-wicket success over Olympic.

Beaten by the same team seven days ago, Tamman's troops fought hard to stay in the game as Olympic moved to 110-4 at the midway point of the innings.

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Heath Banta withdraws from MSFL

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2011

With less than a month to the start of the new MSFL season, Heath Banta have withdrawn from the league – leaving it with 50 teams.

Ben Nathan, manager of the Division Three team, informed league chairman David Wolff of his decision last night.

Nathan said: "Unfortunately, we have come to the conclusion that we are not going to be able to field a team for the season.

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Haifa face Genk in Euro tie

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2011

Maccabi Haifa will play Genk over two legs to earn a place in the group phase of this season's Champions League.

Having claimed a 3-2 aggregate win over Slovenian champions Maribor on Wednesday night, Haifa must now overcome a team that beat Partizan in the third qualifying round in the playoff round.

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Haifa reach Champions League knockout round

By Danny Caro, August 4, 2011

A first-half strike from Idan Vered enabled Maccabi Haifa to book a place in Friday's Champions League Knockout round as they beat Slovenian champions Maribor on Wednesday night.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Israel, Haifa took only 10 minutes to extend their advantage when Vered found the net in the third qualifying round second leg.

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Israel has nothing to fear, says Luzon

By Simon Griver, August 4, 2011

Avi Luzon believes that Israel has nothing to fear after his team were drawn against Portugal and Russia in their World Cup qualifying group for the finals in Brazil in 2014.

Although the draw looks tough, with only the top side qualifying automatically, and the runners-up facing a playoff, Israel FA chairman Luzon was quick to stress that Israel had been fortunate in avoiding the toughest team

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