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Vale maintain winning run

August 19, 2010

Newly crowned Division Two champions London Maccabi Vale 1st maintained their unbeaten Middlesex Sunday League record after recording a 108-run victory over SKPP.

Sent in to bat, LMV made full use of the 40 overs with captain Adam Brand (71) continuing his purple patch. Opener Danny Caro (30) anchored the innings with Mark Bott blasting his way to an unbeaten 46.

The wicket did not improve in the second innings as SKPP were dismissed for 127. Saul Weitzman (4-22) was the pick of the bowlers with Ryan Kangisser claiming 3-44.

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Palester retires

August 19, 2010

Ronnie Palester, one of the stalwarts of Jewish cricket, is retiring after more than 40 years of playing and involvement in administration.

Palester, 70, founded Belmont Synagogue CC, where over the years he captained all four XIs. He is the current manager of Barnet Synagogue CC and also serves as President of Belmont & Edgware.

A former wicketkeeper-batsman, Palester of Barnet retired five years ago. His best performance saw him claim four catches and three stumpings in one match.

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New boys MAL secure promotion

August 19, 2010

MAL clinched promotion to Division Two of the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League with a clinical display against Belmont & Edgware 1sts.

BECC skipper Ashley Connick elected to bat on a damp and green track but the decision backfired when he was trapped plumb in front by an inswinger from Mark Landau. Josh Burke picked up the second wicket - producing a snorter that clipped the top of Warren Averbuch's off stump.

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Shechter insists Hapoel kippah was not provocation

By Simon Griver, August 19, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Shechter insists that his unique celebration wearing a kippah after scoring the Israeli team's third goal in the 3-2 victory over Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League play-off was not a provocation.

Shechter said that putting on the red kippa with Hapoel's emblem was a premeditated act.

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Hapoel nearer Champions League dream

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Three precious away goals put Hapoel Tel Aviv within touching distance of the group phase of the Champions League after they beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-2 on a plastic pitch in Austria on Wednesday night.

The knockout round first leg got off to a flying start for the Israeli champions when keeper Vincent Enyeama put them ahead from the penalty spot after three minute following a foul on the impressive Etey Shechter.

The hosts levelled after 28 minutes via Pokravic but Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, restored Hapoel's advantage with a bullet header a minute before half time.

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Blackpool confirm Keinan signing

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2010

Dekel Keinan has been unveiled as a Blackpool player – just as the JC told you on July 12.

Keinan joined on a free transfer after parting company with Maccabi Haifa.

He has agreed a one-year deal with an option for a further 12 months.

The 25-year-old had his work permit approved last month but only received it on Monday.

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NJCL round-up

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2010

The NJCL Rep Team maintained their excellent record with a hard fought victory over Ladybridge.

On a warm and breezy day in Cheadle, skipper David Glick lost the toss and the NJCL were invited to bat on a soft, damp track.

With a strong batting line up NJCL opened with veteran Harry Rosenblum and Shaia Rabinowitz.

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Five-star Lions claim first win

By Danny Caro, August 18, 2010

A hat-trick from James Gershfield steered London Lions to their first ever victory in the South Midlands League as they thumped Cockfosters 5-1 in Division One on Tuesday night.

Having failed to win any of their first four matches, the Lions rediscovered the form that saw them crowned Herts County Senior League champions last season.

A scintillating performance was capped by goals from Ben Ellis and Aron Barnes.

The Lions finally showed what they are capable of with a near full squad as they put Cockfosters to the sword at Goffs Park.

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GB announce Euro Games table tennis squad

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2010

Maccabi GB have selected their table tennis squad ahead of next year’s European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Spearheaded by team manager Dov Katz, co-chair of the Maccabi GB international table tennis committee, the delegation features the cream of English Jewish table tennis talent with an array of highly-ranked England stars included.

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BECC 1sts well beaten

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2010

Belmont & Edgware 1st were unable to build on last week’s memorable cup victory as MAL ran out victors by eight wickets to confirm promotion from Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

The match started rather more successfully than it ended for BECC who were decimated by injury and lack of availability. Captain Ashley Connick won the toss, a rare occurrence in recent months. Although wanting to bowl, having only seven players at the designated start time necessitated a bat.

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