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Jewish cricket plans shake-up

By Danny Caro, April 29, 2010

Radical plans to shake up Jewish cricket in London were being discussed this week after Maccabi Cricket chairman Richard Mitchell stepped down from his post.

A new committee will be set up in an attempt to resurrect the sport. Michael Ziff, (inset) chairman of Team GB cricket at last year's Maccabiah, has discussed his vision with Maccabi GB Head of Sport Daniel Collins.

Ziff's plan is based on the establishment of a Jewish super-club, using the model of London Maccabi Vale, whose Rowley Lane base houses a thriving colts section.

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London Lions close in on HSCL title

April 28, 2010

London Lions’ title hopes were given a major boost on Tuesday night when they moved to within two points of top spot after thumping Bovingdon 5-0 in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Goals from top-scorer Adam Stolerman (2), James Gershfield (2) and David Soutar saw them close the gap on Wormley Rovers who were beaten 1-0 by the Met Police.

Tony Gold’s men, who have two games in hand on Rovers, were further boosted by news that title rivals Baldock Town Letchworth were deducted three points for fielding a suspended player in the 5-0 win over Codicote March 13.

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Wingate & Finchley’s promotion hopes dashed

By Danny Caro, April 28, 2010

Wingate & Finchley’s hopes of reaching the Ryman League Premier Division came to an end on Tuesday night when they were beaten 3-2 by Enfield Town in the Division One North Playoff semi-final.

With the team’s meeting three days after they played out a goalless draw in their final league game, the visitors virtually had the game wrapped up, scoring early three goals at the Abrahams Stadium.

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NJCL round-up

By Zevi Saunders, April 27, 2010

Champions South Manchester Maccabi started the Northern Jewish League title defence with a hard fought victory over Bury & Whitefield.

Put into bad on a wet pitch, South’s openers put on 40 for the first wicket and were looking comfortable. After eight overs, Adam Shogger was introduced to the attack and struck with his first ball and again four balls later. This brought Bury back into the game and when Dave Ross took two wickets with his first deliveries in a Bury shirt the came was even. South finished on 117-9.

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Plax appointed GB Ten Pin Bowling chairman

April 27, 2010

Matthew Plax has been named sports chairman for Team GB Ten Pin Bowling at the 2011 European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Plax competed at the 2005 Maccabiah Games and managed the bowling teams at the 2007 European Games in Rome and at the 2009 Maccabiah.

Plax said: “We intend to take a full team of six bowlers, with a squad strong enough to win individual and team gold in Vienna. There are a number of younger bowlers who have not taken part in an international Maccabi event before, but who are certainly good enough to break through into the team.

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Maccabi Vale start in style

April 27, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 1st XI opened their 2010 season with a comfortable 47-run victory at Rickmansworth CC.

Captain Adam Brand won the toss and elected to bat in the agreed 35-over game with LMV fielding a number of club debutants including Nigel Rothband, Simon Renshaw and Andy Landesberg. LMV were also delighted to welcome back Martin Schultz, who missed the majority of last season through injury.

On a very green and slow wicket, openers Richard Black and Jonathan Cantor set about getting the scoreboard ticking over early but in trying to force the pace Cantor was bowled early on.

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MAL claim first win

By Danny Caro, April 26, 2010

MAL picked up their first win of the 2010 season thanks largely to a clinical display with the bat against Walthamstow CC on Sunday.

Having lost the toss and been put in to bat, some slightly wayward early bowling helped them to reach 30 off five overs, before Avishai Kestenbaum was late on a pull and tope edged to the keeper for a slightly rusty 0. Yoav Lebens joined Mark Landau and the pair set about building a platform, putting on 79 together, with Landau reaching his half century before nicking Nathan Onojaife to slip for 51.

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Lawrence late shot denies Norstar B

By James Martin, April 26, 2010

Glenthorne United boss David Blitz is predicting a bright future for his side as they finished off a dramatic season for the club by grabbing a last-minute equaliser to keep alive their promotion hopes against rivals UJS Norstar B.

Facing a five-way tussle to go up from the JC MSFL Division Four, it looked like a season which has seen Glenthorne’s A team fold from the Premier League, would end in defeat for Blitz’s men, after an 82nd minute strike by Nick Benson put UJS Norstar B ahead.

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Kastor finishes 18th at London Marathon

By Danny Caro, April 26, 2010

Deena Kastor finished 18th at the Virgin London Marathon. The 2006 winner had her preparations disrupted by the volanic ash travel backlog and overcame an arduous two-day journey from America via Paris.

The American marathon record holder crossed the line in 2:36:20, her slowest time for any marathon she had completed since taking up the event nine years ago.

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MSFL Rep team reaches cup final

By James Martin, April 23, 2010

Jamie Cole admits that he faces a major selection headache after his patchwork JC MSFL Rep team advanced to the final of the London Inter-League Cup.

Goals by winger Ben Ellis and a wonder strike from Danny Daggers ensured a 2-0 win over the North London and South Herts League side at Brimsdown Rovers on Thursday night.

Devoid of the likes of Paul Hakim, Adam Stolerman and Daniel Stanton, Cole’s side booked their place in the final next month thanks to graft rather than skill, and a little luck - as they survived an early onslaught.

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