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Murray will be the star of the show

May 7, 2009

You have heard of the concept – a one-man team. Well, 14-year-old Dana Murray will be flying the flag as the only representative of the Team GB gymnastics team.

The Redcar Gymnastics Club member will reportedly be the first GB competitor in the sport for almost a quarter of a century.

Her mum, Rosie, is from Israel, and Dana qualifies through her scores in the British Challenge Cup over a two-year period.

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Clash of the titans

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

The best Jewish team in the country will be identified at Wingate & Finchley on Sunday as holders Neasden take on Hendon in a repeat of last season’s showpiece.

The meeting features the two most celebrated MSFL clubs in recent times with Neasden, who were in action in the JC League Cup on Thursday, hoping to clinch part one of a possible treble.

Hendon’s preparations for the final were also hampered by a fixture pile-up that forced them to play Oakwood EDRS on Wednesday.

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Disciplined Hendon progress

May 7, 2009

Late goals from David Korman and Greg Corin saw Hendon United A claim a hard fought win against Leeds Maccabi AFC in a lunchtime kick-off at the Gledhow Sports Club, Leeds.

An uneven surface made passing difficult for both sets of players. The game was tight throughout with defences dominating.

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Free agents

By Danny Caro, May 7, 2009

Two players were left reeling this week after being released by their clubs as the season drew to a close.

Ran Kadoch was one of five released by Barnet. The Israeli keeper, 23, has made 12 appearances since signing last August.

He finished the season in style, saving a penalty in the 2-1 defeat against Port Vale and played a part in Barnet’s consolation after going up for a corner.

Wycombe Wanderers bid farewell to midfielder Scott Shulton, 19, one of nine to leave the newly promoted club.

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Betar? It couldn’t be much worse

By Simon Griver, May 7, 2009

Struggling Betar Jerusalem could be given a lifeline after Brazilian billionaire Guma Aguiar started negotiations with owner Arkady Gaydamak to buy the club.

Set to go into administration next month, news of Aguiar’s proposal improved the mood in Jerusalem in a week when Uefa disqualified the defending Israeli champions from competing in Europe next season after they failed to provide the necessary financial guarantees. Betar have until next week to appeal by which time Aguiar, may have made his move.

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Ram and Erlich reach last eight in Israel

By Simon Griver, May 7, 2009

Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich reached the quarter final of the Israel Open with a 4-6, 6-1, 10-8 victory over Simon Stadler and Amir Hadad.

The pairing had not played together since Erlich injured his elbow last August.

Ram and Erlich agreed that Ram will continue playing part of the time with his new partner Max Mirnyi of Belarus and partly with Ram ahead of Israel's quarter-final Davis Cup tie at home to Russia in July.

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Depleted BECC hold their own

May 5, 2009

A greatly depleted Belmont & Edgware 1st team played their first game of the season against Middlesex League Division One side Graces, after the previous week's opposition cancelled.

New captain Michael Blasebalk won the toss and decided to bat. On 39-1, opener Jeremy Freeman (30) was joined by Simon Durban (34) and together they moved the score to 77-2. Captain Blasebalk (12), Richie Weinburg (21) and Nick McCleod (12) all helped move the score on. Unfortunately new member Michael Ziff ran out of partners in the 38th over and finished on 12 not out, with the score on 156.

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Salford edge past Sedgley

May 5, 2009

On an overcast, blustery day, Salford met Sedgley Park at Woodbank Park in Stockport for their second match of the season. After winning the toss, Salford elected to bowl on the newly laid strip that was holding a lot of moisture. Salford captain Daniel Paul opened the bowling with some accurate deliveries and, with Alex Woolfstein partnering him they set about bowling a tight line to restrict Sedgley openers Davidi Neumann and Michael Pfeffer.

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Permenator destroys Edmonton

May 5, 2009

Friendly: LMV 2nd 200, Edmonton 155. LMV won by 45 runs

After some discussion about which Edmonton team we would be playing we ended up with the right result in both senses as we got our season off to a winning start against their Sunday 2nd team. Having been hit round the park for over 300 in our last visit it was good to be on the smaller pitch, against the right standard team!

Having won 75 per cent of tosses last season, normal service was resumed as captain Jonathan Lederman lost the toss and LMV were asked to bat.

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MAL show great promise

May 5, 2009

MAL warmed up for the Maccabi League season with an encouraging draw against a determined Highgate side.

Skipper Gavriel Lebens won the toss and elected to bat on a hard-looking wicket, with a nice flat outfield.

Openers Mark Landau and Russ Corin, on a rare return from Israel, took the score to 37 before Corin tried one big shot too many and was caught at mid-on for a hard-hitting 27.

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