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Majestic MAL wrap up Maccabi title

August 1, 2008

MAL secured the Barratts Maccabi Sunday League title with a three-wicket victory over Chigwell.

The evergreen Charlie Sherrard removed both Chigwell openers in his first spell. The first was caught at first slip by Yoav Lebens before he bowled Murray for 17. Brad Ormsby began to look dangerous with a few well-struck boundaries. However, with the field set back, he fell into the trap and was caught by Grant Traub for 25 off Yoni Schurder's bowling.


Bury stand in the way of South’s treble charge

August 1, 2008

South Manchester Maccabi will take on Bury in the NJCL final after both sides claimed victories in their respective semi-finals.

South kept alive their treble hopes with a hard fought victory over Manchester Maccabi. South's bowling was cleverly rotated by skipper Barry Price with Elliot Shiers (3-29), Jonny Lieberman, Harry Rosenblum and David Cohen keeping the run rate down and wickets tumbling. Anthony Gellman played a controlled innings of 38 before lofting a catch to Shiers as Manchester were dismissed for 118.


Abramovich and Grant: Friends reunited

By Simon Griver, August 1, 2008

Abramovich agrees £3.5m deal with Grant, who wants another English job


After receiving a £3.5 million golden handshake from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for just a few months work, we can reveal that Avram Grant is still determined to taste success in England.


Bees stung by Wingate supersub

By Danny Caro, August 1, 2008

An 86th minute strike from supersub Daniel Stanton earned Wingate & Finchley a 1-1 draw against League 2 Barnet on Tuesday night.

The Team GB midfielder joined the pre-season friendly action with 20 minutes left and drilled a first-time effort from the edge of the box into the bottom corner, past Lee Harrison in the Bees goal.Summer signing Michael Sacks and Craig Ellis were also in action.


Plein holding a pair of aces

By Craig Silver, August 1, 2008

Hitting a hole-in-one is a once-in-a-lifetime achievement for most players, but Finchley golfer Gary Plein has managed it twice in four days.

South African-born Plein, 47, took up the sport 13 years ago and has a handicap of 10. The financial planner hit the first ace at Dyrham Park, where he is a member, with a seven wood on the 14th hole.

Playing with clients, he saw his drive "curl beautifully in the air before going out of sight.


Ben Haim happy to become a City boy

By Simon Griver, July 31, 2008

Tal Ben Haim completed his move from Chelsea to Manchester City on Wednesday.

As revealed in June, the Israeli defender was tracked by the Eastlands club and finally signed a £5 million four-year contract worth more than £60,000-a-week, subject to securing a work permit.

Ben Haim becomes the second Israeli player to join the club following in the footsteps of the now-retired Eyal Berkovic.


Majestic MAL do the double

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2008

MAL secured the Barratts Maccabi Sunday League title with victory over Chigwell at Mill Hill on Sunday.

Chigwell won the toss and had no hesitation in deciding to bat. Charlie Sherrard removed both openers in his first spell the first caught at first slip by Yoav Lebens, before he had Murray clean bowled for 17. This brought Brad Ormsby to the crease who began to look dangerous with a few well struck fours. However he fell into the trap with the field set back and was caught by Grant Traub for 25 off Yoni Schurder's bowling.


Bury stand in the way of South's treble dream

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2008
Bury will meet South Manchester in the NJCL final after both sides claimed victories in their respective semi-finals.

Bury eased past holders Sedgley by seven wickets with 17 overs to spare. With a strong batting line up Sedgley duly elected to bat having won the toss. This seemed a good decision as they scored 14 of the first over but then the bubble burst. Josh Rose ripped out the top order with an excellent spell of left-arm bowling to finish with 4-23 off six overs. His final wicket an excellent delivery to clean up dangerman Shaya Rabinowits for a duck.


LMV 2nds come close

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2008

LMV 2nd suffered their second one-wicket defeat of the Middlesex Sunday League Division Two campaign when they were edged out by Southall.

They almost turned what looked like being a thrashing into an unlikely win at Rowley Lane. From the depths of 5-3 and 97-6, they made a respectable 167.

LMV won the toss and batted on a used pitch, no excuses could be made though as the top order collapsed leaving David Freedman and Simon Sattin to try and rebuild the innings. They managed to take the score to 97-5 before Freedy was tired out for a well swatted 31.


Jo Ankier fails Olympic bid

By Danny Caro, July 25, 2008

Ankier feels ‘cheated' as selectors tell her that she was four seconds too slow

Jo Ankier has spoken of her pain and devastation after missing out on selection for the Great Britain squad competing at next month's Beijing Games.

The 25-year-old from Edgware, Middlesex, was pipped to the post by Hattie Dean, who will team up with Helen Clitheroe and Barbara Parker in the Team GB 3,000 metres steeplechase squad.