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Belmont fall short as relegation door opens

August 20, 2009

Belmont & Edgware (204) were beaten by one run in a nail-biter against Wycombe House (202-2). With a number of key players missing, a team containing three members of the GB Junior Maccabiah team took to the field for the Middlesex Sunday League Division Two clash.

Tight spells from Jonny Feigenbaum, Stuart Davis and Neil Myeroff restricted Wycombe House to 58-1 at the halfway point but they were let off the hook by several dropped catches and poor fielding.


Tennis star Obziler retires

August 20, 2009

Tzipi Obziler has left the door open to represent Israel at future Federation Cup matches after announcing her retirement.

After bringing to an end a remarkable career which began some 21 years ago, Obziler, 36, said: “If captain Lior Mor decides he wants me on the team and I see that I’m physically capable of playing, then of course I wouldn’t refuse.”

Andy Ram and Max Mirnyi were beaten by Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles in the final Rogers Cup in Montreal. The Israeli/Belarusian duo had beaten top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan in the semis.


Manchester golf team clubs together

August 20, 2009

Whitefield won the Coombe Hill Trophy for the best team aggregate gross at the Seniors Trophy, held at Edmonstown Golf Club in Dublin.

Hosted by the Association of Jewish Golf Clubs and Societies, the tournament featured teams of six for players aged 55 and over.

The Manchester club’s victory in the major prize saw them pip Moor Allerton to the post, and forced them to settle for the Potters Bar Trophy. Dyrham Park won The North East Trophy for the best team aggregate net.


London Lions victory to begin new season

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2009


London Lions got the new season under way with a firm and tidy performance to beat Sandridge Rovers in the Herts Senior County League Premier Division.

Victory came courtesy of goals from defender Guy Morris, last season’s top-scorer Adam Stolerman and debutant, supersub Daniel Levenfiche.

Lions manager Tony Gold said: “I’m delighted. It is always nice to win your first game of any season.


Olympic call-up for boxer Laura Saperstein

August 20, 2009

Laura Saperstein believes that the decision to allow women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics will give the sport a major boost.

Saperstein, 37, is not allowed to compete at the London Games as she is a professional but she hopes to play a leading role behind the microphone as a commentator.

“It will bring a lot of attention to the sport,” Saperstein said. “I’m pretty sure that if I was in line then I’d be going so I’m slightly rueful of the timing.

“There is no doubt in my mind that this will change attitudes about women’s boxing 100 per cent.


Israeli striker Barda in Premiership move

By Simon Griver, August 20, 2009

Israel striker Elyaniv Barda will be a Premiership player by the end of the month, the JC understands.

Barda enhanced his chances of a big money move with a goal in last week’s friendly against Northern Ireland, his fifth for Israel in 16 international appearances.

His Israeli agent is confident of clinching a move before the transfer window closes. Speaking from his Antwerp office, David Koren said: “I’d say the chances of Elyaniv moving to England in the coming days are 70-30 in favour.


Haifa beat Salzburg in Champions League

By Danny Caro, August 20, 2009

A late strike from supersub Shlomi Arbeitman helped Maccabi Haifa take a huge step towards the group stage of the Champions League after they beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Playing on an artificial pitch in Austria, the visitors made a dream start to the play-off round first leg when Israeli Under 21 star Mohammed Gadir headed home.

Salzburg, who have won three out of their first four matches in the Austrian Bundesliga, gradually fought their way back into the contest with Alexander Zickler levelling on 57 minutes, then squandered a host of half-chances.


NJCL round-up

By Zevi Saunders, August 17, 2009

Champions South Manchester Maccabi beat Bury & Whitefield by three wickets as the Northern Jewish Cricket League season drew to a close.

Bury (122) never got going as South, who used nine bowlers, shared the wickets around. Veteran Harry Rosenblum picked up 2 as did Akiva Lieberman.

The South reply got off to a terrible start losing four wickets with 58 on the board. Wickets continued to tumble around Elliot Shiers (25) as South plummeted to 63-7.


MAL suffer rare defeat

By Mark Landau, August 17, 2009

MAL suffered only their fourth defeat of the season, with a severely weakened side soundly beaten by a strong Octopus CC.

Featuring five debutants, MAL’s total of 142 saw only three players reached double figures, though good fight was shown throughout the order, particularly given that there were two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old in the line up.


Colts see LMV 2nd home

By Jonathan Lederman, August 17, 2009

Lower order batsmen Andrew Greenwall Cohen and Gideon Gale maintained London Maccabi Vale 2nd’s Middlesex Sunday League Division Three status with a gripping two-wicket win over West Middlesex.

Skipper Jonathan Lederman won an incredible 11th toss out of 12 this season, and duly inserting West Middx, in the knowledge that LMV had a lizard's tail (twice as long as it's body apparently).