Cricket

Controversy good for football

By Martin Samuel, September 7, 2010

There was a very good reason why the Football Association decided Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, had no case to answer in his criticism of Stoke City's "rugby" tactics.

He is 61 next month, has been a football manager for 29 years and has earned the right to say what he damn well likes.

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MAL maintain winning habit

By Danny Caro, September 6, 2010

MAL celebrated winning the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League Division 3 title with a friendly victory against Grimsdyke CC at Old Camdenians.

Grimsdyke won the toss and chose to bat on a typically firm looking wicket. The openers survived well against some good swing bowling from Yoav Lebens and Mark Landau, managing to 'guide' a few edges to the third man area along the way. It took a bit of good fortune to break the partnership, Oram striking firmly down the ground only to see Lebens deflect the ball onto the stumps in his follow through to run out Sulieman for 23.

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Five-star Lederman inspires LMV to cup success

By Danny Caro, September 6, 2010

A man-of-the-match display from wonder kid Benjamin Lederman enabled London Maccabi Vale 2nd to clinch the Maccabi National Knockout Cup after beating Belmont & Edgware 1st by 53 runs at the Walker Ground in Southgate.

Standing in for regular skipper Jonathan Lederman, LMV's Adam Brand won the toss and elected to bat on one of the wickets used by Middlesex CCC.

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Maccabi National Cricket Cup final preview

By Danny Caro, September 3, 2010

The Walker Ground in Southgate is the setting for this year's Maccabi Cricket National Knockout Cup final featuring Belmont & Edgware 1st and London Maccabi Vale 2nd.

The clash pits together the Middlesex Sunday League rivals who came through their respective semi-finals in contrasting style.

BECC managed to defend a total of under 100 in a pulsating affair. A top-score of 47 from Oli Simons got them out of jail in the face of impressive bowling from South's Mike Filson and Daniel Paul. Excellent displays from left-arm seamer Stuart Davis and spinner Richie Wienburg sealed victory.

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Ra'anana win junior cricket title

September 2, 2010

Ra'anana clinched the Israeli Under 19 title with convincing win over Ashdod/Lod.

Star batsmen Itamar Kehimkar played some majestic shots to reach 50. But with partners and overs running out, he played one shot too many and was caught magnificently on the boundary by fellow Israel senior player Josh Evans. Kehimkar was ably supported by Ashdod/Lod captain Yossi Ochayon who chipped in with a patient 31 and shared in an 80-run partnership with Itamar. Josh Foley-Comer, Gil Nojman and Rafi Schachat took two wickets a piece.

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MAL seal Middlesex League success in first season

By Danny Caro, August 31, 2010

MAL were crowned champions of the Middlesex Sunday League Division Three with a 65-run victory over Kensington & Chelsea.

Having joined the league over the winter, their success was confirmed when leaders Harrow St. Mary's match was abandoned, thus allowing MAL to edge home with a superior run rate.

With the opposition having failed to reserve their normal pitch there was a little initial confusion as to whether the game would go ahead, before a pitch was found.

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Salford second after taking on Manchester Maccabi

August 26, 2010

Salford clinched the runners-up spot in the NJCL by the narrowest of margins after beating Manchester Maccabi.

A low-scoring contest saw Salford run out victors by 40 runs. They claimed 18 points to Maccabi's seven.

Batting first, Salford posted 146-8. Maccabi were skittled for 106.

The day's other match saw Leeds beat Bury & Whitefield by 10 wickets.

Leeds put Bury into bat on a damp slow wicket and were made to work for their wickets.

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LMV 2nd edged out by Crouch End

By Danny Caro, August 24, 2010

London Maccabi Vale were beaten by 10 runs by Crouch End in a friendly.

Following heavy overnight rain the Crouch End wicket was hard but a little damp and LMV captain Jonathan Lederman had no hesitation in deciding to bowl first on winning the toss.

Excellent opening spells from both Simon Renshaw and Jonathan Freedman, who also managed to nip out a couple of batsmen, immediately put Crouch End on the back foot.

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Cricket Scoreboard

August 24, 2010

NJCL

Salford 146-8

Maccabi 106

Salford won by 40 runs

Salford 18 Maccabi 7 points

Bury 94 Daniel Goldsbrough 3-5 E Goldstone 3-30

Leeds 95 for 0 Simon Williams 50 not out, Daniel Goldsbrough 39 not out

Leeds won by 10 wickets

Leeds 23, Bury 2 points

REP MATCH

NJCL 112-9

Ladybridge 100

NJCL won by 12 runs

TWENTY20

NJCL 134-4 Akiva Lieberman 53 not out, Natan Fagleman 25

Styal 97-6

NJCL won by 37 runs

FRIENDLIES

Octopus 142 Josh Begner 3-22

MAL 118

MAL lost by 24 runs

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MAL beaten by Octopus

By Danny Caro, August 24, 2010

Newly promoted Middlesex Sunday League Division Three outfit MAL were beaten by 24 runs in a friendly against Octopus in Highgate.

Skipper Gav Lebens won the toss and chose to field, with the outfield long and the pitch a little damp. Michael Klinger and Mark Lazar bowled well with the new ball, Lazar picking up a wicket with his first ball, a fine caught and bowled to dismiss Lamplough.

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