Cricket

Can one club make us super?

By Danny Caro, April 29, 2010

The collapse of the Maccabi Sunday League has been on the cards for some time. The standard of the league has seen a rapid decline with the top teams and players having moved to the Middlesex Sunday League.

Players are dropping out for a variety of reasons with the key factors including work and family commitments for a sport that on average, cuts into a large chunk of the weekend.

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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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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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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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Jewish cricket season preview

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2010

London Maccabi Vale have won the first silverware of the season after retaining the Maccabi Indoor six-a-side Trophy in Canary Wharf.

Led by Team GB star Saul Weitzman, LMV won all four matches in the round robin tournament.

The outdoor cricket season starts in earnest on Sunday. Ahead of their CCC trip to Beaconsfield on May 2, LMV have secured a sponsorship deal with Bank Hapoalim Private Banking worth £2,000 for the current year.

1st XI captain Adam Brand will be looking to steer the Rowley Lane team back to the top tier of the Middlesex Sunday League.

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LMV retain indoor cricket title

By Danny Caro, April 19, 2010

London Maccabi Vale won the first piece of silverware of the season after retaining the Maccabi Indoor 6-a-side Trophy in convincing fashion in Canary Wharf.

Captained by Team GB star Saul Weitzman, LMV finished with a 100 per cent record, winning four matches in the round robin tournament.

On the eve of the competition, LMV were struggling to field a team but they named an eight-man squad with Richard Black, Aryeh Myers, Elliott Coulten, Jonathan Daniels, colt Jamie Leboff and the father and son team of Jon and Benji Lederman joining Weitzman.

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Jewish cricket season begins

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

The Jewish cricket season gets under way on Sunday as five teams battle it out in the Maccabi GB Indoor Six-a-side competition.

London Maccabi Vale, MAL, Southgate, BECC and Chigwell will contest an all-day tournament at the Play On Sports in Canary Wharf.

Competition organiser Mark Landau said: "It should be lots of fun for those taking part, and a good curtain raiser for the Jewish season, before the proper cricket starts."

The outdoor season features a four-team Maccabi League with Belmont & Edgware, Casual Nomads, Chigwell and Southgate participating.

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Field star of blind cricket series

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

Daniel Field was one of the star performers during England's series against blind cricket world champions Pakistan in Dubai.

The ground-breaking tour saw wicketkeeper Field, 21, participate in the first ever blind Twenty20 and and one-day international series, the last of which was the first of its kind to be played under floodlights.

Having recently returned home with a strained medial ligament, Field was on the field for the full 80 overs in back-to-back matches after acting as a runner to a teammate who hit two double centuries and a 94.

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The Yiddle in the middle

By Simon Rocker, April 1, 2010

As the cricket season approaches, it is time to tell of a little-known episode of Ashes history - the encounter between the demon bowler and the Jewish knight.

In 1932, England went out to Australia and regained the Ashes with a thumping 4-1 win against a team that included the incomparable Sir Donald Bradman. The English triumph resulted partly from a new tactic, short fast-pitched bowling aimed at the batsman's body - hence the name, the Bodyline Series, by which it became known.

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