Cricket

London Maccabi Vale launch three-year plan

November 23, 2009

London Maccabi Vale have unveiled an ambitious three-year plan participating in the proposed redevelopment of its Rowley Lane ground that features new outdoor nets.

The blueprint was presented at the club’s AGM where Adam Brand was appointed first team captain.

Brand, 38, was appointed at the club’s AGM where he won the club’s Player of the Year.

Aviel Schwarz claimed the Most Improved Player award with Maccabiah starlet Joseph Greenwall-Cohen taking the top colt accolade. Jonathan Lederman received the Alan Shapiro Award for services to the club.

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Cricket: Israel clinch Euro promotion

By Danny Caro, October 12, 2009

Israel regained Division Two after beating Croatia by six wickets in a European playoff in Zagreb.

Captained by Herschel Gutman, the Division Three champions won the toss and elected to bowl after the start had been delayed due to wet conditions, and the game reduced to 36 overs.

Opening bowlers Eliezer Samson and David Massil kept things tight, and after 15 overs the Croatians were struggling to keep the scoreboard ticking, going along at just over one-run an over.

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MAL earn second Sunday League title

September 17, 2009

MAL retained the Maccabi Sunday League title with a 41-run victory over former winners Casual Nomads at Shenley.

A half-century from Maccabiah star Yoav Lebens steered MAL past the 200-mark in a game they started badly after Simon Renshaw (6-18) sending Tali Rowe and Jamie Breslaw back to the pavilion with the score on 10.

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MAL take Sunday League title

By Danny Caro, September 15, 2009

MAL wrapped up the Maccabi Sunday League title with a 41-run victory against Casual Nomads on the main square at Shenley.

On a fabulous deck, Gav Lebens won the toss and chose to bat. MAL were quickly 10-2 as first Tali Rowe and then Jamie Breslaw fell cheaply to Simon Renshaw.

A partnership of 30 between Mark Landau and Yoav Lebens steadied things a little before Landau also fell to Renshaw, for 17.

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Southgate frustrated

September 9, 2009

Southgate & Belmont & Edgware 2nd played out a draw in the Maccabi Sunday League. Needing two to win off the last ball, Southgate’s sixth wicket pair scampered a single to leave the sides level on 215. Clive Hart (75) and Ashley Smokler (69) were the star men of the Southgate innings. Stephen Altmann-Richer (45), Warren Averbuch (37) and Harvey Samuels (37) impressed for BECC.

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Europe bowled over in maiden Israel win

September 9, 2009

Israel are the European Division Three champions after a dramatic last day in Spain when the hosts collapsed to defeat.

A Spain victory over Isle of Man at Sporting Alfas would have given them the championship but, after bowling out the IOM for 211, they were dismissed for 111.

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Maccabi Sunday League cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, September 9, 2009

Southgate & Belmont & Edgware 2nd played out a draw in the Maccabi Sunday League. Needing two to win off the last ball, Southgate’s sixth wicket pair scampered a single to leave the sides level on 215. Clive Hart (75) and Ashley Smokler (69) were the star men of the Southgate innings. Stephen Altmann-Richer (45), Warren Averbuch (37) and Harvey Samuels (37) impressed for BECC.

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Lions hit Wood for six

September 7, 2009

London Maccabi Lions showed great resilience to to secure a 6-3 away win in the first qualifying group for to 2009/10 campaign.

The Lions started strongly and some great passing and moving, which was a feature of the whole performance, secured an early goal as Alex Randall picked up the ball in midfield from a Benjy Cowan pass and fired home low and hard into the far corner.

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Israel win Euro cricket crown

By Danny Caro, September 7, 2009

Israel are the European Division Three champions after a dramatic last day in Spain when the hosts collapsed to defeat.

A Spain victory over Isle of Man at Sporting Alfas would have given them the championship but, after bowling out the Manxmen for 211, they were dismissed for 111. It could not have worked out any better for Israel.

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Forget the Ashes, it’s our game that’s dying a slow death

By Danny Caro, August 27, 2009

While the rest of nation is basking in Ashes glory, spare a thought for the Jewish game which is fast dying a death. London Maccabi Vale has, like so many other clubs, been hard-hit by poor availability, with the Maccabiah Games affecting their early season plans.

Sunday’s defeat against West Harrow was the lowest that many at the club have felt for some time. Although the club has a thriving colts section, I sincerely hope that there remains a platform for them to show the quality within Jewish sport for years to come.

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