Cricket

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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Maccabi Vale will face Beaconsfield

March 11, 2010

London Maccabi Vale have been drawn away to Beaconsfield in the first round on May 2.

The Middlesex Sunday League team are running pre-season nets at Queens School in Watford from March 9 until April 27. For details email Adam Brand at abrand@firstunion.co.uk

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Israel Cricket wins development award

March 2, 2010

The Israel Cricket Association has won the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards 2009 in the Spirit of Cricket category for their Cross Border Cricket project.

The project, the brainchild of ICA youth coach George Sheader, has been running for over 12 months, introducing young players in Bedouin towns in the Negev desert to the game, and then focusing on facilitating interaction between the Arabic-speaking Bedouin children and Hebrew-speaking Jewish children from other areas across Israel in which cricket cricket is coached through enjoying combined cricket acitivities together.

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Israel wins ICC award

January 28, 2010

The Israel Cricket Assov ciation has won the Spirit of Cricket Award at the Pepsi ICC Development Programme Annual Awards.

The ICA’s Cross Border Cricket Programme has introduced cricket as a means of bringing together Jewish and Bedouin children in the Negev Desert to promote co-existence and tolerance amongst those caught up in the Israel-Arab conflict.

ICA chairman Stanley Perlman said: “We are so proud of our achievement. We want to show the world how Jewish and Bedouins get on through the medium of cricket. Be positive think positive and things will happen.”

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Maccabi champions MAL join Middlesex League

By Danny Caro, December 8, 2009

Maccabi champions MAL have pulled out of the Sunday League to join the Middlesex Sunday League.

They join London Maccabi Vale and Belmont & Edgware in the non-Jewish competition.

MAL's Mark Landau said: "The decision to leave the Maccabi League was not taken lightly, but was done with the intention of providing our members with the most competitive cricket that we can in order to continue our development.

Like LMV and BECC, they have agreed to keep supporting the Jewish game and will enter teams in the Maccabi T20, revamped Stuart Neils Cup and Indoor six-a-side tournament.

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Cricket superclub proposal rocks Maccabi AGM

November 26, 2009

Radical plans to safeguard the future of Jewish cricket in London have been greeted with caution by Maccabi League clubs.

The key initiative is the formation of a Club of Excellence which would see players cherry-picked from existing league clubs to form a superclub.

The idea, instigated by Michael Ziff, Great Britain cricket chairman for the 2013 Maccabiah Games, would also see players targeted and coached for the 19th Jewish Olympics.

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