Cricket

Israel opts for youth

August 13, 2009

Israel have dropped all-rounder Isaac Massil for the European Championships Division Three clash against Spain.

A stalwart of the national team, who won bronze at the Maccabiah Games last month, Massil has been omitted to give opportunities to younger players.

Captain and coached by Herschel Gutman, Israel have named their youngest-ever squad. All-rounder Gabi Schachat, player of the tournament at last year’s ECC Under 17 Championships, as well as Maccabiah starlet Nir Dokarker have been included in the senior squad for the first time.

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Player profile: Michael Ziff

August 13, 2009

Age: 56 (just)
Lives: Leeds/London
Occupation: Retailer
Team supported: Yorkshire
Role: Bowler
Nickname: Ziffy
Previous clubs: Casual Nomads and New Rover, Leeds
Status: Married to Debby with three boys — Sam, Henry, Alex
Likes: Leeds United, commitment, passion and determination, visiting Israel
Dislikes: Arsenal, Chelsea, laziness and untidiness
Cricket hero: Fred Trueman
Favourite ground: to play: Headingley, to watch: Lords
Favourite kosher restaurant: Reubens

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Salford and South Manchester reach Twenty20 final

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Salford will meet South Manchester Maccabi in the NJCL Twenty20 final after the teams came through their semi-finals in contrasting style.

Salford overcame Manchester Maccabi by 25 runs. The team’s depleted ranks were bolstered by some newly transferred faces from Sedgley and after winning the toss, captain Daniel Paul elected to bat on a dry, flat looking pitch.

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MAL take it to the max

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Defending champions MAL picked up maximum points after claiming an easy win over Chigwell.

With bonus points almost as crucial as a win in this Maccabi Sunday League clash, Chigwell won the toss and elected to bat.

Given the amount of rain during the week it was no surprise that the outfield felt heavy, but the pitch was dry and hard.

Yoav Lebens and Tony Wise bowled well with the new ball, picking up two wickets each within the first nine overs, to leave Chigwell 28-4 and struggling.

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BECC toppled by Olympians

By Michael Blasebalk, August 5, 2009

A good all-round display from Jon Evans was not enough as Belmont & Edgware were defeated by 40 runs in their latest Middlesex Sunday League clash.

Evans claimed 4-29 with the ball as Bharat Olympians posted 194-8. Having won the toss, the Olympians were initially restricted by Maccabiah bowler Saul Weitzman and Gideon Restan (1-16).

The brakes were kept on when Wienburg (1-24) and Neil Myeroff took over. At 66-2 off 20 overs, it looked like Belmont were definitely in the driving seat.

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Brave LMV colts defeated

By Jonathan Lederman, August 3, 2009

A young London Maccabi Vale 2nd team put in a determined display as they were beaten by 70 runs against Middlesex Sunday League Division Three leaders SKLP

With seven teenagers in the team, six of them under 15, this was always going to be a challenge against the top-of-the-table side.

Winning the toss for a the 10th time in 11 attempts this season, LMV elected to field first.

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MAL maintain winning formula

By Danny Caro, August 3, 2009

Sunday saw a 10th win in 12 matches for MAL, as they took on GWR Trailfinders in a friendly in West Ealing.

Having been inserted, on a good-looking track and with the weather set fair, MAL looked to set a good total.

At the end of the 11th over with the score on 70-1, with Matt Shorts and Mark Landau going well, a total of upwards of 250 looked on the cards.

Both fell in quick succession, for 37 and 20, to leave MAL at 75-3. Jamie Breslaw and Yitzi Hill stabilised things with an enterprising stand of 53 in 11 overs before Hill was stumped for 22.

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South march into Twenty20 semis

By Zevi Saunders, August 3, 2009

South Manchester stormed into the semi-finals of the NJCL Twenty20 with a 168-run victory over an eight-man Bury & Whitefield.

The big-hitting Akiva Lieberman took eight balls to reach his retirement figure of 30, while Maccabiah rugby silver medalist Mike Filson took nine balls. South smashed 71 runs from the five powerplay overs.

Bury did well to restrict them to 192 as it looked like 250 was on the cards.

In reply, Bury notched up the required 10 runs an over of the first over but were eventually were bowled out for 34. Only Zevi Saunders (13) reached double figures.

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Lack of progress stumps Adam

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2009

Fresh from his match-winning knock that helped South Africa retain the open cricket title, Adam Bacher spoke of his disappointment about the dearth of Jewish players coming through at first-class level.

Bacher, 35, played the last of his 13 Test matches against Zimbabwe four years ago and winding down, he played for two more seasons for Cape Province, playing only one-day and Twenty20 cricket. His last professional game was against his old team in front of 23,000 spectators at the Wanderers.

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South retain NJCL title

By Zevi Saunders, July 28, 2009

South Manchester Maccabi retained the Northern Jewish Cricket League title after beating Leeds by eight wickets.

Victory leaves them on 188 points, 64 points clear of second place Bury with one match remaining.

Only four batsmen reached double figures as Leeds, who elected to bat, were dismissed for 103.

On a damp wicket, openers Sullivan (15) and Goldsborough (13) laid solid foundations with 25 on the board before the fall of the first wicket

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