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.


Cricket: latest results

By Danny Caro, August 25, 2009

Captain Adam Brand blasted his troops after "an inept batting performance" left London Maccabi Vale 1sts' hopes of avoiding relegation hanging by a thread.

Standing in for Jerome Colmans, Brand (5-18) helped dismiss basement battlers West Harrow for 165.
Paul Durban (61) was the only LMV batsman to come away with an credit as they lost by 30 runs, the team's third consecutive Middlesex Sunday League defeat.


Old Parkonians defeat MAL

By Mark Landau, August 24, 2009

MAL suffered a second consecutive defeat as a severely weakened team took on Old Parkonians in Ilford.

Three debutantes again showed that there is depth out there, but it wasn't to be on a hard batting track with lightning-quick outfield.

MAL skipper Mark Landau won the toss and inserted the opposition, who came out in positive mood from the off, though surviving the odd scare.


Belmont fall short as relegation door opens

August 20, 2009

Belmont & Edgware (204) were beaten by one run in a nail-biter against Wycombe House (202-2). With a number of key players missing, a team containing three members of the GB Junior Maccabiah team took to the field for the Middlesex Sunday League Division Two clash.

Tight spells from Jonny Feigenbaum, Stuart Davis and Neil Myeroff restricted Wycombe House to 58-1 at the halfway point but they were let off the hook by several dropped catches and poor fielding.


NJCL round-up

By Zevi Saunders, August 17, 2009

Champions South Manchester Maccabi beat Bury & Whitefield by three wickets as the Northern Jewish Cricket League season drew to a close.

Bury (122) never got going as South, who used nine bowlers, shared the wickets around. Veteran Harry Rosenblum picked up 2 as did Akiva Lieberman.

The South reply got off to a terrible start losing four wickets with 58 on the board. Wickets continued to tumble around Elliot Shiers (25) as South plummeted to 63-7.


MAL suffer rare defeat

By Mark Landau, August 17, 2009

MAL suffered only their fourth defeat of the season, with a severely weakened side soundly beaten by a strong Octopus CC.

Featuring five debutants, MAL’s total of 142 saw only three players reached double figures, though good fight was shown throughout the order, particularly given that there were two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old in the line up.


Colts see LMV 2nd home

By Jonathan Lederman, August 17, 2009

Lower order batsmen Andrew Greenwall Cohen and Gideon Gale maintained London Maccabi Vale 2nd’s Middlesex Sunday League Division Three status with a gripping two-wicket win over West Middlesex.

Skipper Jonathan Lederman won an incredible 11th toss out of 12 this season, and duly inserting West Middx, in the knowledge that LMV had a lizard's tail (twice as long as it's body apparently).


Cricket round-up

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

A half century from Jerome Roith helped Casual Nomads beat Thespian Thunders by 74 runs.

Roith (54) and captain Richard Ferrer (44) were the mainstays of the Nomads innings which ended on 171.

The father and son team of Andy (3-12) and Nick Landesberg (3-20) kept TT on the back foot as they were dismissed for 91.

Ferrer said: “We looked 30 runs light at tea but some fabulous bowling - particularly from Andy Landesberg (3-12) and his son Nick who took five between them - saw us home with plenty to spare.”


BECC beaten in nail-biter

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2009

Belmont & Edgware were beaten by one run in a nail-biter against Wycombe House.

With a number of key players missing for BECC, a team containing three members of the GB Junior Maccabiah team took to the field.

Jonny Feigenbaum and Stuart Davis opened the bowling as they have done many times in the past. he bowling was tight and runs hard to obtain.

Due to a minor injury, Jon Evans was brought into the attack early and once stand-in keeper Michael Blasebalk stood up to the wicket runs dried up and the first wicket fell.


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.