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.


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.


Maccabi referee was 'unlawfully killed;'

By Marcus Dysch, November 26, 2009

A pensioner who was hit by a van as he crossed a road after enjoying a night out with his wife and friends was unlawfully killed, a coroner has ruled.

Jack Reuben died 48 hours after the collision in north London in July 2007.

The 78-year-old was vice-president of London Maccabi Vale cricket club for almost 50 years, and had served as a football referee in the Maccabi Southern Football League.

Mr Reuben and his wife Anita, who were members of Edgware Synagogue, were hit while crossing Whetstone High Road after leaving a restaurant.


Top Northern Jewish Cricket League award shared

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2009

Simon Williams and Akiva Lieberman are the joint winners of the Northern Jewish Cricket League’s Senior Player of the Year.

The top junior award went to Andrew Williams.

The accolades were presented at the league’s AGM where chairman Jonny Wineberg, the Vice-President of the Jewish Representative Council, stepped down after four years. Steven Glicher, the co-captain of South Manchester Jewish, is the league’s new chairman.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.