Maccabi cricketer dies in US, aged 24

December 30, 2008

A well-known Maccabi cricketer has died from a leukaemia-related illness in New York at the age of 24.

Richard Ableson played for Belmont and Edgware Cricket Club until his move to America in 2007. The son of former BECC chairman Mark Ableson, the spin bowler and hard-hitting late middle order batsman made his first XI debut at the age of 14. He was described by current chairman Neil Myeroff as “the perfect club member, always on time and helping out with odd jobs. He was also fun off the field and his sense of humour was great for team spirit.”


Klinger set to revive Aussie Ashes bid

By Danny Caro, December 23, 2008

Tipped by legend Alan Border to make the national team 10 years ago, batsman Michael Klinger is on the verge of breaking into the Australia squad and could be called up for next summer’s Ashes series.

Nicknamed Max after M*A*S*H character Corporal Maxwell, Klinger’s inspired form has shot him from fringe state player to Test star in waiting. The former Under 19 national captain has timed his return to form to perfection.


GB athletes boosted by major deal

December 10, 2008

Maccabi GB has continued its preparations for next summer’s 18th Maccabiah Games by announcing a new and unprecedented partnership deal with Village Hotels worth in the region of a quarter of a million pounds.

The agreement will see Village Hotels offering complimentary membership of their state-of-the-art fitness clubs to each member of Team GB taking part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel in July 2009.


Weitzman honoured

By Craig Silver, December 10, 2008

Saul Weitzman is Belmont & Edgware’s player of the season.

Other winners were: Jeremy Freeman (2nd XI top player), Jack Mendel (top junior), Tony Allen (clubman of the season).

Richie Weinberg, 1st XI captain for the past five years, has stepped down. Michael Blasebalk will be taking over his position next season.
Cricketers interested in playing for BECC should contact Neil Myeroff on 07771 833874.

Benjamin Lederman is Radlett’s Under 13 Colt of the year while brother Neil won the top Under 21 player accolade for the third time in four years.


Big Macc squeezed on funds

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

There are fears that next year's Jewish Olympics could be scaled down as a result of the credit crunch.

The latest financial crisis engulfing July's Maccabiah Games revolves around the failure of the organisers to raise sufficient sponsorship funds due to the global recession.


Pretty in pink but causing a stink as the MSFL gets colourful

By Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

I can't believe what the world is coming to with pink shirts and boots becoming increasingly popular at all levels of the game. First, South Manx A wore the feminine-coloured tops. This was followed by the JC MSFL's answer to Arsenal striker Nicklaus Bendtner as East London Knights player-manager James Ryan and Glenthorne United B's Jason Silver recently invested in a pair of Nike Mercurial Vapor IVs.


Sport in brief

By Craig Silver, December 4, 2008

CRICKET Mark Blackston is the Northern Jewish League player of the season. The Bury & Whitefield all-rounder helped the team win the NJCL Cup. Huddy Lieberman received the young player award. David Cohen won the top player award in the Under 14 category.

CHESS Israel took silver, their first ever medal, after beating the Netherlands at the Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany.


Delight for Durban

By Danny Caro, November 27, 2008

Paul Durban is London Maccabi Vale's player of the year. The right-handed opening batsman was the club's top scorer with 477 runs, including four half centuries with a best of 92. He averaged 43.36 from 12 innings.

Neil Lederman was the top wicket-taker with 21 scalps.
Ben Lederman, who took 14 wickets, is the most improved player accolade while Andrew Daniels won the Alan Shapiro award for services to the club. Mark Spanjer was named colt of the season.
Jerome Colmans was elected 1st XI skipper, taking over from Jon Galloway who will be his vice.


Invincible MAL remain unbeaten to take the spoils

October 23, 2008

As the season draws to a close it is time to focus on the players and teams who caught the eye on the field of play.

MAL and South Manchester Maccabi had memorable campaigns, despite the bad weather doing its best to ruin the programme.

MAL won the Maccabi League treble after landing the Barratts Sunday League title, playoff trophy and Twenty20 competitions.

They went into the season unbeaten in all competitive cricket and have remained unbeaten in all Sunday cricket since June.


Pulpit crisis is solved by members

By Jay Grenby, October 17, 2008

Kingston United Synagogue congregants came to the rescue after the shul faced a Yom Kippur ministerial crisis.

The shul needed to fill the gap between the departure of Rabbi David Mason for the Muswell Hill pulpit at the end of August and the arrival of his successor, Rabbi Michael Rosenfield, in time for Succot.

With this in mind, the Kingston board had arranged a stand-in from Israel for Rosh Hashanah and Yom