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MAL claim first win

By Danny Caro, April 26, 2010

MAL picked up their first win of the 2010 season thanks largely to a clinical display with the bat against Walthamstow CC on Sunday.

Having lost the toss and been put in to bat, some slightly wayward early bowling helped them to reach 30 off five overs, before Avishai Kestenbaum was late on a pull and tope edged to the keeper for a slightly rusty 0. Yoav Lebens joined Mark Landau and the pair set about building a platform, putting on 79 together, with Landau reaching his half century before nicking Nathan Onojaife to slip for 51.

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Kastor finishes 18th at London Marathon

By Danny Caro, April 26, 2010

Deena Kastor finished 18th at the Virgin London Marathon. The 2006 winner had her preparations disrupted by the volanic ash travel backlog and overcame an arduous two-day journey from America via Paris.

The American marathon record holder crossed the line in 2:36:20, her slowest time for any marathon she had completed since taking up the event nine years ago.

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Feldman Trophy finalist are Oakhill and Haroldeans

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2010

Oakhill Lions and Haroldeans will contest the Feldman Trophy final after coming through their respective semi-finals in contrasting fashion.

The Lions mauled Broughton Park 8-0 with goals from Daniel Cohen (4), Jake Gilbert (3) and Alex Bloch.

A goal from Zach Goodman helped Haroldeans squeeze past Manchester Maccabi 3rd.

The final will be held at Oldham's Boundary Park on May 16.

In the league, Leeds J-New Uni added to Broughton woes with Oli Grant (5), Adam Jackson (3), Steve Garman and Simon Jackson contributing to a 10-1 win. Alex Patnik grabbed a consolation.

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South Manx win their cup final

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2010

South Manx completed a traumatic season in style as they beat last season's champions North West Neasden A 3-1 in the Premier Division.

On the verge of folding a month ago, a brace from Neasden old boy Jonny Haik plus one from Jamie Kent helped them finish the season in style against a side featuring old boys Max Shields, Elliot Stern and Ben Lampert.

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Team of the week: 22nd April 2010

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2010

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Brady Maccabi manager's Europe dash to make semi-final

By Danny Caro, April 22, 2010

It's amazing the lengths that some people will go to play a game of football.

Take Brady Maccabi Masters player-manager Daniel Collins for example. Stuck in France as a result of volcanic ash in Iceland, he drove more than 1,100 kilometres and spent 21 hours of solid travelling to get back to Hatfield for the cup semi-final against North London Raiders.

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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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Nomads pull out of Maccabi League

By Danny Caro, April 21, 2010

Update: Following Nomads' demise, it was confirmed that the Maccabi Sunday League will disband for season 2010.

Casual Nomads, the former Stuart Neils Cup winners, have pulled out of the Maccabi Sunday Cricket League.

The Nomads were expecting to be part of a four-team Maccabi League but their decision to pull out on the eve of the campaign has left the Jewish cricket season in crisis.

Outgoing captain Richard Ferrer said: “The writing has been on the wall for some time now. The final straw came when we realised that only three players were available for the first match.

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FC Team beaten in London Cup final

By Danny Caro, April 19, 2010

Manager Mitch Young admitted that the best side won after FC Team were beaten 3-0 by Flanders FC in the London FA Junior Cup final at Croydon Athletic.

Going into the game against the former competition winners, Young was ruing the volcanic ash disruption that left star striker Richard Salmon marooned in Milan.

In their first LFA cup final, FC Team of the Middlesex County League, started well with vice-captain Paul Kent rattling the bar in the first 20 minutes.

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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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Classy Lions win Anekstein Cup

By Danny Caro at Wingate & Finchley, April 19, 2010

First half strikes from Mike Pearson and Louis Basger helped London Maccabi Lions run out deserved winners as they wrestled the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup from Hendon United A at Wingate & Finchley.

Both sides were missing key players going into the game. For Lions, midfielder Ricky Kennet, matchwinner of the semi-final against Neasden A, failed to make the squad with a back injury forcing him out, while Hendon were missing key duo Alex Rosenthal and Josh Bentley, while Greg Corin was named on the bench, although on 70 per cent fit.

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Late controversy frustrates Lions' title challenge

By Danny Caro, April 16, 2010

London Lions had to a settle for a 2-2 draw after cruelly being denied victory against the Met Police who will admit that they got out of jail.

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Racing driver still winning... aged 75

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

He beat the legendary Sir Jackie Stewart - and now veteran driver Philip Barak is gearing up for his 54th year on the circuit.

An unlikely 75 years old, Mr Barak is believed to be the oldest competitive racing driver in the country.

Born in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, Mr Barak can be identified by the star of David he wears on his helmet and began an early love affair with engines.

Wryly, he recalls: "I was not a typical Jewish boy. I used to race motorcycles. My father [who made machines for amusement arcades] was very concerned."

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Goalposts cannot be shifted near end of season

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

Rules are rules, or so they say. Sometimes, I believe the common sense law is better applied. As I reported last week, Red Sea became the sixth Maccabi League team to fold this season. Having played less than 75 per cent of their games, the rules state that their results must be deleted. The timing of their demise could not have been any worse, with just over a month of the season remaining.

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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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Cyril Anekstein Cup final too close to call

By Danny Caro, April 15, 2010

It is almost impossible to call Sunday's JC Cyril Anekstein Cup final between London Maccabi Lions A and Hendon United A.

Both teams came through tough semi-finals against Premier Division opposition with the Lions edging out North West Neasden A, while Hendon overcame a resilient Faithfold A.

The clash at the Harry Abrahams Stadium, home of Wingate & Finchley, plays host to two of the most successful teams in recent MSFL history, both of whom can still win the treble.

Pace, power, passion and movement will be the key ingredients in a contest featuring two well-matched teams.

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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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Team of the week: 9th April 2010

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

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Wingate look to old boy Hakim for play-off inspiration

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Paul Hakim has boosted Wingate & Finchley's playoff push after joining the Ryman League Division One North outfit for the rest of the season.

The Team GB striker, who won Player of the Tournament at the Maccabiah Games last year, signed for St Albans City, Wingate and Maccabi League team Brady Maccabi, whom his father, Simon manages at the start of the season.

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Green shoots of recovery could be bad news for Hendon

By Danny Caro, April 8, 2010

Having correctly predicted that Lions A would beat Neasden A in the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup semi-final, I'm tipping Faithfold A to book their place in the April 18 final at Wingate & Finchley ahead of Sunday's meeting against holders Hendon United A.

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