Danny Caro

BECC 1sts well beaten

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2010

Belmont & Edgware 1st were unable to build on last week’s memorable cup victory as MAL ran out victors by eight wickets to confirm promotion from Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

The match started rather more successfully than it ended for BECC who were decimated by injury and lack of availability. Captain Ashley Connick won the toss, a rare occurrence in recent months. Although wanting to bowl, having only seven players at the designated start time necessitated a bat.

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BECC 2nd edged out

By Danny Caro, August 17, 2010

BECC 2nd XI had an interesting fixture against a team captained by none other than BECC's very own Steven Altmann-Richer.

Although he soon departed, for a low score, Crossed-Keys CC amassed 167-7 in their 30 overs.

Particular mention must go to Jack Mendel and Ben Tilley, both of whom bowled brilliantly, with each being rewarded with a brace of wickets. Goldman, Jeffries and Horowitz each chipped in with a wicket, with all the bowlers being well-supported in the field with some good catches, particularly by Jacobs and Goldman.

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Newlands & Northwood cruise past Chigwell & Hainault

By Danny Caro, August 16, 2010

Newlands and Northwood beat Chigwell and Hainault by 71 runs in a friendly.

The match was played in fair weather conditions and whilst the sky was generally cloudy, particularly throughout Chigwell’s innings, rain was never going to be a factor. The strip itself, and much of the outfield, was dry and dusty and variable bounce was certainly a factor throughout the day.

Newlands accumulated runs steadily throughout their innings with most of their batsmen chipping in. Old campaigner Benny Wolpe, a guest player for Chigwell the previous week, top-scored with 43.

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MAL clinch promotion

By Danny Caro, August 16, 2010

MAL clinched promotion to Division Two of the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League with a clinical display against Belmont & Edgware 1sts.

With the pitch at Camdenians looking green and damp, it was somewhat surprising that BECC skipper Ashley Connick elected to bat on winning the toss. He and fellow opener Alex Goodman played steadily enough before Mark Landau trapped Connick LBW in front with an inswinger.

Josh Burke picked up the second wicket - having bowled some hostile stuff at both batsmen he produced a snorter that clipped the top of Averbuch's off stump.

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Premiership underway and Jewish players ready to shine

By Danny Caro, August 12, 2010

The Football League got under way last weekend - and tomorrow it's the turn of the Premiership. While Manchester City have continued their spending spree, it's time to look at some of the key Jewish players on and off the pitch.

Where better place to start with than defending champions Chelsea. It's fair to say that they would not be where they are today without the funds of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who according to a recent list compiled by The Sunday Times, is the second richest man in the country. The oil and industry magnate is rumoured to be worth £7.4 billion.

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MAL and Vale 2nd battle for final spot

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2010

Four becomes two on Sunday as South Manchester Maccabi, Belmont & Edgware, MAL and London Maccabi Vale 2nd battle it out for a place in the final of the Maccabi National Knockout Cup.

The north-south semi-final between South and BECC looks set to be a battle between the South bowlers and the BECC batters. With home advantage, South skipper Steven Glicher is looking forward to releasing his attacking trio of Akiva Lieberman, Avrom Topperman and David Glick, who between them have played a big part in South winning the NJCL league and T20 double.

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Lions manager cautious about chances

By Danny Caro, August 5, 2010

Having lifted the Herts Senior County League Premier Division title, London Lions go into known territory when they travel to Bedford for their first ever match in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One tomorrow.

Unlike last season, preparations have not been hampered by the Maccabiah Games although manager Tony Gold remains cautious about their chances.

Having relocated to Broxbourne Borough V&E FC, it is clear that the Lions will have to up the ante. They lost only two games last season on their way to pipping Wormley Rovers at the post.

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Europa League round-up

By Danny Caro, July 30, 2010

A first half strike from Vladimer Dvalishvili steered Maccabi Haifa past Dinamo Minsk in the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Maccabi Tel Aviv scored a crucial away goal in a 2-1 defeat against Olympiacos.

Haris Medunjanin gave the Israelis a shock 18th minute lead but the Greeks struck back with goals midway through the second half from Dennis Rommedahl and sub Jaouad Zairi turnings things around.

Both return legs are on August 5.

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Landau treated like a Lord for the day

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Mark Landau had the experience of a lifetime after helping the Lord's Taverners celebrate 60 years on the main square at Lord's.

The MAL vice-captain was originally due to take part in the Hit for 60 event that was postponed due to a sponsorship shortfall.

Landau, 31, raised £500 to take part in a Diamond Jubilee eight-a-side competition.

Changing in the visitors' dressing room, Landau's team, Taverners Talent, were joined by Vince Wells, the former England and Kent batsman, and Chris White, the highly-regarded rugby referee.

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Rules are rules - according to the MSFL's super-clubs

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

I have a great deal of sympathy for the single-team clubs who tried but ultimately failed to change a rule that clearly favours the JC MSFL big boys.

Neal Cohen, manager of Zig Zag, has long been campaigning to ensure that clubs with more than one team do not have an advantage by dropping down some of their top players during the course of the season.

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Southgate strikes it rich

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

football The format for JC MSFL season 2010/11 was confirmed at the league AGM.

Following a restructuring of the league, Southgate Harmen A accepted a League Management Committee invitation to play in Premier Division for the first time. Hendon United B requested relegation into Division One. FC Team A and Chigwell Athletic moved into Division One, while Montana Boca United B, L'Equipe and Hendon C go into Division Two.

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Celtic confirm Kayal signing

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Celtic have unveiled Israeli Biram Kayal as their latest signing.

As we reported last Friday, the 22-year-old holding midfield joined on a four-year deal, subject to completion of final paperwork.

The midfielder becomes Neil Lennon's seventh signing of the close season, joining Efrain Juarez, Charlie Mulgrew, Cha Du-Ri, Joe Ledley, Daryl Murphy and Gary Hooper at Celtic Park.

He has already gained 13 caps for Israel.

Full details and interview in this week’s JC.

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Fergie defends the Glazers

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has come to the defence of the Glazer family, insisting criticism of the club owners is unfair.

The Americans, who took full control of United in 2005, are unpopular with a large section of the Old Trafford faithful despite United being the number one football club in the world on the Forbes Rich List with an estimated value of £1.18billion. However, the debt is over £700million.

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Hapoel pays the penalty in Champions League first leg

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv must overturn a one-goal deficit in Israel next Tuesday if they are to keep alive their hopes of reaching the group stages of the Champions League.

A second half penalty from Aktobe skipper Samat Smakov gave the hosts a narrow advantage from Wednesday’s third qualifying first leg in Kazakhstan.

The Israeli champions featured keeper Vincent Enyeama, who represented Nigeria at last month's World Cup, while Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker who recently joined on a 12-month loan from Espanyol, came on in the second half.

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Manchester Maccabi in pre-season opener

By Danny Caro, July 28, 2010

A Manchester Maccabi Select XI started their pre-season programme against semi-pro outfit Flixton at Brooklands.

In a game broken into three periods of 30 minutes, Flixton featured 14 members of their 18-man squad along with several trialists.

The first period finished 1-1 with Maccabi’s Marc Woolfe exchanging goals with Flixton’s Jed Williams. Flixton went on to win the second and third period by 1-0 scorelines.

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Belmont & Edgware edged out by Chelsea

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

Belmont & Edgware fell narrowly short of beating Kensington & Chelsea in the Middlesex League on Sunday.

After being asked to field, BECC restricted the Kensington batsmen early on, before the run rate climbed after the halfway point. Gideon Restan bowled brilliantly and took four wickets for the second week in a row, before breaking his finger taking his second catch of the day.

Oli Simons, on his return to BECC action for the first time since 2008, and Ashley Connick each picked up three wickets, whilst Ami Wynbourne and Neil Myeroff bowled well for no reward.

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South Manchester Maccabi retain NJCL title

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

South Manchester Maccabi retained the NJCL crown for the third consecutive season after easing to a nine-wicket victory in the title-decider against Manchester Maccabi.

Put in to bat, Maccabi had no answer to the pace of Akiva Lieberman (3-11) and the guile of David Glick (4-13).

Wickets fell regularly with only Avi Barr (15) putting up any resistance. Lieberman capped an excellent performance with a stunning full-length diving catch to dismiss Doyle.

Maccabi were dismissed for 39 as Jonny Lieberman (2-2) and Avrom Topperman wrapped up the innings.

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Vale 2nd dent MAL’s promotion hopes

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 2nd dented MAL’s promotion hopes with a seven-wicket victory in Middlesex Sunday League Division Three.

The result saw MAL suffer only their second league defeat of the season but in truth Vale were the better side throughout, and cruised to victory with more than 10 overs remaining.

Vale skipper Jon Lederman won the toss and asked MAL to bat. The pitch proved to be very two-paced with the ball not coming on to the bat and the batsmen struggling to time the ball.

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Chigwell & Hainault surprise Belmont & Edgware

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2010

Chigwell & Hainault Synagogue claimed a 69-run victory over Belmont & Edgware 2nd.

A makeshift Chigwell side, consisting of three Newlands players, two young debutants and former regular Benjy Myers on holiday from his new home in Dallas, Texas managed to defy the odds and pick up a comprehensive win against a Belmont who themselves featured a number of youngsters at Parmiter’s School.

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Mixed fortunes for Israeli clubs in Europa League

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Maccabi Tel Aviv will Olympiakos in the third round qualifying round of the Europa League.

They squeezed through 3-2 on aggregate despite suffering a 2-1 defeat against Mogren on Thursday night.

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Haris Medunjanin claimed a crucial away goal for Maccabi, finding the net in the seventh minute and although a second half double from captain Vladimir Gluscevic have Mogren a win on the night, it was Maccabi who went through.

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