Danny Caro

Israel well beaten by Guernsey at Euro Championships

By Danny Caro, July 14, 2010

Israel lost its second consecutive match at the European Division 2 Cricket Championships, going down by eight wickets to hosts Guernsey.

Following yesterday’s three-run defeat against Norway, a poor batting display saw Israel dismissed for 86 after 35.2 overs at Port Soif.

Guernsey cruised home, finishing on 90-2 after 23 overs with Stuart Le Provost finishing unbeaten on 42.

Israel have a rest day on Thursday before games on consecutive days against France, Gibraltar and Germany.

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Sassienies seal Maccabi Tenpin Bowling title

By Danny Caro, July 14, 2010

Last night saw the final round of Maccabi Tenpin Bowling’s second league season at Dunstable.

The top two teams, The Sassienies and Little & Large, were neck and neck with only pinfall separating them. With Little & Large taking the first game 4-0, The Sassienies fought back to take the second game by the same margin.

Going into the last game, it was all to play for but The Sassienies, represented by sibling pair of Darren and Charlie Sassienie, held their nerve to take the final game 3-1 and win the match 11-5 to win the 2010 title.

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Late collapse costs Israel at Euro Championships

By Danny Caro, July 14, 2010

Israel suffered an agonising three-run defeat in their ICC European Division 2 Championships opener against Norway in in Guernsey.

A dramatic late order collapse saw Israel lost five wickets for just 10 runs to fall just short at College Field. Chasing what looked a slightly below par Norwegian total of 204, a 6th wicket partnership of 61 between Gabriel Schachat and Yanik Razporker looked to have set up the win, before the intervention of Zaheer Ashiq.

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Lederman hat-trick inspires Vale 2nds

By Danny Caro, July 13, 2010

A hat-trick from Benjamin Lederman earned London Maccabi Vale 2nd a 48-run victory over Olympians.

After a slightly belated start due to the late arrival of the opposition, LMV were asked to bat first on a very dry Rowley Lane wicket.

David Freedman and Benjamin Lederman opened the innings together for the second consecutive week. Freedman did not last long as he was bowled in the second over. Jeff Permutt came in at No. 3, and he and Lederman played carefully against accurate bowling.

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Benayoun: Benitez forced me out

By Danny Caro, July 12, 2010

Yossi Benayoun has revealed that former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez to be the reason behind his departure from Liverpool to Chelsea., accusing the Spaniard of trying to break him and treating him with disrespect.

In an interview with the News of The World, Benayoun said: " Everyone asks me why I left Liverpool. There is only one reason - Rafa Benitez. I agreed to join Chelsea before Roy Hodgson was appointed Liverpool's new manager.”

“I made up my mind to leave a long time ago as he never treated me with the respect I deserved. If I played well, I never felt he gave me credit."

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MAL retains Maccabi T20

By Danny Caro, July 12, 2010

MAL retained the Maccabi GB T20 in emphatic style after crushing Southgate by nine wickets with more than nine overs to spare in the final in Bushey.

A 20-run victory in the semi-final over Belmont & Edgware was followed by a one-sided final where, having dismissed Southgate for 86, an 83-run partnership between captain Mark Landau and Yoav Lebens eased them home.

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NJCL Reps beat Ladybridge

By Danny Caro, July 12, 2010

A fine performance from NJCL saw them beat Ladybridge CC by 47 runs in the latest Representative match.

NJCL won the toss and skipper Steve Glicher elected to bat on what turned out to be a very slow pitch.

Openers Black and Rabinovitz got off to a steady start putting on 54 for the first wicket before Rabinovitz was bowled by Wood for 37.

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Smith joins LA Galaxy

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Scott Smith hopes to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham after scoring twice on his debut as a striker for the LA Galaxy Under 20 team.

Smith, 19, was selected for a trial at the end of last year after impressing in the youth team at Barnet. From a pool of around 1,600 footballers, Smith, the son of football agent Jon Smith, went on to make the final cut of 26.

Smith said: "The standard is really good but the problem has really been the heat which is quite intense and the length of the trials which ran for almost a month.

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Bad sport? Not me. I just want the best for my children

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Having launched the JC Daniel Sacks Award for outstanding sporting achievement for 11-16-year-old's last week, I was somewhat shocked by what I saw at my children's sports day this week.

In my day, a sports day was just that – a day of sport. Running races, high jump, long jump, we did the lot. The egg and spoon and wheelbarrow races were a little more relaxed while the tug of war separated the men from the boys.

Far from being a pushy parent, nothing would make me prouder than if my children progress to a high level in a chosen sport.

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Israel youth player joins Scots

By Danny Caro, July 8, 2010

Football Gil Blumenshtein has joined Scottish Premier Division Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Blumenshtein, a former Israel youth international midfielder, was signed by manager Terry Butcher, the former England defender, from Hapoel Beer Sheva on a one-year contract.

Blumenshtein said: "Terry is a very good coach and manager. I think that I can learn a lot from him."

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Rack appointed GB tennis chairman for EMG

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2010

Maccabi GB have announced their plans for tennis at next summer’s 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna.

Greg Rack has been appointed Chairman. He will be assisted by Jan Feldman.

Rack has been involved with MGB for a number of years and last summer he Chaired the largest ever Maccabi GB tennis squad to travel to Israel for the Maccabiah Games.

Although the squad did not experience much success Rack believes that better times lie ahead with a number of promising junior and senior players coming through the ranks.

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Maccabi Table Tennis championships review

By Danny Caro, July 6, 2010

Defending champions Ashley Stokes retained the men’s title at the Maccabi GB Table Tennis Open Championships after beating Eli Baraty in the final.

More than 80 competitors of all ages, some of whom are highly nationally ranked, battled it out for various titles.

In its second year at the Harefield Academy, top seed, Zak Zilesnick spectacularly crashed out in the first round, thus ending his dream of making history by being the first and youngest player ever to win every male event available to him at this prestigious event.

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Borehamwood & Elstree win Twenty20 debut match

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

Borehamwood & Elstree won its first midweek Twenty20 match, beating Stanmore by 20 runs in an Inter-Synagogue match.

With both teams featuring players from London Maccabi Vale and Belmont & Edgware, the quality of play was always going to strong.

Missing injured skipper Joel Sager, stand-in Skipper Harvey Samuels tossed up with his opposite number and was pleased when Stanmore decided that BESCC should bat first.

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Harris and Lederman sparkle in LMV success

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

LMV secured their third league win of the season, and in doing so scored their highest total and their biggest winning margin since joining the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League.

WM won the toss and somewhat surprisingly asked LMV to bat first in this Division Three contest. David Freedman and the in-form Benjamin Lederman opened the innings which got off to a bad start when the in-form Lederman was bowled off an inside edge by the fifth ball of the match.

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Lebens leads MAL home

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

MAL’s impressive debut season in the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League continued with a 67 run away win over Haryom CC at JFS on Sunday.

Skipper Gav Lebens won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be a poor pitch. Quite how poor it was came to light early as Mark Landau and Russ Corin struggled to get the ball away.

Some loose bowling and a number of wides saw the scoreboard tick over, and a couple of imperious Corin boundaries meant that after 10 overs MAL were 39-0. Corin soon perished going for one ambitious shot too many, bowled for 18.

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Harrow late show stifles Belmont

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

Belmont & Edgware were beaten by 50 runs as Harrow St. Mary’s maintained their unbeaten record with a 50-run victory.

HSM arrived at the Met Police Ground an hour late and after winning the toss, Belmont & Edgware captain Ashley Connick invited them to bat first.

In a match reduced to 35 overs a side, Daniel Geey and Warren Averbuch opened the bowling, before Neil Myeroff and Connick took over to stem the flow of runs in the middle overs.

Myeroff was miserly as ever, conceding only 20 from his seven overs and picking up two wickets, whilst Connick, bowling off-spin, took 3-36.

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Niman inspires Salford

By Danny Caro, July 5, 2010

A decisive burst from stalwart Andrew Niman helped Salford end Manchester Maccabi’s 20-match unbeaten run as they claimed a 39-run victory in the NJCL.

On a cold and breezy day at Scholes Field in Cheadle, Salford captain Josh Henry lost the toss to Ray Tammam and Salford were invited to bat first. Andrew Niman opened with Glynn and the two mixed attack and defence to good effect, making 12 and 8 respectively.

Young pace bowlers Daniel Franks and Ashley Landes both looked good however, taking three wickets each as Salford struggled to 56-6 at the break.

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Why World Cup agony should come as no surprise

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

We've had a sorry from the captain, a sorry from the manager and even a sorry from the FIFA President, but no number of apologies could put the smile back on the faces of the Caro boys after England's World Cup exit.

Disappointment more than surprise was my initial reaction, although my four-year-old son still cannot understand how Frank Lampard's 'ghost goal' was not awarded. In fact he's so adamant about the fact that he won't let me change the two to a one on his World Cup wall chart.

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Wimbledon interview: Ester Goldfeld

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

Celebrating her 17th birthday on American Independence Day, there was always going to be something special about wonder kid Ester Goldfeld.

The American this week reached the round of 32 at Wimbledon on her debut in the girls junior competition. Goldfeld accounted for Brit Katy Dunne 6-4, 6-2 in the first round but went down 6-4, 6-4 to Clothilde di Bernarde of France, despite gaining a better first serve percentage and serving more aces than her opponent in a match that last just over an hour.

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GB Maccabiah duo step down

By Danny Caro, July 1, 2010

Darryl Lee and Adam Solomons have resigned from their posts on the GB Maccabiah and European Organising Committee.

Lee was chairman and Solomons vice-chairman of both the European and Maccabiah Games GB football teams as well as for the Pan American and Australia Games. Appointed last November, the pair stepped down due to work commitments, although Lee will remain on the Maccabiah Organising Committee in an advisory capacity.

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