Danny Caro

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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Kayal agrees to Celtic move

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Maccabi Haifa midfielder Biram Kayal has agreed a five year deal with Scottish giants Celtic.

The 22-year-old Israeli international is expected to fly over to Glasgow for a medical in the coming few days.

Peter Lawwel, Celtic’s chief executive, is reportedly in Israel and has discussed the deal with Maccabi president Jacob Shahar. The clubs are close to agreeing a fee in the region of £1.25m. Kayal is set to earn £350,000 in his first year at Parkhead with the option of an improved salary if he impresses.

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Keinan joins Blackpool

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Dekel Keinan has signed a two-year deal with Premier League new boys Blackpool – as we told you on July 12.

The deal was confirmed after the Israeli defender was awarded his UK work permit on appeal yesterday.

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Barnet coach Michael Stone: Q&A

By Danny Caro, July 23, 2010

Sir Trevor Brooking's call for the FA to nurture more home-grown coaches was music to the ears of Barnet's Michael Stone.

Reviewing England's World Cup campaign, the FA's Director of Football Development has been quick to call for more English faces to rise through the ranks. And at 31, Stone fits the bill.

Recently appointed coach at League 2 Barnet, Stone, one of the most highly rated trainers in the country, has been charged with extra responsibility for individual player development.

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Jacobson looking to overcome the odds at Oldham

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2010

The futures of two top Jewish footballers are up in the air at the moment. Joe Jacobson, the former Wales Under 21 captain, has been told that he can find another club by Oldham Athletic. In 2006, Jacobson became the first British Jew to play in the Football League since Barry Silkman. He moved to Bristol Rovers a year later and was then signed by former Oldham manager David Penney just over 12 months ago. But new boss Paul Dickov decided to release him.

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Hapoel Tel Aviv close in on Champions League group stages

By Danny Caro, July 22, 2010

Hapoel Tel Aviv remain on course to reach the group stage of the Champions League after earning a 6-0 aggregate victory over Željezničar in Sarajevo on Wednesday night.

Leading 5-0 from the first leg in Israel last week, the Israeli champions earned a 1-0 win in the away leg with a 76th winner from Brazilian defender Douglas da Silva the icing on the cake.

New signing Ben Sahar, the former Chelsea striker, did not feature despite having recently signed a one-year loan deal from Espanyol. Nigerian keeper Vincent Enyeama, who has been linked with a move to Porto, was another absentee.

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LMV 2A edged out by West Harrow

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

London Maccabi Vale 3rd XI made its first appearance of the season but a team combining youth and experience were edged out by one wicket by West Harrow.

No matter what level you play your cricket, as long as the opposition are well-matched you can have a great contest; which is what we had on Sunday. A match that went the full 80 overs and finished just after half past eight was played in an excellent spirit on both sides and hopefully gave LMV's youngsters valuable experience of how to deal with pressure.

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Sager steers BESCC home

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

A captain’s innings from Joel Sager helped BESCC secure their second victory after beating Barnet Synagogue in the latest Inter-Synagogue friendly.

Two early wickets from Phil Lassman soon had Barnet on the back foot. Tight spells from Jamie Kaye and Freedman kept Barnet in check and after two well executed run-outs, Barnet were dismissed for 113.

BESCC overcame the early losses of Freedman and Turek. Wobbling at 18-3, Sager carried his bat, despite not having played since last August, to make 47 not out as BESCC eased home with four overs to spare.

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Lederman jnr sparkles again

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

A man of the match display from Benjamin Lederman helped London Maccabi Vale 2nds earn a credible draw against Wembley at Vale Farm.

Playing in a timed match for the first time this season, LMV had the better of the result, but were unable to break through the determined defence of the experienced tail end of Wembley.

David Freedman and Lederman opened the batting for the third week in a row. Freedman was undone by an excellent in-swinger early on. Jeremy Harris came in and hit a couple of boundaries but was completely undone by another excellent swinging delivery.

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Gutman leads Israel to first victory over Germany

By Danny Caro, July 20, 2010

A fine all-round performance from Israeli captain Herschel Gutman has led Israel to their first ever win over Germany as they ended their ICC European Championship Division Two campaign with a 56-run win.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Israel started their innings steadily but lost wickets, reaching 51 when the danger-man Eshkol Solomon was the fourth wicket down in the 14th over. This brought Herschel Gutman to the crease and he played what was very much a captain’s innings.

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South Manchester wins NJCL T20

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

South Manchester Maccabi won the NJCL Twenty20 Cup after beating Salford in the final.

A hotly contested competition at Scholes Field in Gatley featured South Manchester, Manchester Maccabi, Salford and Leeds Maccabi.

South met rivals Maccabi in the first semi final of the day. The decision to insert Maccabi looked to have paid dividends as the Lieberman brothers, Akiva and Huddy, ripprf into the Maccabi top order, leaving them in a perilous state of 27-5, with Huddy taking 4-7.

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Belmont & Edgware CC round-up

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

Belmont & Edware 1sts recorded a thumping 167-runs over West Middlesex in the Middlesex League Division Three.

This was a victory built on a platform provided by Daniel Abrahams (47) and Jonathan Evans (66), well-supported by the rest of the team.

Everyone chipped in, with every batsman reaching double figures, and key performances from Warren Averbuch (24*) and Ami Wynbourne (19*, including eight from one ball) at the death taking the total over the 300-run mark.

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MAL within touching distance of promotion

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

MAL’s promotion hopes were given a boost as they claimed a crushing eight-wicket victory over promotion rivals Kensington & Chelsea in the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League Division Three.

Skipper Gav Lebens won the toss and chose to field on what is always a very quick scoring ground at Old Camdenians.

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BECC youngsters prove that the future is bright

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

Belmont & Edgware 3rd XI suffered a 92-run defeat against Weldon.

Stand-in BECC captain Blasebalk won the toss and looking at the short boundaries and glut of young bowlers, decided to field. Based on the performance of the young team featuring six Under 17 players, it was the right decision as the strength was in the bowling.

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Solomon century helps Israel end losing streak

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

Israel bounced back from three consecutive defeats at the ICC Europe Division 2 Championships in Guernsey with a 30-run victory over Gibraltar.

Batting first, Israel's Eshkol Solomon became only the second Israeli to score an international century, playing a lone hand in guiding Israel to 200.

Earlier, Shailesh Bangerra (27) and Josh Evans (17) gave Israel a useful start, adding 44 for the first wicket, before a dramatic collapse left the Israeli innings in tatters at 102-7.

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Ben Haim set to join West Ham

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2010

West Ham manager Avram Grant has been reunited with Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim after agreeing to sign him from former club Portsmouth.

The Hammers agreed a deal with the cash-strapped club, relegated from the Premier League last season, after agreeing a compromise on Ben Haim's wages.

West Ham originally offered £30,000 a week, around £8,000 a week short of what the Ben Haim was earning at Portsmouth but they have improved their offer.

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GB cricketers will always be batting on a sticky wicket

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2010

The European Maccabi Games are less than a year away. Proceedings get under way in Vienna at the opening ceremony on July 6 with Team GB and Austria expected to field the largest delegations. Guest teams from Israel, primarily juniors, USA and Canada will also feature with one or two possible additions.

Nineteen sports are currently on the schedule, ranging from badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, bridge, chess, fencing, field hockey, football, futsal, golf, judo, karate, squash, swimming, ten pin bowling, table tennis, target shooting, tennis and volleyball.

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All change at Oldham

By Danny Caro, July 15, 2010

Simon Corney has taken over as chairman of Oldham Athletic after Simon Blitz left the club, along with director Danny Gazal.

Blitz cited personal and economic pressures for ending his seven-year association with the Latics after reportedly running up an eight-figure loss in that time.

Blitz said: "I don't feel I'm able to give the supporters the contribution they are looking for in the future."

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