James Masters

Michael Klinger ready to cash in on IPL

By James Masters, January 13, 2011

Michael Klinger is set to become the first Jewish cricketer to compete in the Indian Premier League after being snapped up by new boy's Kochi.

The South Australia skipper will earn around $75,000 after signing
a two-year deal with Geoff Lawson's franchise and will team up with the likes of legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and Sri Lanka star Mahela Jaywardene.

The Twenty20 tournament, which will run from April 8 to May 28, is in its fourth year and has already
transformed the game on the sub-continent.

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Klinger: Spin king Swann can win Ashes

By James Masters, November 19, 2010

Michael Klinger has tipped Graeme Swann to send Australia into a spin in this winter's Ashes.

The South Australia captain hit 38 during his side's draw with England in Adelaide last week and was suitably impressed with Andrew Strauss's tourists. The former Australia Under 19 skipper was dismissed by James Anderson in both innings.

Spinner Swann took four wickets during the rain-affected match but not even the poor weather could dampen Klinger's praise of England's top bowler.

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MJSL review

By James Masters, November 3, 2010

Basement battlers Sporting JLGB caused shock of the day in the latest round of MJSL matches after becoming the first team to beat title hopefuls Hyde Park Rovers this season.

Rovers, who dropped their first points of the season in last Wednesday’s draw with Oakhill, found themselves 4-1 down before David James and player-manager Phillip Braham drew them level at the death.

But with seconds remaining, Uri Steinberg scrambled home his second of the game to give Sporting an unlikely win to end Rovers’ unbeaten record.

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Wrestling star Dar in demand

By James Masters, October 29, 2010

Noam Dar is a man in demand after his wrestling heroics wowed fans at the recent Maximum Impact event in Scotland.

The Israeli teen sensation underlined his status as the sport’s most exciting up and coming talent after retaining his tag-team title alongside partner Liam Thomson.

Dynamic Dar, 17, stole the show at the Magnum Centre in Irvine last week and now has a number of wrestling companies fighting for his signature.

After moving to Scotland from Tel Aviv at the age of six, Dar was trained up by the Premier British Wrestling Company where he has since made his name.

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England's cricketers will boss says Moss

By James Masters, October 28, 2010

England's cricketers have been tipped to pile the misery on Australia in this winter's Ashes.

Andrew Strauss' men flew out this morning ahead of the five-match Test series which begins in Brisbane on November 25.

Australia have struggled in recent months and have slumped to fifth in the world rankings.

Former Derbyshire batsman Jon Moss, who has also represented Australia at the Maccabiah Games, has faced several of the England stars who will take on Ricky Ponting's men.

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Half time blast did the trick, says Davis

By James Masters, October 22, 2010

Steve Davis praised his Westdene 1st side after they came back from the dead to claim a precious point against Oakhill Lions.

The Manchester students had raced into a two-goal lead thanks to efforts by Robert Selwyn and Dan Cohen.

The visitors hit back after the break through Saul Cohen and an Adam Herman wonder strike to salvage a draw.

Boss Davis is now hoping his side can build on their latest performance when they take on Republic of Mancunia on Sunday.

"We weren't good enough in the first half and Oakhill made a really fast start," he said.

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Fever pitch: rules on violence to be tightened

By James Masters, October 22, 2010

MJSL chiefs are ready to crack down on clubs who fail to control their players following the latest outburst of violence.

Westdene 2nd and Sporting JLGB were involved in ugly clashes at the end of a bad-tempered league game as the MJSL's reputation was dragged through the mud once again.

Hyde Park Rovers were reprimanded earlier in the season after receiving a number of red cards, while the league has raised doubts over a lack of discipline shown by teams and players.

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South Manchester Maccabi conquer rivals

By James Masters, October 22, 2010

South Manchester Maccabi were once again top dogs in the NJCL, winning the league title, Super Sixes and T20.

A bowling triumvirate of Akiva Lieberman, Avrom Topperman and David Glick gave the team an almost unbeatable look and feel.

"We had an amazing season," reflected Steve Glicher, the South Manchester captain. "Obviously it's all change for Manchester cricket next season but we're hoping to be just as competitive."

Glicher praised the achievements of Leeds Maccabi master blaster Simon Williams, who "scored loads of runs and was averaging around 100 for the season".

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Cricket's 20:20 vision

By James Masters, October 14, 2010

Jewish cricket in Manchester is set to undergo a huge transformation following the announcement of a new Twenty20 competition.

The improved format will see the Northern Sunday League scrapped with a T20 tournament set to run for around eight weeks from the middle of May. The demise of the 40-over game comes just six months after the Maccabi Sunday League collapsed in London.

NJCL secretary Zevi Saunders believes the move will trigger fresh interest in the sport and is confident that the new set-up will be a huge success.

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Investigation into football abuse claims

By James Masters, October 14, 2010

The Manchester FA are set to look into allegations that a Jewish man was racially abused by an opposition player during a Sunday League game in Manchester.

The man, whose son was playing for South Manchester Sports Club's Under 16 side, was called a "dirty ******* Jewish ****" during the contest against Mable United in Whitefield.

The player was promptly shown the red card for his actions and can now expect to be investigated by the FA.

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Wrestling sensation Dar ready to rumble

By James Masters, October 8, 2010

Israeli teen wrestling sensation Noam Dar is getting ready to rumble as he plans to defend his tag-team title at this year's Maximum Impact.

The 17-year-old, who was born in Tel Aviv, is Scotland's youngest tag-team champion in the sport having doubled up with Liam Thomson to take the belt at the Breaking Limits event last May.

And he is now targeting another victory alongside Thomson on October 16 as the dynamic duo take on the men they deposed as champions, CJ Hunter and Johnny Starr.

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Drench warfare in Yorkshire

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

Hyde Park Rangers are facing a hefty fine from the Football Association after red mist descended over Yorkshire once again.

Not even a torrential downpour could dampen the tempers as the Leeds University side had yet another player sent off during their 2-0 over Westdene 2nds following Adam Fletcher's dismissal for two bookable offences.

Rangers have come under intense scrutiny in the past week after Bobby Abrahams and Jason Wise were red carded in their opening day win over Manchester Maccabi 3rds.

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Jacobs goes crackers for gong

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

Gary Jacobs admits he was almost knocked out cold after being told he was being inducted into the Scottish Boxing Hall of Fame.

Glaswegian Jacobs retired from the ring in 1997 after an illustrious career which saw him become British, European and Commonwealth welterweight champion.

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David Gold backs Avram Grant

By James Masters, October 7, 2010

David Gold has backed Avram Grant to bring an end to West Ham's disastrous start to the season.

The Hammers have managed just one win from their first seven league games and are bottom of the table.

Grant replaced Gianfranco Zola during the summer after impressing co-owner Gold with plans for the future. And Gold is adamant Grant can lift the gloom and lead his team out of trouble, beginning on Saturday against fellow strugglers Wolves.

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MJSL round-up

By James Masters, October 4, 2010

A four-goal salvo from Ben Peppi steered South Manchester Sports Club 2nds to a 7-3 victory over Westdene 1st.

Simon Davis added two more and Jonny Tenzer another as South Manchester came from a goal down to claim the points.

Oli Grant and Ben Roback’s deflected strike helped Hyde Park Rovers beat Westdene 2nd 2-0.

Crumpsall’s miserable start to the season continued after they suffered a 7-0 defeat at Sporting JLGB.

Josh Taylor scored twice, while Uri Steinberg, Saul Davies, Danny Jacobs, Adam Schwinger and Jamie Bowden also got on the scoresheet.

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Nine-man Rovers steal the show

By James Masters, September 28, 2010

Hyde Park Rovers boss Phillip Braham has warned his hot-headed students to leave their raging antics at home following their fiery clash against Manchester Maccabi 3rds.

Rovers were reduced to nine men after having Bobby Abrahams and Jason Wise sent off during their hard-earned 2-1 victory over the previously unbeaten league leaders.

Both were dismissed for two bookable offences as tempers flared in a pulsating contest which saw Martin Simons' men suffer their first defeat in six games.

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MJSL best is yet to come, says Simons

By James Masters, September 21, 2010

Martin Simons has struck fear into the hearts of the MJSL by declaring there's more to come from his rampant Maccabi machine.

The league leaders racked up their fifth consecutive victory of the season to maintain their 100 per cent record following a comfortable 2-0 win over Westdene 1sts.

Talented midfielder Louie Basso continued his impressive run of form with a classy double to give Maccabi victory and send them six points clear at the summit.

But manager Simons was left unimpressed with his side's showing – despite watching them romp to victory yet again.

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Keinan pledges a Tangerine dream

By James Masters, September 17, 2010

Dekel Keinan insists he is ready to brush his firm friendship with Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun aside in a bid to inspire Blackpool to a shock victory at Stamford Bridge.

The Tangerines defender, who made the move to the Premier League from Maccabi Haifa during the summer, has played a key role in his side's impressive start to life in the top-flight.

Blackpool face Benayoun's Chelsea on Sunday looking for their third consecutive victory away from Bloomfield Road and Keinan is relishing the chance of taking on his fellow Israel teammate.

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Tyer flattens Deans

By James Masters, September 7, 2010

Ben Tyer hit four as Manchester Maccabi 3rd maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 4-2 win over Haroldeans.

After their opening day victory against Crumpsall, Maccabi continued their impressive run of form with hotshot Tyer stealing the show.

Not even Josh Silverberg's double could prevent Maccabi from making it six points from six as Haroldeans crashed to defeat in their first game of the season.

Elsewhere, South Manchester Sports Club 2nd made it two wins out of two with the 7-0 thrashing of Westdene 2nds.

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MJSL round-up

By James Masters, September 6, 2010

Ben Tyer hit four as Manchester Maccabi 3rds maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 4-2 win over Haroldeans FC.

After their opening day victory against Crumpsall, Maccabi continued their impressive run of form with hot-shot Tyer stealing the show.

Not even Josh Silverberg’s double could prevent Maccabi from making it six points from six as Haroldeans crashed to defeat in their first game of the season.

Elsewhere, South Manchester Maccabi 2nds made it two wins out of two with the 7-0 thrashing of Westdene 2nds.

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