James Masters

Federer shocked by Israeli pair at London 2012 tennis

By James Masters, August 1, 2012

Israel pair Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich produced a stunning fightback to shock defending Olympic champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in the men’s doubles.

The Swiss stars, who won gold in Beijing four years ago, had been expected to cruise through the second round tie after taking the first set 6-1 in just 28 minutes.


New chapter for Republic

By James Masters, July 30, 2012

Republic of Mancunia will play at a stadium with a capacity of 2,500 after securing a deal to host their home matches at the Accounts Direct Stadium in Flixton.

The MJSL side, who will be renamed Republic of Flixton, will share the ground with Northwich Victoria after signing a four-year contract.


Raisman going for gold

By James Masters, July 30, 2012

Aly Raisman will go for gold in Thursday’s individual all-round artistic gymnastic final following a stunning qualifying performance.

The 18-year-old USA captain scored 15.325 on the floor and 15.1 on the balance beam on her way to recording an impressive 60.391 overall.


Hapoel in Champions League triumph

By James Masters, July 25, 2012

Uefa Champions League second qualifying round second leg
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona 2 MSK Zilina 1
Hapoel win 2-1 on aggregate

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona are within sight of a potential money spinning tie with the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona after moving into the third qualifying round of the Champions League.


Champions League defeat for Kiryat Shmona

By James Masters, July 18, 2012

Uefa Champions League second qualifying round first leg
MSK Zilina 1
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona 0

Hapoel Kiryat Shmona’s dreams of making the group stages of the Champions League remain alive – despite suffering a narrow defeat in their qualifying clash.


Joy for South but Maccabi struggle

By James Masters, July 17, 2012

South Manchester stormed to an eight-wicket victory against Trinity in Division Three of the Greater Manchester Amateur Cricket League.

Akiva Lieberman was the star of the show for South, hitting an unbeaten 49 as Steve Glicher’s side easily chased down their target of 84 for victory.


Israel net lacrosse win

By James Masters, July 6, 2012

British pair Natasha Kalmanson and Sacha Stout inspired Israel’s lacrosse teams to victory at the EC12 Festival in Holland.

Kalmanson was part of the women’s team which fought back from a four-goal deficit to claim the title.

Manchester-born Stout was also in the thick of the action, helping the men’s team win all 14 games on their way to glory.


Manchester Maccabi slip to defeat

By James Masters, July 3, 2012

Manchester Maccabi failed to halt a rampant Wilmslow as Ray Tammam’s men crashed to a disappointing defeat.

Wilmslow, who are unbeaten this season, were helped to victory by Toby Rowe’s stunning unbeaten effort of 106.

Rowe’s innings steered Wilmslow to 204-8 off their 40 overs, despite a fine effort from the Maccabi bowlers.


Gee quits Haroldeans

By James Masters, June 26, 2012

MJSL champions Haroldeans are looking for a new manager following the resignation of Ivan Gee.

Gee, who turns 75 next week, has spent the best part of 25 years with the Merseysiders and led them to the league title last season.

But Gee believes he is leaving his role at the right time and says the moment has come for an injection of youth at the top.


South Manchester vs Wilmslow CC

By James Masters, June 19, 2012

South Manchester crashed out of the Challenge Cup in the first round after suffering a 33-run defeat by Wilmslow. Dan Glicher took three wickets on debut and Akiva Lieberman hit 41 with the bat but it wasn't enough for victory. Photos: Chris Tofalos.



South Manchester slip to defeat

By James Masters, June 18, 2012

South Manchester crashed out of the Challenge Cup in the first round after suffering a 33-run defeat by Wilmslow.

Despite the bowling heroics of 13-year-old Dan Glicher, who took 3-23, South were unable to chase down their victory target of 189.


JC Cricket Scoreboard

By James Masters, June 18, 2012

Middlesex Sunday Cricket League Division One
West Harrow 82 (31.1 overs) Grant Traub 3-8, Michael Klinger 3-16
MAL 83-3 (17.2 overs)

MAL won by 7 wickets


BECC 1st XI 132-9 Michael Blasebalk 30
Rajpal Sampat 133-8 Jonny Evans 3-29
BECC lost by 2 wickets


Greater Manchester Amateur Cricket League


Lions make step up

By James Masters, June 18, 2012

London Lions Reserves will play in Division One of the Spartan South Midlands Reserve League next season after their promotion was finally ratified.

Lions, who won their final five league games of the season to secure a second place finish, will now face several clubs who have their first team in the Premier Division.


Golden weekend for HIS

By James Masters, June 18, 2012

HIS enjoyed a stunning weekend of success at the Jom Havoetbal tournament in Amsterdam.

The under-eight side, managed by Michael Abraham, won all their group games without conceding, before thrashing locals Rosh Pinah 7-0 in the final thanks to four goals from Chase Calvert.


Lions Ladies ready to roar

By James Masters, June 18, 2012

London Lions Ladies are stepping up their recruitment drive after confirming their entry into next season’s Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire League.

European Maccabi Games star Hollie Springer is helping to mould a squad capable of challenging for success next term, but is keen to add fresh talent over the next few weeks.


Hartsbourne star after proving Abridge too far

By James Masters, June 18, 2012

Hartsbourne swept the board at Abridge Golf Club as they dominated the Metropolitan Tournament.

With adverse weather conditions forcing players to compete over nine holes rather than 18, it was Hartsbourne who shone brightest amid the gloom.

The Bushey club eased to victory in the men’s and ladies best net and gross as well as the combined ladies and men’s net gross.


Josh keeps on jumping

By James Masters, June 18, 2012

Joshua Newman continued his golden year after claiming the top prize in the North West National Trampoline Gala in Liverpool.

Newman, who has won four gold medals, two silvers and a bronze in his past six competitions, will now hope to round off his season with victory at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham next month.



By James Masters, June 11, 2012

MAL suffered a 60-run defeat in their latest Middlesex Sunday Cricket League Division One match.

Chasing 241 for victory, MAL were dismissed for 180 off 38.1 overs. Photos by Marc Morris.



South Manchester dominate JC Northern Football awards

By James Masters, June 6, 2012

South Manchester Sports Club 1st dominated the JC Northern Football Awards as manager Darryl Lee and striker Adam Lavin scooped the top prizes.

South Manchester boss Lee was named JC Northern Manager of the Year after leading his side to a league and cup double and his side was also hailed as JC Northern Team of the Season.


JC MJSL Team of the Year 2012

By James Masters, June 6, 2012

Haroldeans trio Paul Harris, Zach Goodman and Bobby Abrams were all included in the JC MJSL Team of the Year after helping their side win the league title.

They are joined by Manchester Maccabi duo Josh Samberg and Jake Kelly as well as Hyde Park’s Oli Grant.