Harrow St Marys 251
LMV 2nd XI 180-9
LMV lost by 71 runs
London Maccabi Vale 2nd XI were well beaten by Middlesex Sunday League Division Three title hopefuls Harrow St. Mary’s on the main square at the Walker Ground at Southgate Cricket Club.
LMV skipper Jonathan Lederman decided to bowl first on a cloudy afternoon. Jonathan Freedman soon got into the act with a fabulous caught and bowled, but neither he nor Lederman could find the right line. Freedman switched ends and Simon Renshaw also came on to bowl, but nothing stopped the HSM batsmen as they hit both good and bad balls alike all round the ground.
Soon the spin twins of Jeff Permutt and Alex Nyman were brought on to bowl. Nyman had immediate success having been smashed for a couple of huge hits he bowled a great yorker to completely deceive the HSM batter. However, the bowling continued to be indifferent and hit around.
Although Nyman and Renshaw took a couple more wickets each, the damage had been done and a final score of 251 would have been a challenge even with the original batting line up. Only Freedman emerged with credit with figures of 1-32 from 7.1 overs.
Vale’s reply got off to a bad start as the father and son opening partnership Jacob and David Freedman both departed to excellent deliveries within the first 10 overs. This set the tone for the innings with the returning Alex Haffner (21) and Scott Gerard also not lasting long.
It was left to Trevor Woolf (29) and Lederman (38 not out)to try and salvage some respectability, but when Woolf was out LBW, the last real partnership was broken.
A cameo from Nyman entertained for a while, but the run rate was in double figures as the last 10 overs approached and with wickets falling at regular intervals there was no real chance of making a charge towards 251.
The final scores of both teams was a fair reflection on the gulf between the teams in all three aspects of the game. Disappointing that after a good win last week we were unable to follow it up with another good performance.