London Maccabi Vale moved into the last four of the Maccabi Cricket Cup competition with a comfortable five-wickets victory over Belmont & Edgware 2nd.
Had it not been for an excellent 101 from Jonny Kay, BECC would have succumbed but the tenacious Kay ensured that they batted for 37 overs, accumulating a respectable total. His innings featured some great shots and good running in between wickets.
Kay rescued BECC from a very bad start of 17-2 and 48-3, and, together with captain Ryan Monk, he added 47 for the seventh wicket to push BECC to a respectable score of 186. BECC's remaining batsmen managed only 52 runs between them.
All Vale bowlers - Benjamin Lederman (2-35), Simon Renshaw (2-29), Andrew Morris (2-28), Jeffrey Permutt (1-35), Andy Landesburg (1-31) and Aviel Schwarz (2-14) - picked up at least one wicket, with the exception of Gideon Gale. Schwarz was the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, LMV got off to a great start puting on 83 for the first wicket in just 14 overs. Star with the bat was Jeremy Harris, a centurion last week, who made a brisk 52 from just 47 balls.
BECC captain Ryan Monk brought youngsters Mitchell Mayer and Oskar Hollinsworth into the attack. They bowled exceptionally, stifling the scoring for 10 overs. Only 24 runs were scored during this period as Mayer finished with figures of 3-24.
After a brief wobble, Jeff Permutt steadied the ship and the game was wrapped up with five overs to spare thanks to a fine partnership between Schwarz and Mark Spanjar.