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Junior Cricketers claim silver after disappointing loss to South Africa

Posted: 15-Jul-2017 by Maccabiah

Australia's junior cricketers took on South Africa in Haifa on Friday with a gold medal on the line just days after beating the Proteas by two runs.

Aussie captain Adam Finkelstein won the toss and opted to bat first.

Openers Adam Cavenor and Noah Jedwood got the Aussies off to a flying start, registering a 44 run opening stand before the former was dismissed caught and bowled.

Josh Segal replaced Cavenor at the crease and managed to stay out in the middle for an extended period. However, the Aussie run rate dwindle following some accurate South African bowling.

Quick wickets stifled the Aussie momentum soon after as captain Adam Finkelstein, Vinnie Page and Sam Kertesz were all sent back to the pavilion in quick succession.

Kertesz can consider himself unlucky to have been dismissed by a head high delivery which was somehow not signalled a no ball by the umpire.

Josh High went next under further dubious circumstances - the umpire awarding a contentious LBW against the Aussie at a key stage of the match.

The mini-collapse, which saw the Aussies lose 4/8, really hurt their chances but the Aussies rallied to post a respectable total. Gilad Meyerowitz and Leo Lipman finished unbeaten while and helped their side to 7/129.

It was clear that it would take a mammoth effort from the Aussies to defend this total.

The Australians started brightly in the field as Gilad Meyerowitz dismissed one of the SA openers in the second over with help from a marvellous catch from Adam Cavenor.

However, South Africa quickly steadied the ship and scored at a rapid pace from the outset - with a clear intent to get the clash over with as quickly as possible.

Adams Finkelstein and Cavenor struck in quick succession, the former aided by a marvellous catch from Josh High, as it seemed the Aussies might find their way back into the match after all.

However, the Safas once again steadied and eased their way to their target of 130 in just 24 overs.

The South Africans were classy post-game as both sides collected their medals. While Aussie Adam Cavenor was awarded player of the tournament following a stellar campaign where he plundered 163 runs and claimed 7 wickets.

A truly great achievement considering Cavenor is just 13 - and the competition caters for cricketers up to the age of 18.

Congratulations to our junior Cricketers who fought hard all the way. Well done on your silver medal!

Aussie batting lineup:

1. Noah Jedwood 23
2. Adam Cavenor 13
3. Josh Segal 13
4. Vincent Page 15
5  Adam Finkelstein 7
6. Sam Kertesz 0
7. Gilad Meyerowitz 13*
8. Josh High 1
9. Leo Lipman 7*
10. Brad Benstock DNB
11.Ethan Corrick DNB

12. Robbie Duncan
13. Adam Snoyman


Wickets: Finkelstein (2), Lipman, Cavenor


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