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NSW vs VIC in 90th Interstate Cricket

Posted: 21-Oct-2015 by Maccabi NSW

by Glen Greenberg

It was a wonderful day at Kensington Oval on Sunday 18th, as part of the 90th Anniversary that 2 old foes – NSW and Victoria came together to play a game of cricket. Thanks to the efforts of Paul Platus who drove this game into reality, these teams had not played against each other for many years – and it was a special occasion to have the 2 teams come together to celebrate the event.

The Victorian team, captained by Sammy Frey travelled to Sydney for the weekend, and after a warm up game of golf on the Saturday were ready to take on the strong NSW line up that was assembled. Captained by Todd Greenberg, the NSW side was made up of his 3 brothers in Glen, Casey and Chad, former Maccabi stalwarts Moshe Ezekiel, Damon Sharwood, Steve Hertzberg, Gary Michaels, Brett Corrick and Mark Fuzes. The Victorian side also had plenty of experience, with Steve Sandor, Paul Platus, Danny Klinger, Adam Berstyn and Jonathan Mond all available to play.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat, NSW started strongly thanks to a powerful display from former grade player Mark Fuzes, who showed he is still in fine touch. Damon Sharwood was also bringing back the glory days with his timing and class, and the Sydney boys all contributed with the bat to finish with a total of 155 from their 30 overs. Mark Fuzes (37), Sharwood (29), Todd Greenberg (16) the top scorers. Pick of the Victorian bowlers was Mond who kept charging in, and Simeon Goldenberg with his legspin taking 2-29.

In reply, Victoria got off to a dreadful start losing Paul Platus on the first ball of the innings, which brought Justin Dery to the crease – and he continued to punish the bowlers to all parts of the ground. Showing all his experience, Dery scored a solid 25 and with a handy 16 from Captain Sam Frey, the Victorians looked like being a chance to chase down the total, before Chad Greenberg with his offspin took 3-20 and finished off the VICS to bowl them all out for 123. The result did not matter however, and both teams enjoyed a beer together after the game and the company of old friends, team mates and rivals. 

A day to remember for all the cricketers and their families who came down to watch, umpires Phil Green and Johnny Greenberg enjoyed the constant banter between the 2 teams all day, which was always played in the true Maccabi spirit that we all know and love – and we look forward to the rematch that will hopefully be organised soon.

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