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Firsts’ bowlers big day out

Posted: 31-Oct-2011 by Cricket Senior

Adam Lubitz (image: AJN/Peter Haskin)

Darren Bloch

An undefeated Maccabi Ajax First XI returned to the field on Saturday looking to make it three wins in a row against East Malvern.

Maccabi’s opening bowler Adam Lubitz came firing out of the blocks at the delayed start time of 3pm as he sent East Malvern’s opening batsmen back to the David Mandie Pavilion at Gary Smorgan Oval in the first over.

Lubitz (2/19), together with David Fayman (2/14), kept their opponents run rate down and at tea, East Malvern were in trouble at 4/40.

After the break, Maccabi’s captain David Majtlis (3/16) lead his group of spinners from the front, giving them all an opportunity to stake their claim for more overs as the season progresses. At the end of the day, East Malvern were 9/88 from 58 overs. The Firsts will resume next week eager to inflict victory.

Over on Treyvaud Park Oval 1, Second XI opening bowlers Jamie Hyams and Adam Paykel restricted East Malvern to a slow start. After 28 overs, the home side were two wickets down with only 28 runs on the board.

Nevertheless, East Malvern never panicked and with wickets in hand, launched a late attack. Daniel Sneider’s solo caught and bowled effort (2/36) broke a strong middle order partnership however it was JJ. Zimmet (6/20) who was the real star of the day for the Seconds.

Zimmet’s big day out included five maidens in a row and three wickets from his last twelve deliveries. Eventually, East Malvern were dismissed for 157.

At the close of play, Simon Morawetz and Steven Lustig were the not out batsmen for Maccabi (1/12).

The Thirds started their match against South Yarra on the front foot with an opening partnership of 51 between Ben Fisher and Sam Brygel.

When Brygel (19) was dismissed, Fisher continued his dominance at the top of the order and combined for a 52 run second wicket stand with big hitting Jono Balbin (24).

Fisher was eventually caught for a well crafted 73 but not before leading his team to 4/132.

South Yarra bowled out their opponents in the 67th over leaving themselves 175 runs for victory. The day though was not done and rising star Adam Klein claimed two wickets for just two runs in his four overs, leaving the home side reeling at 2/9 heading into next week.

The Silver Arc Sunday XI suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Carnegie on Sunday at home.

Batting first, Maccabi’s lineup collapsed to be 8/51 and 82 all out in 39 overs. Dovi Broner top scored for the home side with 13.

In the second innings of the day, Maccabi’s bowlers toiled hard, lead from the front by their captain Ian Jones (4/17) and Laurie Shneider (2/23).

However, the home side didn’t have enough runs to play with and Carnegie surpassed their target with wickets and overs to spare to finish the days play at 8/86.

The Firsts resume their match against East Malvern on Saturday 5th November at Gary Smorgan Oval 9. Play starts at 1pm.


  • 1st XI: MACC vs East Malvern 9/88 (D. Majtlis 3/16; D. Fayman 2/14; A. Lubitz 2/19)
  • 2nd XI: MACC 1/12 vs East Malvern 157 (J. Zimmet 6/20; D. Sneider 2/36)
  • 3rd XI: MACC 174 (B. Fisher 73; J. Balbin 24; S. Brygel 19) vs South Yarra 2/9 (A.Klein 2/2)
  • Silver Arc Sunday 4th XI: MACC 82 (D.Broner 13) def by Carnegie 8/86 (I. Jones 4/17; L. Shneider 2/23)
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