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Ladder Leaders bowled back down to Earth

Posted: 11-Dec-2011 by Cricket Senior

David Fayman

The First XI will be keen to prove they are genuine title contenders by the end of round 6 after a good days performance against ladder leaders Moorabbin Park.

The Firsts , without one of this season’s shining lights in the bowling department, Alan Goldstein, did extremely well to restrict Moorabbin to 135 from 58.1 overs.

David Fayman took his chance to open the bowling in Goldstein’s absence with both hands with a fine effort of 4/37. He was well supported at the other end from his captain David Majtlis (4/33) who cut through Moorabbin’s middle order, sending their number 4 and 5 batsmen back to the pavilion without scoring.

However, it was Moorabbin’s opening batsmen, Niall Martin (76) causing the bulk of the damage for the host’s. Majtlis would of been relieved when Martin was finally dismissed, bringing to an end their innings with the score on 135.
The First’s only require another 98 runs to win with 8 wickets in hand.

Simon Lipschitz and Jason Webb fell cheaply at the start while Brandon Friedman (17) and Mark Shnider (10) are the not out batsmen for the hosts.

The Second XI have also put in a strong performance on day one against Moorabbin Park at Dane Road Reserve.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Maccabi’s openers Jeremy Balbin (11) and Lester Buch (26) opened up their team’s innings with a solid 28 run stand.

The middle order including Simon Morawetz (12), Matt Gamsu (15) and Farrell Plavin (15) made valuable contributions and saw the Second’s pass 100 runs on the scoreboard.

However, Jason Stone (24) and JJ. Zimmet’s (25) 32 run partnership, the biggest of the innings, helped steer Maccabi towards a highly competitive 9/148.
In response, the hosts sit 0/11 from 8 overs heading into day two next Saturday.

The Third XI had a tougher outing against Youlden Parkville at home on Albert Park Oval 12.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the Third’s lost key opening batsmen Ben Fisher for 1. Ben Morley and Sam Brygel’s 34 run second wicket partnership lifted the hosts spirit’s but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals throughout the day.

Sam Brygel, who opened the batting alongside Fisher, was rock solid at the top of the order, trying his best to build partnerships with every one of his fellow team mates who joined him in the middle. Brygel was eventually dismissed for a magnificent 51 with the team’s total on 82.

Youlden Parkville wrapped up the tail shortly after for a total of 108. In reply, Parkville are 0/46 from 21 overs heading into day two.

On Sunday, The Silver Arc 4th XI pulled off an unlikely victory against arch rivals Bentleigh. After being sent in to bat, Maccabi were dismissed inside 30 overs for just 56 runs. Jones Jones (23) and David Smith (11) were the only Maccabi batsmen who reached double figures.

Bentleigh, thinking the game was theirs, amazingly fell to 6/25 and were bowled out for just 39 off 22.3 overs. Josh Jones sealed the man of the match award with 4 wickets while Yossi Herbst (4/5) and Daniel Wein (2/5) were the other multiple wicket takers.


  • 1st XI: MACC AJAX 2/37 (B. Friedman 17 not out, M. Shnider 10 not out) vs Moorabbin Park 135 (D. Majtlis 4/33, D. Fayman 4/37)
  • 2nd XI: MACC AJAX 9/148 (L. Buch 26, JJ. Zimmet 25, J. Stone 24) vs Moorabbin Park 0/11
  • 3rd XI: MACC AJAX 108 (S. Brygel 51) vs Youlden Parkville 0/46
  • Silver Arc 4th XI: MACC AJAX 56 (J. Jones 23) def Bentleigh 39 ( Y. Herbst 4/5, J. Jones 4/9, D. Wein 2/5)

The Maccabi AJAX 1st XI resume their two-day match against Moorabbin Park this Saturday, 18 December at Gary Smorgon Oval, Albert Park. Play begins at 1pm.

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