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1st XI fall short against Carnegie

Posted: 08-Jan-2012 by Cricket Senior

Brad Majtlis defeding in the match against Carnegie

By Nathan Rothschild

The Maccabi AJAX first XI have let slip an opportunity to cement their position in the top four, going to down Carnegie by 1 wicket on the weekend.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Maccabi AJAX were looking shaky at 2-10 before star batsman Bradley Majtlis strode to the crease. Majtlis flayed the Carnegie attack to all parts on his way to a blistering 58, with vital support coming from veteran all-rounder David Fayman (29) and 1st XI debutant JJ Zimmet (17).

Maccabi AJAX were eventually dismissed for 139 in the final over of their innings.
Maccabi AJAX’s bowlers opened brightly, with both Adam Lubitz and Allan Goldstein claiming two wickets, but the away side’s inability to contain runs in the middle over ultimately cost them.

Skipper David Majtlis took 3 late wickets, including a superb catch by substitute fielder David Chester, but the leg spinner was unable to steer his side to victory, Carnegie finishing up with 159 for the loss of 9 wickets.

The 2nd XI had a difficult day hosting Carnegie, the visitors smashing 210 from their 40 overs, with debutant Adam Kahlberg (2-40) and Josh Sacks (3-50) the only multiple wicket takers.

In response the twos could only manage 98, with Simon Morawetz and Stuart Fayman both sharing the top score of 18.

The third XI’s fate was no better, handing Carnegie their third victory of the afternoon. Winning the toss and batting first opener Ben Morley top scored with 41, while stalwart Laurie Shneider made a well crafted 16 as the thirds were bowled out for 100 in 43 overs.

There was little to write home about in the field, with Jamie Hyams’ 2 wickets providing little consolation as Carnegie smashed 190 for the loss of 4 wickets.

The Silver Arc Sunday XI registered the club’s sole victory of the weekend, toppling arch rivals Thornbury Turf Strokers by 21 runs.

David Smith’s 24 led the side to a competitive total of 87 on a dicey wicket, before pacemen Adam Kahlberg (4-13) Yossi Herbst (2-12) and Brad Abrahams (3-9) routed the Turf Strokers for 66.

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