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Woolf reaches 300 as 1st XI stumble at home

Posted: 13-Feb-2012 by Cricket Senior

Craig Woolf bowling in the 2006/07 Grand Final against Middle Park

The Maccabi Ajax First XI has struggled on day 1 of their home match against Dingley, with the firsts unable to bat out their allotted overs.

Brad Majtlis (22) was promoted up the order to open the batting with young gun Brandon Friedman, the pair putting on 34 before Friedman was dismissed for 11 to a spectacular catch at second slip.

With several quick wickets following it was up to skipper David Majtlis to steady the ship. With Dingley bowler Joshua Warren-Carvalho keeping things tight from one end, Majtlis kept the scoreboard ticking from the other, notching up a classy 21 before being clean bowled.

Tailender Dean Wiener continued his impressive form with 23, while a massive late 6 from Simon Lipschitz required a ball replacement as it was unable to be retrieved from pit lane.

Paceman Allan Goldstein was the last man dismissed, as the firsts posted an under-par score of 115.

With 13 overs left in the days play the ones were unable to make a break through, with Dingley 0/32 at stumps.

The second XI has blown a fantastic opportunity to rout Dingley away, with four wickets from opening bowler Craig Woolf having the home side in desperate trouble with the score on 5/23.

Woolf’s fourth wicket represented a significant milestone, with the paceman becoming the first bowler in the history of the merged club to notch up 300 wickets. This, combined with his 98 wickets for Northern Maccabi CC, represents a wonderful career for the 40 year-old journeyman.

However the twos were unable to put Dingley away, with wicketkeeper Mark Fitch scoring 101 before late wickets to skipper Simon Morawetz (3/34) and off-spinner Simon Fisher (2/30)helped bowl Dingley out for 218 in the final over of the day.

The Third XI had a tough day in the field against Canterbury. Barry Kave toiled hard as he showed his decades of experience on his way to three wickets while young beanpole Farrell Plavin was the pick of the bowlers, extracting some fantastic bounce from the pitch as he took his first five wicket haul for the senior club.

Plavin’s final wicket dismissed Canterbury for 271 in the final over of the days play.

The fourth XI’s lack of depth found them wanting in their one-day game against Parkville on Sunday. Batting first, Josh Jones was the only batsman to look comfortable making 36 as the fours were skittled for 85.

There was a similar tale with the ball, with Yossi Herbst (4/27) being the only wicket taker as Parkville easily reached the required score.


  • 1st XI: Maccabi AJAX 115 (D Wiener 23 B Majtlis 22 D Majtlis 21) v Dingley 0/32
  • 2nd XI: Dingley 217 (C Woolf 4/53 S Morawetz 3/34 S Fisher 2/30) v Maccabi AJAX
  • 3rd XI: Maccabi AJAX v Canterbury 271 (F Plavin 5/30 B Kave 4/62)
  • 4th XI: Maccabi AJAX 85 (J Jones 36) def by Parkville District 4/105 (Y Herbst 4/27)
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