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Finals hopes hanging in the balance

Posted: 20-Feb-2012 by Cricket Senior

David Fayman

By Nathan Rothschild

The Maccabi AJAX First XI has put in a poor display on the weekend, losing outright to Dingley after nearly claiming first-innings points.

Resuming their chase of 115 at 0/35, Dingley openers Andrew “Cannon” Calder and Captain Shane Campbell pushed the score to 56 before David Fayman’s first wicket triggered a massive collapse to turn the game on its head. Fayman (4/21) bowled in tandem with Captain David Majtlis (4/49) to see Dingley lose 7 for 36 runs, including the prized scalp of Joshua Warren-Carvalho.

With Dingley still requiring 24 runs to win, the first were unable to continue the run of wickets, Dingley eventually posting 160 to win on first innings with a lead of 45 runs.

What was to follow was one of the more embarrassing afternoon sessions seen at Oval 9 Albert Park.

With just 28 overs left in the day the ones capitulated for a paltry 49. Only one player, Simon Lipshitz, reached double figures, including one of the biggest hits ever at Oval 9, a massive lofted off drive into Albert Park Lake. Unfortunately the big fast bowler received no support as Dingley paceman Christo Otto took 5/13.

Dingley easily accounted for the 5 runs required for an outright victory, dashing the first’s finals hopes.

The 2nd XI fell short in their run chase away to Dingley, being dismissed for 126 runs, well behind home side’s total of 218 from week one.

After losing both openers early, some resistance was provided by the middle order consisting of young Aaron Fetter, Josh Sacks and veteran Leon Jacobs, however when Sacks (23) and Jacobs (25) were dismissed, the tail failed to wag and Dingley comfortably walked away with the points.

The Third X1 struggled in response to Canterbury’s 271 on the weekend.

Promising junior Benjamin Machlin top scored for the thirds with a crafty 18, including 2 remarkable switch hit boundaries. The only support Machlin received was from 15 extras as Maccabi AJAX was bowled out or 70.

Still required to negotiate 37 overs, the thirds dug in, led by man mountain Farrell Plavin with a classy 28. Stalwart Barry Kave negotiated the final over of play as the thirds barely escaped an outrighrt defeat, closing their second innings on 8/57.

The Silver Arc Sunday 4th X1 provided the only victory for Maccabi AJAX on the weekend, downing arch rival Thornbury Turf Strokers by 16 runs.

Batting first the fours posted 109, led by Daniel Wein’s 20, which included a number of delicate leg glances.

At 1/51 the Turf Strokers appeared to be cruising in response, before Brad Abrahams came on to bowl. The veteran all-rounder ripped through the Turf Stroker’s middle order claiming 5/23 including being on a hat-trick twice in the same game. Opening bowler Yossi Herbst chipped in with 3/7 to bowl the Strokers out for 93.

The Maccabi AJAX 1st XI take on Middle Park in their Round 11 match this Saturday at Princes Park No 4, Brooklyn Street South Caulfield. Play begins at 1pm.


  • 1st XI: Maccabi AJAX 115 (D Wiener 23 B Majtlis 22 D Majtlis 21) and 49 def by Dingley 160 (DA Fayman 4/21 D Majtlis 4/47) and 0/5
  • 2nd XI: Dingley 218 (CJ Woolf 4/53 S Morawetz 3/34 S Fisher 2/30) and 2/43cc def Maccabi AJAX 126 (L Jacobs 25 J Sacks 23)
  • 3rd XI: Maccabi AJAX 70 (B Machlin 18) and 8/57 (F Plavin 28) def by Canterbury 271 (F Plavin 5/30 B Kave 3/62)
  • Silver Arc 4th XI: Maccabi AJAX 109 (D Wein 20) def TTS Black 93 (B Abrahams 5/23 Y Herbst 3/7)
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