Is­rael are rel­e­gated

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

A gutsy per­for­mance from Bel­mont & Edg­ware all-rounder Her­schel Gutman was not enough to save Is­rael from rel­e­ga­tion af­ter they lost an ICC Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion Two play­off against Croa­tia.

Host­ing an ICC cricket match for the first time, Is­rael re­stricted Di­vi­sion Three cham­pi­ons Croa­tia to a mod­est 153 from their al­lot­ted 45 overs at Tel Aviv’s Hadar Yosf Ath­let­ics sta­dium. Ably sup­ported by San­jay Gupta (0-14) and Isaac Mas­sil (2-27), Gutman took 2-25 from nine overs.

Is­rael’s re­ply got off to a dis­as­trous start as the early de­par­tures of Shalom Ruven,DoviMy­er­sandGup­ta­sawthem wob­ble to 7-3. Mas­sil (29) and Gutman (44) staged a re­cov­ery with South African born Gutman prov­ing the bedrock of the in­nings. He de­parted in the 40th over, caught at mid-wicket, and though the tailen­ders put up a spir­ited fight, they fell six runs short, dis­missed with four balls re­main­ing.

Is­rael man­ager Stan­ley Perl­man, said: “We bowled su­perbly, our field­ing was good, but the bat­ting was atro­cious — it let us down dis­mally.”

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