Wise is too clever for South­gate

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

A Tony Wise in­spired dis­play helped MAL main­tain their 100 per cent start to the Bar­ratts Mac­cabi Sun­day League with a com­fort­able vic­tory over South­gate.

MAL strug­gled against tight bowl­ing from Ray Bean and Nathan Bern­stein. Mark Lan­dau bat­ted rel­a­tively flu­ently for his 29 but the scor­ing rate never got much above four an over. At 56-1, MAL looked to have set a good plat­form, but wick­ets fell reg­u­larly, with only Wise (20) and Grant Traub show­ing the req­ui­site ap­pli­ca­tion re­quired on a tricky sur­face. One hun­dred and thirty nine was al­ways go­ing to be a com­pet­i­tive to­tal but the gen­eral feel­ing was that MAL might be 10-20 short.

South­gate’s re­ply was sti­fled by ex­cel­lent bowl­ing from Wise and Yoav Lebens. Wise took 4-8 in seven overs of con­trolled swing and seam. At 34-4, South­gate’s task looked all but im­pos­si­ble, and de­spite a gritty knock from Richard Is­raelite, MAL con­tin­ued to take wick­ets with Yoni Fi­dler (3-13) bowl­ing ag­gres­sively. Lan­dau re­placed Traub af­ter a five-over spell, and took a wicket in his over as MAL eased home by 61 runs.

Chigwell, led by Nigel Kat­seph, started their sea­son on a pos­i­tive note with vic­tory over New­lands & North­wood.

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