In­vin­ci­ble MAL re­main un­beaten to take the spoils

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

AS the sea­son draws to a close it is time to fo­cus on the play­ers and teams who caught the eye on the field of play.

MAL and South Manch­ester Mac­cabi had mem­o­rable cam­paigns, de­spite the bad weather do­ing its best to ruin the pro­gramme.

MAL won the Mac­cabi League tre­ble af­ter land­ing the Bar­ratts Sun­day League ti­tle, play­off tro­phy and Twenty20 com­pe­ti­tions.

They went into the sea­son un­beaten in all com­pet­i­tive cricket and have re­mained un­beaten in all Sun­day cricket since June.

Skip­per Gavriel Lebens said: “I’m proud of the team’s ef­forts, we’ve had a great spirit and backed up some re­ally fine dis­plays in all de­part­ments.”

All-rounder Richie Young was the team’s star man. He hit 552 runs, in­clud­ing one cen­tury and three half cen­turies, at an av­er­age of 42.67. He also claimed 24 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 18. Mark Lan­dau, Tony Wise and Char­lie Sher­rard also caught the eye.

South Manch­ester were pipped at the post as they at­tempted to repli­cate MAL’s achieve­ments. Richard Black­ston’s Bury & White­field won the NJCL Cup af­ter South hand clinched the league ti­tle and Twenty20.

Lon­don Mac­cabi Vale missed out on the Mid­dle­sex Sun­day League ti­tle. Jon Gal­loway’s troops lost just once but lost three matches to the rain which forced them to fin­ish third, be­low cham­pi­ons UCS Old Boys and Stan­more. Ri­vals Belmont & Edg­ware were one of four scalps along the way.

LMV team won its first match in the Evening Stan­dard Tro­phy be­fore suc­cumb­ing to los­ing fi­nal­ists Sun­bury.

Adam Brand topped Vale’s aver­ages with 58.71 fea­tur­ing two cen­turies and one 50 while opener Paul Dur­ban was the club’s top run-scorer with 429 runs, in­clud­ing four half cen­turies. He av­er­aged 42.90.

Neil Lederman was the top wick­et­taker with 21 vic­tims, with younger brother Ben hold­ing the best av­er­age of 9.93. Fast bowler Ryan Kangisser im­pressed with the ball

The de­par­ture of key play­ers, in­clud­ing Her­schel Gut­man, hit Belmont & Edg­ware hard. He was re­placed by Aus­tralian bats­man Bron­son Rit­ter­man. High­lights of the sea­son were a Rit­ter­man league hat-trick and 144 by Si­mon Dur­ban. Open­ing bowler Saul Weitz­man was their star per­former.

Ev­er­green bowler Nor­man Marine helped Old Chom­leans claim their third con­sec­u­tive pro­mo­tion in Satur­day cricket. Marine, who also played for Ca­sual No­mads, took 22 wick­ets.

Team GB Mac­cabiah man­ager Nigel Roth­band hit 93 in his fi­nal sea­son with Chor­ley­wood. He also played a lead role for Hert­ford­shire Over 50s.

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