The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

MAL moved a step closer to win­ning the Mid­dle­sex Sun­day League Divi­sion Two crown af­ter win­ning a nail-biter against ti­tle ri­vals SKLP.

All-rounder Yoav Lebens was the star of the show in an 11-run vic­tory.

Vice-cap­tain Mark Lan­dau gave MAL a solid start as they moved to 42-1 af­ter 11 overs.

Lebens came out in ag­gres­sive mood, strik­ing six crisp bound­aries in a 25-ball knock of 34 be­fore he was bowled by a de­liv­ery that kept low.

Grant Pak­ter mixed care­ful de­fence with some crisply struck drives and cuts dur­ing a 69-run part­ner­ship with Kevin Ven­ter. Pak­ter went through to his fourth half cen­tury of the sea­son be­fore Ven­ter was caught for a well made 22. Pak­ter’s in­nings was even­tu­ally ended by a ter­rific catch be­hind. He scored 70 off 98 balls.

The ever­green Char­lie Sher­rard added some im­pe­tus to­wards the end of the in­nings with some in­ven­tive stroke­play that helped MALto close on 195-6.

Good bowl­ing from Lebens, Os­car Brod­kin, Grant Traub and Sher­rard made runs hard to come by at the start of the SKLP re­ply.

Af­ter tea, Lebens and Os­car Brod­kin opened the bowl­ing. They bowled well butwith­outre­ward.Thegamechanged with the in­tro­duc­tion of slow bowlers Sher­rard and Grant Traub. Both were out­stand­ing – ac­cu­rate and prob­ing through­out.

Sher­rard and Traub teamed up for the first wicket with Josh Good­man show­ing a safe pair of hands to give Sher­rard his first of two wick­ets.

A part­ner­ship of 83 kept SKLP in the game but Yoav Lebens re­turned to the at­tack to claim a vi­tal wicket. Two more wick­ets from last sea­son’s JC Young Player of the Year kept MAL in charge on a day when they took all their chances in the field.

With SKLP need­ing 17 runs off the MID­DLE­SEX SUN­DAY LEAGUE DIVI­SION TWO MAL 195-6 (40 overs) Grant Pak­ter 70, Yoav Lebens 34 SKLP 184-9 (40 overs) Yoav Lebens 3-42 MAL won by 11 runs fi­nal over, Ven­ter held his nerve, claim­ing a wicket with the last ball of the match to see MAL home.

Gavriel Lebens’ men can se­cure the league ti­tle by win­ning their two re­main­ing games.

MAL 2nd were beaten by 22 runs in a well-con­tested friendly against Crouch End.

Cap­tain Mark Klinger, Antony Cowan, Avi Gel­ley and Mark Lazar bowled well, re­strict­ing Crouch End to 160-7 off 35 overs.

Will Vig­noles top-scored with 33 while Joel New­man blasted four bound­aries in his 29. Lazar also added 29 runs with Cowan con­tribut­ing 29 but in the end MAL fell short. GREATER MANCH­ESTER AMA­TEUR LEAGUE Manch­ester Mac­cabi 33 all-out Haughton Green 34-0 Manch­ester Mac­cabi lost by 10 wick­ets NJCL T20 FI­NAL Sal­ford 88 South Manch­ester 89-8 South won by 2 wick­ets FRIENDLY Crouch End CC 160-7 (35 overs) MAL 2nd XI 138 Will Vig­noles 33 MAL lost by 22 runs


Yoav Lebens con­trib­uted with bat and ball as MAL took an­other step to­wards the Mid­dle­sex Sun­day League ti­tle

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