Lustigman eyes Israel bowls tour
Maccabi GB Vice President Stuart Lustigman has set his sights on launching a lawn bowls tour to Israel. The tour party includes 17 male and ten female bowlers together with nonplaying spouse totalling 36 people.
The team, which leaves next month , will face five days of stiff competition in a week long programme with a two day match against Ra’anana and further contests against Ramat Gan, Haifa and Jerusalem Bowls Clubs.
“I have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest that I have received for this tour,” said an excited and enthusiastic Lustigman.
“I hope that, like the Masters Football tours, it will be a forerunner for regular visits to Israel.
“A few of the players have had Maccabiah experience but the majority have not, so it is a great opportunity for them to be making this trip.
“The idea struck me when I particpated in the Maccabi Australian International Games in Sydney last December, where Israel had a large contingent”.
The upcoming tour will include a visit to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the world renowned Bahai Gardens in Haifa, a guest speaker from the IDF and a meeting with StandByUs as well as sharing a 30th anniversary dinner with the Ra’anana Bowls Club”.
The seventh Maccabi Masters Football Tour of Israel will take place at the end of October when the squad will take part in four games in six days. There are still two places available for any players over 45 years of age and anyone who is interested in representing the the team should contact MaccabiMastersFL@aol.com.
London Maccabi Vale 1st’s title hopes went up in smoke after they they crashed to a six wicket defeat against rivals MTSSC in the Middlesex Sunday League Division One.
Vale had batted reasonably well from the start, though they slowed down during the innings to finish with 172 from 40 overs. John Galloway was the highest scoring batsman for Vale, registering 30 before being caught out.
The game was closer than the final result suggested though, with Vale’s bowling posing problems for MTSCC, who were two points ahead of their rivals going into the clash. Two wickets from captain Saul Weitzman in quick succession put them into a strong position, with their opponents behind the run rate at the half way point, and Raffi Polatinski posing questions of MTSCC with economical bowling, restricting them to 25 runs from 8 overs.
However an inspired performance from an MTSCC batsman won the game, bludegoning 92 to crush Vale’s hopes with six wickets to spare.
Though there are two rounds of the season still to play, Weitzman concedes that his team won’t win the league as they are the only side to have stopped their title rivals winning all season.
“Although we are upset to lose, we’ve done amazingly well with a half strength team throughout the season to get this close to winning the league,” he said.
“In the end, neither the batting or bowling was good enough in the final game.”
One team whose title hopes remain very much alive though are MAL, who won by five wickets against London Maccabi Vale 2nds to move to within one win of the Middlesex Sunday Cricket League Division Two title, clinching promotion in the process.
“It feels fantastic having secured our second successive promotion,” Mark Landau said.
“The performance of all the boys has been brilliant throughout the season.
“We are now fully focused on our final league game and clinching the title.”
MAL skipper Gay Lebens won the toss and elected to put Vale in to bat. Grant Pakter’s bowling in particular was superb in the first over, taking two for 24, with Yoav Lebens claiming three for nineteen.
Jonathan Gould and Sim Cohen batted well for Vale to keep them in the game, but some more impressive bowling from Grant Traub, who saw just 14 runs recorded during his eight overs, and a superb four for six from captain Landau meant that MAL skittled their opponents all out for 118.
When MAL came to the crease they found themselves up against tricky bowling from Vale, with Jamie Breslaw and Jon Lederman asking questions of the opposing batsmen. Landau and John Lazar started to pile on the runs for MAL, with the captain reaching a total of 59 before being caught out. Rothband took two for four and Lederman another t wo for 22, but Lazar and Traub hit boundaries to guide their side towards the target with five wickets remaining.
It was also a good weekend for Chigwell and Hainault, who defeated local rivals Nazeing Common by 13 runs thanks to an impressive bowling and fielding performance.
Chigwell chose to bat first but with five quick wickets taken, captain Matt Murray’s side were always up against it. Jamie Stevens hit 36 runs and Stuart Kaye a further 21 but a valiant last wicket of 25 left Chigwell all out for 142 f r o m 3 1 . 4 overs.
As Nazeingcame in to bat t h e y former took three wickets as Chigwell made life difficult for their opponents.
Nigel Katseph replaced Myers and bowled 3 overs, taking two for 10, and Murray then took another wicket to leave Nazeing 13 wickets short.
“Our top-order batsmen didn’t deliver enough runs as they are capable of but it was symbolic of our team ethos that the bowlers stepped up and bailed us out,” a relieved Murray said.
“It was a terrific comeback and a gutsy performance by all involved.”
Meanwhile, South Manchester defeated Manchester Maccabi by five wickets at Gatley in the Greater Manchester Amateur league.
Having won the toss, South decided to bowl first, with Lieberman brothers Huddy and Akiva giving the Maccabi batsmen a tough opening, with their captain Ray Tammam registering an innings of 31. Glick took three for 24 from 10 overs, and Huddy Lieberman added two from 23, as Maccabi finished on 140 for 8.
When South went in to bat, they were confronted by the pacey bowling of left arm bowler Steven Allweiss, which caused the South batsmen problems. It took the intervention of Akiva Lieberman, together with David Schonfield, to register 59 and get South back into the contest. Lieberman and David Tussie were then caught out by Simpson, leaving South on 88 for 5 and struggling to reach the target. But a superb partnership from Huddy Lieberman, who took 35 not out, and F e l d man, a d d i ng another 17, saw South ease home with five wickets to spare, leaving them sixth in the table.
Salford slumped to a six-wicket defeat against Olympic MSJ after a poor batting performance allowed their opponents to cruise home.
Jonny Wineberg was forced to retire hurt after making an unbeaten 33 as Salford limped to 76-9.
Daniel Paul took 2-20 and Robert Marks grabbed 2-11 as Salford made a fist of it but Olympic eased home with plenty of overs to spare in a one-sided affair.
would have been confident of sealing the win, but Alex Katseph and Stuart Kaye kept the bowling tight. They had to wait until the 13th over to take the first wicket though after Murray made a good catch. Stevens and Danny Myers then came on to bowl, and the
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