Lustig­man eyes Is­rael bowls tour

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport -

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

PHOTO: MARK MORRIS

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