MAL vic­tory a big re­lief for Landau

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY DAVID GOLD “We were not any­where near our best.”

MAL edged to a two-wicket win in a close fought en­counter with Old Hab­er­dash­ers at Crox­dale. Cap­tain Mark Landau was re­lieved with the win and felt his team could have played bet­ter on the day.

“It’s al­ways nice to get an­other win un­der the belt, es­pe­cially as this was a tricky sur­face for all the bats­men,” he said.

“We were not any­where near our best, and there are greater chal­lenges to come be­fore the end of the sea­son.”

Landau won the toss and bowled first, and it proved a sound de­ci­sion as his team made a pos­i­tive start. Mark Lazar took the first two wick­ets, lim­it­ing the Hab­er­dash­ers bats­men to a sin­gle run in the process.

Abid and Anil Khan then started to build a part­ner­ship be­fore Jon Beg­ner bowled the lat­ter for 17, but the next bats­man he bowled out ini­tially re­fused to walk as con­tro­versy en­sued. Beg­ner wasn’t rat­tled though, and he bowled an­other Hab­er­dash­ers man for a duck, be­fore Lazar took his third wicket.

Abid Khan con­tin­ued to pro­vide stern re­sis­tance with a fine 48, but Landau took the fi­nal wicket to re­strict their op­po­nents to 112.

De­spite the rea­son­able tar­get, MAL found them­selves up against it early on.

John Lazar, Sami Ali and Gideon Sa­cof­sky all went with­out scor­ing heav­ily, but a part­ner­ship of 50 be­tween Landau and Uzair Ali put MAL back on course and look­ing good at 83 for four.

Landau was then caught out and Lazar soon fol­lowed, and a poor run con­tin­ued with Ali fin­ish­ing on 29. Beg­ner was then bowled as he looked to edge MAL to vic­tory but Si­mon Levy even­tu­ally man­aged to se­cure the win with just two wick­ets re­main­ing.

There was also suc­cess for Lon­don Mac­cabi Vale, who claimed a 122 run vic­tory over Botany Bay.

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