We’re not just here to make up the num­bers, says Lan­dau

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BYDANNYCARO “The spine of the team will be very strong”

MARK Lan­dau be­lieves that MAL will be able to mix it with the best when they make their Mid­dle­sex Sun­day League Di­vi­sion One de­but in a mouth-wa­ter­ing clash against London Mac­cabi Vale 1st next month.

The MAL vice-cap­tain, who will com­plete his pre-sea­son train­ing by tak­ing part at the London Marathon, be­lieves the team is well-equipped to main­tain the mo­men­tum of the last few years.

“Af­ter four enor­mously suc­cess­ful sea­sons in suc­ces­sion, MAL will be pre­sented with an ex­tremely tough test in 2012, fol­low­ing pro­mo­tion to the top di­vi­sion of the Mid­dle­sex Sun­day Cricket League,” Lan­dau said.

It prom­ises to be a busy year for Lan­dau — last sea­son’s JC player of the year — who will com­bine his du­ties at MAL with coach­ing du­ties at London Mac­cabi Vale colts sec­tion, as well as the Team GB Ju­nior Mac­cabiah squad.

He said: “Retaining Di­vi­sion One sta­tus is a tricky goal, but an at­tain­able one if we play to our abil­ity. With the 2nd XI hav­ing played seven games in 2011, the aim will be to match, if not ex­ceed that num­ber in 2012.” Much will be ex­pected of MAL’S most pro­duc­tive play­ers. Lan­dau had a stand out year with bat and ball in 2011. He blud­geoned 992 runs at an av­er­age of 55.11 and chipped in with 16 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 15.13.

Yoav Lebens will also be look­ing to catch the eye. He smashed 532 runs at an av­er­age of 40.92 and claimed 22 wick­ets at 22.14 last sea­son. Lan­dau said: “And if Rus­sell Corin and Grant Traub are avail­able reg­u­larly, the spine of the team will be very strong.”

MAL have lost the ser­vices of Grant Pakter and Yoni Schur­der, while fast bowler Os­car Brod­kin looks set to miss the open­ing weeks through in­jury.

London Mac­cabi Vale will be led by Neil Lederman, the club’s youngestever cap­tain. He is pre­dict­ing big things from all-rounders An­drew Green­wall Co­hen, Mark Bott and An­drew Daniels.

Lederman’s brother, Ben­jamin, won the LMV top player award last year and the cap­tain be­lieves “he will only get bet­ter”.

As for his hopes for the sea­son, Le­d­er­man­com­mented:“we­hopeto­com­pete for the MSCL Di­vi­sion One ti­tle and to con­tinue bring­ing through colts into the adult teams.”

New sign­ings in­clude Ben Frais, Gavin Di­a­mond and Richie Reggel, while Jerome Roith and Daniel Becker re­turn af­ter one-year sab­bat­i­cals.

Daniel Ca­plan, the new skip­per of the LMV 2nd XI, be­lieves ex­cit­ing times lie ahead for ev­ery­one con­nected to the club.

Ca­plan said: “We’re aim­ing to win the MSCL Di­vi­sion Three ti­tle and bring more young­sters through from the Vale academy.”

Young spin­ner Simeon Co­hen has been pin­pointed as “the one to watch,” while Lederman points to the emer­gence of Jonny Gould and Avi Hod­des.

New ad­di­tions in­clude Alex Brod­kin, Paul Har­rod and broth­ers, Jono and Josh Gaon.

The thriv­ing colts sec­tion is in for an­other busy year, with plans for some more academy matches, with a view of in­te­grat­ing play­ers into the men’s teams. An un­der-nine team will also be in­tro­duced while the Row­ley Lane club gained plan­ning per­mis­sion for out­door nets which will be of­fi­cially opened with a re­cep­tion at the ground on May 17.

Cap­tained by Danny My­ers, Chigwell & Hain­ault Syn­a­gogue will look to build on the suc­cesses of last sea­son when they won six out of nine com­pleted matches.

My­ers will be work­ing closely with vice-cap­tain Matt Mur­ray and the mes­sage is clear. “We want to play com­pet­i­tive, fair and friendly cricket in ev­ery game we play,” said Mur­ray.

“We also have some young play­ers who we hope will con­tinue to im­prove. The Ron­nie Shapiro Cup game against South­gate will be piv­otal as we know they will be out to avenge our one-wicket vic­tory from last year.”

Mur­ray has pin­pointed Alex Kat­seph “for his fiery open­ing bowl­ing spells” and 2011 player of the year Paul Sal­ador “for his all-round bril­liance” as the ones to watch. Also look out for Joshua Rose, the club’s most im­proved player last sea­son, along with Alex Kat­seph, who won the play­ers’ player ac­co­lade.

Asked about new sign­ings, Mur­ray com­mented “Get­ting some of the lads away from their wives for more than one Sun­day per sum­mer will make us feel like we have some new sign­ings.”

Chigwell have en­tered the Mac­cabi Cup and they will play old foes South­gate in the Ron­nie Shapiro Cup, as well as sev­eral friendlies against teams from Es­sex and east London.

Bel­mont & Edg­ware skip­per War­ren Aver­buch be­lieves his team has what it takes to win the MSCL Di­vi­sion Three ti­tle.

With Alex Good­man, Jonathan Feigen­baum and vice-cap­tain Jonny Evans lead­ing the bat­ting line-up, Aver­buch will be as­sisted in the bowl­ing depart­ment by the ev­er­green Neil Myeroff, broth­ers Jon and Ami Wyn­bourne and Gideon Restan.

Aver­buch said: “Win­ter nets have been re­ally pos­i­tive with a lot of new faces on both teams.”

Full pre­view at thejc.com/cricket

PHOTO: BEN AN­GEL

Mas­ter blaster: Yoav Lebens

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Cap­tain mar­vel: War­ren Aver­buch

PHOTO: VIVIEN STE­WART

Swing king: Andy Daniels

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