We’ll have real star qual­ity, says Glicher

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY JAMES MAS­TERS

STEVENGLICHERISHOPING a sprin­kling of Old Traf­ford magic will in­spire his South Manch­ester Sports Club side to glory in this year’s Greater Manch­ester Ama­teur Cricket League.

Glicher’s men have been un­der­go­ing train­ing at Lan­cashire County Cricket Club with play­ers be­ing put through their paces on a weekly ba­sis for the past two months.

And Glicher, whose side fea­tures award-win­ning bats­man Akiva Lieber­man, is hop­ing the train­ing picked up at the home of the County cham­pi­ons will give his side an ex­tra edge to their play this year.

“We’ve been pre­par­ing well for the new sea­son hav­ing had reg­u­lar coach­ing ses­sions at Old Traf­ford with LCCC since the be­gin­ning of Fe­bru­ary,” said Glicher.

“We have strength­ened our squad with the sign­ing of Steven All­weis this year and the fact that Huddy Lieber­man will be avail­able all sea­son.

“We fin­ished sixth in the league last year and will be look­ing to im­prove on this. Akiva Lieber­man was last year’s player of the year with sev­eral very im­pres­sive per­for­mances.

“We are hop­ing that he will con­tinue in a sim­i­lar vein this year which will en­cour­age other play­ers to up their game.

“D a v i d Co­hen has been im­press­ing in the nets, and other youngs t e r s i n c l u d - ing Josh Oehley are ex­pected to im­press.

“We are very con­fi­dent that we will im­prove on last year’s ef­forts as we have re­tained the bulk of the squad and have got used to the stan­dard ex­pected of us.”

Ray Tam­mam, cap­tain of Manch­ester Mac­cabi, is con­fi­dent of an im­prove­ment in his team’s for­tunes fol­low­ing a dis­ap­point­ing cam­paign last sum­mer.

“We fin­ished lower than we would have liked last sea­son in a tough new league and hope to do bet­ter this sea­son,” he said.

“Our key play­ers will in­clude Daniel Franks and Stu­art Simp­son and as we al­ways try to do - we will in­volve upand-com­ing young­sters as much as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing Rafi Dines and Joe Lewis, to name but two.

“We look for­ward to the sea­son start­ing at the end of April and hope­fully a bit of nice weather.”

Robert Marks has taken over from Josh Henry as the new cap­tain of Sal­ford Jewish CC and the skip­per has set his sights on help­ing his side move away from the lower reaches of the di­vi­sion.

He said: “We have a young squad, made up pri­mar­ily of schoolboys and stu­dents, but with enough ‘more ex­pe­ri­enced’ hands to help out and keep things tick­ing over. “Last year be­ing our first sea­son out­side of the Manch­ester Jewish Cricket League was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and we re­alised we had to quickly adapt to a far higher stan­dard of cricket.”

South all-rounder Akiva Lieber­man

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