We’ll finish the job in style, says Lederman
CRICKET NEIL Lederman is confident London Maccabi Vale will claim their second consecutive Chess Valley League promotion after an impressive 89-run victory over North Mymms.
Lederman was “surprised” LMV were asked to bat first by a previously unbeaten North Mymms team, but openers Mark Landau and Joseph Greenwall Cohen took to the task with relish.
Landau smashed 12 runs from the first over and the pair added 50 runs in nine overs. Greenwall Cohen’s departure saw Adam Brand join the action and, after a couple of early scares, he cut loose in typical fashion, adding 97 runs in 17 overs with Landau (75) who made his top score since joining from MAL.
A score close to 300 looked on the cards as LMV moved on to 164 from 27 overs, but a mid-order collapse was halted by useful contributions from Grant Reingold and Benjamin Lederman, with Brand eventually falling for 73 as LMV closed on 267.
North Mymms’s Herts Premier opener tucked into the Andrew Greenwall-Cohen, but a devastating spell from Benjamin Lederman kept LMV in charge.
Fresh from getting four wickets against the same club for Radlett the previous day, Lederman bowled his best spell of the season, allowing Greenwall Cohen to benefit with the first wicket, with Joseph Greenwall Cohen pouching a catch at mid-off. Two more quick wickets fell, with Andrew GreenwallCohen and Reingold capitalising.
Joseph Greenwall - Cohen-joined the attack and was rewarded with
two wickets in as many balls, with Jonny Gould and wicketkeeper Russell Corin showing a safe pair of hands, including the North Mymms opener who fell for an effortless 77.
Brand bowled with great control and guile, going for only 21 off his nine overs. He capped an excellent performance with a well-judged catch running backwards off Ben Lederman, who was brought back to clean up the tail as the visitors were dismissed off the last ball of the innings.
Lederman said: “There was a great all-round display in the field, especially from Adam Spooner and Grant Reingold.
“We never took our foot of the pedal and put a lot of pressure on all the Mymms top-order.
“Landau, Joseph Greenwall Cohen and Brand did an excellent job setting such a platform and Benjamin Lederman showed us that, when he tries, he is unplayable at this level.
“If we can beat St. John’s Wood, we’ll take another huge step forward for the future strength of this club.”
MAL all-rounder Yoav Lebens was among the wickets against Kensington & Chelsea, but a poor batting performance dented their Middlesex League hopes