Bar­nett tar­gets pro­mo­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

CRICKET SI­MON Bar­nett is con­fi­dent Lon­don Mac­cabi Vale can cel­e­brate their 60th an­niver­sary in style with pro­mo­tion from the Chess Val­ley League.

LMV have gained pro­mo­tion each sea­son since join­ing the CVL and they will be com­pet­ing against the likes of Stan­more, Winch­more Hill, Wem­b­ley and West-He rt sin a 10- team league where the top three teams go up. Ab­bots Lan­g­ley, Bess­bor­ough, Wat­ford Town, St John’s Wood and Ching­ford com­plete the lineup in Di­vi­sion Three.

LMV chair­man Si­mon Bar­nett said: “The se­nior team have had a fan­tas­tic run in re­cent years but I ex­pect them to find things tougher this year, play­ing against some of Lon­don’s top clubs.

“I’m con­fi­dent we can push on again and hope to see a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of LMV play­ers se­lected for the GB squad at the 2017 Mac­cabiah Games — both from the se­nior and ju­nior set-up.”

Win­ter nets for the men’s team com­menced this week while the colts squad start their prepa­ra­tions a week later.

Bar­nett ad­mits he is sur­prised by the drop in num­bers in the ama­teur game but he says LMV’s fu­ture looks bright. “It’s un­be­liev­able how few Jewish cricket teams there are in Lon­don to­day,” he said. “I’d love to see LMV re­turn to field­ing two XI’s and am con­scious of the gap be­tween our un­der-15 team and Se­niors.

“We need to en­cour­age more peo­ple who want to play to play and it’s vi­tal we con­tinue to pro­duce and main­tain the best fa­cil­i­ties avail­able.

“Cel­e­brat­ing 60 years is a tremen­dous mile­stone. We have main­tained and de­vel­oped the colts sec­tion over the years and I want all our ju­nior play­ers to con­tinue to learn, de­velop and progress with an even higher win ra­tio.”

LMV will hold an an­niver­sary sup­per at the end of the sea­son and Bar­nett said: “It should be an event that em­braces ev­ery­one, from pres­i­dents to hon­orary mem­bers, many of whom con­tinue to at­tend matches and sup­port us.”

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