Brand keeps LMV on course for ti­tle

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

CRICKET A run-a-ball in­nings of 99 from Adam Brand helped Lon­don Mac­cabi Vale record a com­pre­hen­sive seven-wicket vic­tory over Ching­ford.

An im­pres­sive all-round bowl­ing dis­play lim­ited Ching­ford to an un­der­par to­tal of 154, be­fore Brand stole the show with a dom­i­nant knock out to see Vale home.

LMV won the toss and elected to bowl first and, de­spite Ching­ford bat­tling solidly, Vale’s bowlers were con­sis­tent and al­ways had the scor­ing rate un­der con­trol.

Wick­ets were shared around be­tween Steven All­weis, Simeon Co­hen, Ben­jamin Le­d­er­man, Neil Le­d­er­man and Brand — a strong team ef­fort re­strict­ing the vis­i­tors to just over three runs an over.

In re­sponse, Brand looked in fine fet­tle from the start. Fresh from lead­ing Team MGB to a sil­ver medal at the Mac­cabiah Games, he ma­noeu­vered the ball around the out­field and brought his half-cen­tury up from 70 de­liv­er­ies.

Ben­jamin Le­d­er­man struck a quick­fire 40 to al­le­vi­ate any pres­sure at the other end.

Adam Spooner then kept Brand com­pany to guide LMV over the fin­ish­ing line. Brand was on 95 when LMV re­quired just two to win — and try as he might to clear the ropes to reach a wellde­served cen­tury, Brand could only hit a four to leave him tan­ta­lis­ingly close as LMV se­cured their fourth tri­umph in five Chess Val­ley League matches.

LMV host Ab­bots Lan­g­ley at Row­ley Lane on Sun­day.

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