Brand keeps LMV on course for title
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.