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Hat-tricks headline winning weekend

Posted: 24-Feb-2016 by Cricket Senior

Hat-tricks headline winning weekend

The Maccabi AJAX Cricket Club fine-tuned their finals preparations with strong performances across all three teams on the weekend.

The Second and Circle of Latitude Third XI locked in a top-two finish with victories on Sunday, however the First XI’s faint finals chances never gained momentum, despite currently being ahead in their two-day game against Burnley at Loughnan Oval.

Weekend Scorecards

One’s skipper Josh Masel won the toss and sent the home side into bat in glorious conditions, but last season’s premiers showed little fight against the new ball, with both Jackas’ openers striking early.

Wickets fell regularly as Benji Jones settled into a long spell, continuing his strong form.

He was backed up well in the field with Moishe Chaiton holding onto a tough chance to his right, while Nochum Paltiel affected a sharp run-out.

Burnley slumped to 7/80 at the tea break, but its lower order did well to tick the score up over 100, to eventually be all out for 112 in the 61st over.

Jones claimed his second consecutive four-wicket haul finishing with impressive figures of 4/31 off 15.5 overs.

Adam Klein proved hard to get away in his spell, taking 2/12 while Simon Fisher bowled with great discipline, taking two wickets and conceding just four runs from eight economical overs.

The Jackas had to see out the remaining 14 overs of the day, but failed to escape the tricky period unscathed, losing 3/30, including the vital wickets of Jones and Masel.

Meanwhile, the Second XI failed to shake their persistent batting woes, but scraped through to record an unconvincing two-wicket win against Thornbury at home, but more importantly guarantee a top-two finish.

Bowling first, the Jackas strong pace attack shared the load to dismiss the visitors for 103.

Josh Jones stormed back into form taking 3/15 off 6.5 fast and furious overs.

But the day belonged to 18-year old Adam Kahlberg who not only claimed his first Senior five-wicket haul but took a hat-trick, claiming the wickets of the last three Thornbury batsmen.

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With last weekend’s batting saviour Moishe Chaiton promoted to the First XI, pressure was on for others to take responsibility when their opportunity came.

There was little application and grit shown by the top order as Thornbury claimed the upper hand, limiting the Jackas to 5/43 before the drinks break.

Finally the resistance arrived as Josh Jones and Dean Spilkin joined forces, putting on 27 before Jones was caught for 14.

Spilkin, 17, batted maturely under pressure, combining for 24 with Dov Paltiel, before being dismissed for a vitally important 32.

When Paltiel was removed for seven, the score sat precariously at 8/101, however Sam Brygel (7*) and Kahlberg (5*) held firm to see the Seconds to victory.

The Third XI also secured a top-two finish with a polished performance against fourth-placed Parkville District at Brens Oval.

MCA Ladders

The home side batted first and looked well on their way to a commanding total at 2/106, however the Jackas managed to claim the remaining eight wickets for just 33 runs.

Opener Nadav Moskow did the damage in his second spell, taking the club’s second hat-trick of the weekend, to finish with 3/20 off 6.2 overs.

Part-time off spinner Aaron Fetter finished with 3/40 from his nine overs, while Yisroel Rosenbaum picked up two important wickets.

In reply, the Jackas lost an early wicket, but Mendi Rosenbaum and Nathan Joel steadied, putting on 32 runs, before Rosenbaum was bowled for 22 with the score on 43.

This brought Joel and Fetter together, and the pair quickly took the game away from the home side, sharing in a match-winning 70-run partnership.

Joel was dismissed for 26, before Fetter kicked on to see the Thirds home to a six-wicket win as he finished unbeaten on 54 with Levi Rosenbaum at the other end on 12.

The First XI continue their two-day match against Burnley at Loughnan Oval on Sunday February 28 at 1pm, while the Second and Third XI play one more regular season match before their much anticipated finals campaign. 

A big thank you to Peter Haskin from the AJN for this photo gallery of the First XI's bowling effort vs Burnley on the weekend