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Thirds join Seconds in Grand Final feast

Posted: 08-Mar-2016 by Cricket Senior

Thirds join Seconds in Grand Final feast

Maccabi AJAX’s Circle of Latitude Third XI capped off an historic weekend for the club, recording a four-wicket win in the final over of their Semi-Final against Parkville District on Sunday at Flemington Rd Oval, reaching the club’s second grand final of the season.

Photo courtesy: Peretz Schapiro

The last time two club teams won premierships in the same season, was the First and Third XIs back in season 1983/84, when the club was known as the AJAX Cricket Club.

Club Grand Final History

Skipper Eli Barr won the toss and bowled, with openers Adam Kahlberg and Daniel Wein executing a tight and disciplined opening spell.

The introduction of Nadav Moskow (2/32) and Barr, proved damaging, as the pair tore through Parkville’s top order, leaving them reeling at 4/21.

Wein (1/17) returned for his second spell and claimed his first wicket immediately, as the batting side crumbled to 5/21.

Barr continued to wreak havoc at the other end, completing his nine over spell, with remarkable figures of 5/4 including seven maidens.

Thirds Skipper Eli Barr gave a modest recount of his bowling perfromace to On the Ball

At 7/46, Parkville’s number five, Sayid Sadiq counterattacked, swinging his way to 50 and in the process, lifting his side to a modest but defendable 9/111 at the conclusion of their 45 overs.

Photos courtesy: AJN/Peter Haskin

Evidence of the Thirds’ dominance and control of the innings was seen in the 17 maidens they bowled.

The run chase started slowly and uneventfully, until three quick wickets were lost, placing the pressure on the Jackas’ middle order at 3/28.

Experienced heads, Ben Machlin and Eli Adelist steading the innings, combining in a 40-run partnership, before Adelist was caught on 22.

Another wicket shortly after, caused some nervous times, but Machlin and Levi Rosenbaum (21*) continued to tick off the required runs.

Three runs short of victory, Machlin’s important innings of 34 came to a close, and despite still having four wickets in hand, the Jackas left it late, eventually knocking off the final runs with three balls to spare, to complete a tense chase.

Match Scorecard

Seconds storm into Grand Final

The Third XI will face Bentleigh in the D-Sunday Grand Final at Fawkner Park 2, this Sunday March 13 with play to commence at 11am.

Aaron Fetter