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More silverware for Maccabi AJAX

Posted: 22-Mar-2016 by Cricket Senior

More silverware for Maccabi AJAX

Melbourne Jewish cricket continued its upward trend on the weekend with the Maccabi AJAX Junior Cricket Club’s Under 15 Warriors securing the Premiership over Mount Waverley White in the Inner South East Cricket Competition’s Gary Kitto Shield.

Last week the boys posted a modest but defendable total of 128 before being bowled out in the penultimate over of the innings.

Openers Gabe Harris (15) and Elijah Mills (17) got the Jackas off to a flying start, putting on 34 before Harris and number three, Captain Corey Zielinski departed in quick succession.

At 2/34 the innings needed to be stabilised and the task was embraced by Vinnie Page. Despite wickets falling regularly around him, he lifted his side’s total towards 100 with help from Noah Michmacher who chipped in with a useful knock of 23*.

Page’s innings came to a close on 40 before his side was dismissed for 128.

The next week, the Under 15s coached by senior player Benji Jones, shook off some early nerves to have Mount Waverley 7/43 at the tea break.

Openers Michmacher (0/8) and Aaron Corne (0/11) kept it tight in the first ten overs, before the spin of Bailey Epstein (2/23) and Elijah Mills (1/11) had the visitors in a spot of bother.

Not long after they resumed, the final three wickets were taken, with Zielinski taking two of them, finishing with (2/8) as the Jackas celebrated the club’s first junior flag since season 2012/13.

At the club’s annual awards ceremony on Monday night, Page was handed the Michael Catts Trophy for being the player of the finals.

Along with his innings of 40, he proved the match-winner with the ball, claiming 4/0 off five overs, as well as a run-out in a remarkable display.

Page was also given the Peter Fisher Memorial Award as the most improved junior cricketer having scored 260 runs at an average of 86, as well as taking 10 wickets.

Arguably the most coveted prize of the night-the Julien Wiener Award for the most outstanding junior cricketer, went to Under 17s Captain Benji Gore who enjoyed a breakout season of junior, senior and representative cricket.

The Norm Rubinstein Memorial Award for the most promising junior cricketer went to Under 13s batsman Remy Spicer who managed 240 runs at an average of 48.

Finally, the Max Melamed Memorial Trophy for outstanding service went to Marc Felman, a parent who managed the club’s growing Milo Cricket program.

Aaron Fetter