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Long season looms for Maccabi AJAX

Posted: 01-Nov-2016 by Cricket Senior

Long season looms for Maccabi AJAX

Last year’s premiers Parkville District posted 4/258 in 55.1 overs against the First XI before rain brought an early close to play on day one at Albert Park on Sunday.

Losing the toss on a flat wicket was the first thing to go against skipper Benji Jones and his side on a frustrating afternoon.

Parkville’s openers built their innings’ patiently before lifting the scoring rate, putting on a mammoth 182-run first-wicket stand.

Seven bowlers were used before the game’s first wicket was taken after tea. Opener Adam Klein returned for his second spell and claimed two quick wickets.


With still 20 overs of play remaining, the forecast storms arrived and washed out the remainder of the opening day’s play.

The revised playing conditions for next week means Parkville must bowl the Jackas out to win or the Firsts must chase the runs or bat all day to secure a draw.

Meanwhile, the Second XI was lucky to escape with a draw against Monash Tigers after a horror batting collapse saw them two wickets away from a heavy defeat when the rain settled in at Central Reserve.

Skipper Eli Barr decided to send the home side into bat and it looked a wise move early on with the score on 2/22, but handy contributions from the Tigers’ middle and lower order lifted their score to 185.

Opener Ari Werdiger bowled with good pace on his way to figures of 2/29 from eight overs, while Barr (2/29) and Josh Jones (2/34) were the other multiple wicket-takers.

The seconds’ chase was marred by an almighty collapse that saw them lose a staggering 5/5. Jones played a defiant hand before being dismissed for 21.


At 8/44 in the 23rd over the rain set in and gifted the Jackas a draw in a game they were bound to lose.

The Third XI managed a result in their clash with Power House at Fawkner Park before Sunday’s storm arrived.

Opting to bowl first, the Jackas were chasing leather for a disastrous 30-over period where Power House piled on 6/201 and then declared.

Co-captain Ian Jones was the only bowler to emerge with reasonable figures and was his team’s sole multiple wicket-taker with 2/23 from seven overs.

In reply the Jackas navigated a tough early period losing three wickets, but still managed to go at a decent scoring rate.


An all too familiar collapse saw the Thirds lose 7/31 in quick time and suffer a 105-run defeat.

Sam Brygel was the only batsman to pass double figures. He was dismissed for 26.

Finally after weeks of washouts and opposition forfeits the Saturday XI made a return for the club but were on the receiving end of a 98-run loss to Gunbower United at Fawkner Park.

The home side piled on the runs setting the Jackas 220 to win.

Skipper David Fayman marked his comeback with impressive figures of 3/12 from nine overs, while young left-arm spinner Sam Rosen bowled well without taking a wicket.

In pursuit of the total, Devan Spilkin (17) and Joel Hamilton (22) steadied after losing 2/9 early.


Middle order batsmen Justin Tyler (15) and Jason Webb (20) couldn’t go on with their starts, while some late heroics from Fayman (30 including six boundaries) wasn’t enough as Gunbower went onto bowl the Jackas out for 121 and record a comfortable victory.

The First XI continue their two-day match against Parkville at 12pm on Sunday at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The Seconds are away at Meade Reserve to Clayton District, the Third XI are at TH King Oval against Malvern and the Saturday XI play South Yarra at Como Park.

Aaron Fetter