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Mixed results for Macca Jackas

Posted: 08-Nov-2016 by Cricket Senior

Mixed results for Macca Jackas

Maccabi AJAX’s first XI put up a brave fight in their 157-run loss to reigning premiers Parkville District at Gary Smorgon Oval on Sunday.

Resuming play on day two with the visitors in total control at 4/258, the Jackas’ energy and improved effort was noticeable from the outset, resulting in three wickets before the batting side declared their innings on 7/333.

Adam Klein was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 4/82.

In reply, opener Zev Aron signalled his intent from ball one taking the challenge up to the best bowling side in the competition with his trademark aggression.

Skipper Benji Jones offered valuable support in a partnership that neared 100 before cutting straight to gully for 16.

Aron notched his maiden first XI half century but lost concentration shortly after.

He was dismissed for 65, a knock that came off 77 balls and included eight boundaries.

Dov Paltiel (21) and Adam Klein (15) were the only other batsmen to offer any resistance.

The Jackas lost a disappointing 10/80 after a promising start, but were by no means disgraced against the benchmark of the competition.


“I thought we showed backbone particularly on the second day,” first XI captain Benji Jones told the AJN.

“In the past we would have rolled over for less than a hundred but we dug in and showed some fight which is impressive for such a young and inexperienced group.

“By no means are we content with our performance because ultimately we suffered a heavy defeat and weren’t up to it with both bat and ball.

“We have to look forward and improve in those areas if we are to be competitive this season,” Jones said.

Meanwhile in the second XI a brilliant maiden century from youngster Nochum Paltiel wasn’t enough to secure victory as Clayton District stormed home to win by five wickets at Meade Reserve.

The Jackas posted a commanding total of 7/229 from their allotted 45 overs courtesy of a 120-run partnership between Paltiel (109) and Rafael Epstein (48).

Paltiel who opened the batting, found the boundary rope 12 times on his way to a brilliant hundred.

It was the club’s second century in two seasons.

The Jackas didn’t have the bowling depth to defend their score, as the home side reached 5/235 with 12 overs to spare.

Moshe Rosenbaum was the only multiple wicket-taker with 2/53.


The Circle of Latitude Third XI picked up their first win of the season chasing down Malvern’s 140 with five wickets in hand.

Left-armer Jono Baruch did the damage with the ball, claiming career-best figures of 5/19 in a scintillating opening spell.

Zak Pollak (3/29) and Ian Jones (2/36) also contributed.

In reply Co-captain Sam Brygel led the way with an unbeaten knock of 82 (ten boundaries) at the top of the order.

Brygel chatted to J-Air's 'On the Ball' about the win and his experience so far as a young Co-captain.

Nathan Joel chipped in with 27 as the Jackas cruised to a five-wicket win with 16 overs to spare.


The Saturday XI finally enjoyed the taste of victory, proving too strong for South Yarra at Como Park, winning by 41 runs.

Skipper David Fayman once again put in an all-round performance blasting 50 and taking 3/43.

Joel Hamilton (43), Devan Spilkin (39) and Ryan Fisher (34) guided the Jackas to a highly competitive score of 6/216 from 45 overs.

Returning paceman Ben Miller claimed an early wicket, while Dean Simon was the pick of the bowlers with 3/29 from nine overs.


The first XI face Yarra United away at Cordner Oval in a two-day match commencing this Sunday at 1pm.

The second XI are at home to the Hawks at 12.30pm, while the thirds host Glen Iris over on Albert Park Oval 12.

The Saturday XI play rivals Bentleigh at Gary Smorgon Oval at 12pm.

Aaron Fetter