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Firsts in front after fighting day

Posted: 15-Nov-2016 by Cricket Senior

Firsts in front after fighting day

Maccabi AJAX’s First XI hold the upper hand in their two-day match against Yarra-United after posting 189 and claiming a crucial wicket before stumps on a rain-affected first day at Cordner Oval.

Despite the overcast conditions, skipper Benji Jones won the toss and elected to bat first.

In-form openers Nochum Paltiel and Zev Aron found it difficult to combat the discipline bowling of the home side.

Paltiel was the first to go for nine and Aron followed soon after for 23.

The middle order failed to steady the innings, seeing the Jackas slump to 4/66.

The firsts’ fightback came from an unlikely source as 16-year old Charlie Gross and all-rounder Dov Paltiel came together and batted the Jackas back into the contest.

The pair shared in a valuable 68-run stand, pushing the score along to 4/134 after lunch.

Paltiel fell short of a maiden half-century, trapped in front for a courageous knock of 46.

A couple of rain delays staggered the Jackas’ momentum and once play eventually resumed, conditions were swayed considerably in the bowling side's favour.

Gross’ defiant stand finally came undone when he edged behind for 44.

In just his second innings at the level, the youngster showed the grit and determination required of a batsman, traits not displayed by the majority of his more experienced teammates.

After the platform was set at 4/134, the Jackas went onto lose 6/54 and were bowled out for a competitive total of 189 in the 63rd over.

With ten overs left in the day, the firsts went into the field for a short spurt under deteriorating conditions hoping for a breakthrough or two before the close of play.

Dov Paltiel managed to sneak one through the defences of a Yarra-United opener to give the Jackas the ascendency at stumps on day one.


The home side will resume next Sunday at 1/27 and require another 163 for victory.

The Saturday XI continued their winning form with back-to-back victories in a T20 doubleheader against rivals Bentleigh at Gary Smorgon Oval.

In the first match the Jackas posted an imposing 3/158 from their 20 overs.

Openers Justin Tyler (25) and Ryan Fisher (13) made starts before Devan Spilkin (62*) and skipper David Fayman (42*) took the visitor’s attack apart, sharing in an unbeaten 85-run partnership.

Spilkin’s knock included seven boundaries while Fayman demonstrated his brutal hitting power with three fours and two sixes.

Bentleigh were never on track in their chase, ending up on 7/86 at the conclusion of their twenty overs, handing the Jackas a 72-run win.


Stuart Fayman led the charge with the ball, taking outstanding figures of 4/12 from his four overs, while teenage duo Sam Rosen (1/21) and Aaron Ostilly (1/22) continued their impressive introduction to senior cricket.  

The Saturday XI secured maximum points on a dominant day with victory in the second T20 by nine wickets.


Batting first Bentleigh managed 6/93 from their 20 overs. Stuart Fayman bowled well once again taking 1/9 from four overs, while Rosen (1/12) and Ben Miller (1/17) also restricted the visitors.

The Jackas chased down the total for the loss of one wicket with five overs to spare. Tyler was unbeaten on 43 while Joel Hamilton continued his strong form with the bat finishing on 36*.

The First XI continue their two-day match against Yarra-United at Cordner Oval at 12.30pm on Sunday.

Aaron Fetter