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Last-wicket heartbreak for Firsts

Posted: 22-Nov-2016 by Cricket Senior

Last-wicket heartbreak for Firsts

Maccabi AJAX’s First XI have fallen agonisingly short of their maiden win of the season, losing by one wicket to Yarra-United at Cordner Oval on Sunday.

The firsts were left to rue a number of missed opportunities in the field, a display that was well short of the expected level.

After posting 189 and having the home side 1/27 on day one, the Jackas toiled hard in the opening hour of the deciding day for no breakthrough.

All-rounder Nochum Paltiel was introduced into the attack and claimed the all-important first wicket of the day.

At 2/83 Yarra-United were cruising along before a brilliant piece of fielding by Adam Kahlberg affected a run-out that turned the game’s momentum.

A chaotic period before tea saw Zev Aron strike twice and Simon Fisher remove the home side’s opener who had been dropped numerous times on his way to 59.

At tea the Jackas could sense an upset victory, as Yarra-United slumped to 6/123.

After the break, the game’s intensity went up another notch. Stubborn lower-order partnerships denied the Jackas as more dropped catches began to take its toll.

Dov Paltiel’s third and fourth wicket brought his side within touching distance of a remarkable comeback win, as Yarra-United fell to 9/167.

A tense conclusion to the match was fitting, but it went against the Jackas who failed to claim the final wicket.

Yarra-United’s number ten batsman landed some telling blows as he guided his side to a thrilling one-wicket win.

Dov Paltiel continued his impressive all-round start to the season with economical figures of 4/56 from 17 overs, while Aron (2/48) proved hard to get away in his 15 overs.

Veteran tweaker Simon Fisher held up an end finishing with 1/15 from ten overs (five maidens).

Skipper Benji Jones bowled without luck, but toiled hard for 17 overs (0/44).


The loss sees the Jackas languishing on the bottom of the Mercantile A-Grade table after four rounds.

The Second XI were also on the receiving end of a narrow loss, as Monash Tigers held on for a two-wicket win at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Batting first the Jackas posted a competitive 8/150 from their allotted 45 overs.

The top order failed to set a platform, losing 4/35 in the crucial early stages.

Middle-order contributions from Ben Machlin (33*), Josh Jones (31) and Shmuli Rosenbaum (27) helped keep the Jackas in the game.

The visitors always had the momentum, eventually knocking off the required runs with two wickets and six overs to spare.


Jones capped off an all-round effort with 3/51 while youngster Benji Gore marked his debut with an impressive spell of nine overs, 3/22.

Meanwhile, the Circle of Latitude Third XI couldn’t backup their bowling effort, dismissed for just 82 against Power House at Armstrong Oval.

The Jackas rolled the visitors for 141 courtesy of a masterful bowling display from Co-captain Ian Jones. The evergreen left-armer claimed 5/19 off eight overs.

Jono Baruch continued his rich vein of form taking 4/29, which takes his tally to 11 scalps in the past three matches.


Only three batsmen managed double figures in the chase as the Jackas fell 59 runs short.

The Saturday XI lost to ladder-leaders Gunbower United by 31 runs at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The Jackas bowled with great discipline, restricting the visitors to 9/113 from 45 overs.

Skipper David Fayman was once again in the action claiming 3/15 from nine tight overs.

Ben Miller (2/22) and Dean Simon (2/30) were the other multiple wicket-takers.


In pursuit the Saturday XI could only manage 82 in 29 overs.

The First XI host Burnley CYMS in a two-day match commencing at 1pm this Sunday at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Aaron Fetter