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Stoic skipper leads the way

Posted: 29-Nov-2016 by Cricket Senior

Stoic skipper leads the way

A brave innings from First XI captain Benji Jones guided his side to a competitive total of 170 against rivals Burnley at Gary Smorgon Oval on Sunday.

Jones, who battled illness over the weekend was forced to bat lower down the order, but couldn’t escape responsibility as the firsts’ top order crumbled, losing 4/26 after being sent into bat by the visitors.

All-rounder Dov Paltiel steadied the Jackas’ innings with his captain, combining for a vital 52-run partnership.

At the tea break there was still plenty to do with the score on 4/71. Paltiel’s concentration was finally broken as he fell for 21 in an attempt to lift the scoring rate.

The lower order failed to dig in and offer support to Jones who continued to deny the Burnley attack with his steely defence and unwavering patience.

Jones spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night about his match-saving innings. Listen here.

Steven Lustig scored just seven runs in a crucial 54-run stand with Jones for the ninth wicket, as the latter quickly shifted to an attacking mode.

Jones moved speedily past fifty and finished unbeaten on 71 as the Jackas were bowled out for 170 in the 73rd over.


Burnley faced three overs before stumps on the opening day and will resume next week on 0/2.

Meanwhile, the Second XI suffered a 31-run defeat to Malvern in a T20 fixture at Fawkner Park.

The Roosters batted first and posted 6/114 off their allotted overs.

Moshe Rosenbaum was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3/17 off three overs, while fellow youngster Eli Lederberger chipped in with 2/21.

The run chase started poorly for the Jackas, losing in-form opener Nochum Paltiel for naught.


Shmuli Rosenbaum (21) was the only batsman to offer any resistance, as the seconds were bowled out for 83 in the 19th over.

The Circle of Latitude Third XI fought hard but fell 57 runs short in their One Day match against Canterbury at Armstrong Oval.

Bowling first, the Jackas restricted the visitors to 9/139 from 45 overs.

Alon Katz impressed with figures of 3/25 from eight overs, while Co-captain Ian Jones continued his wicket-taking form with 2/25 from his nine-over spell.

The Jackas got off to a positive start with Sam Brygel and Zac Aflalo pushing the score to 20 without the loss of a wicket.


An all too familiar collapse saw the Jackas lose 6/26 and eventually the match, finishing the 45 overs on 8/82.

The Saturday XI slumped to their second consecutive loss at home, handing Monash University a convincing 75-run victory.

The visitors recovered from 4/31 to post a competitive total of 147.

For the Jackas, Dean Simon picked up 3/31, while the Fayman brothers, David and Stuart, took two apiece.

The top side proved too strong, bowling the Jackas out for just 72 after 33 overs.


Youngster Aaron Ostilly played an impressive loan hand and finished unbeaten on 20.

The First XI continue their two-day match against Burnley at Gary Smorgon Oval on Sunday at 1pm.

Aaron Fetter