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Jackas still chasing elusive first win

Posted: 06-Dec-2016 by Cricket Senior

Jackas still chasing elusive first win

Maccabi AJAX’s First XI suffered a hefty seven-wicket defeat to Burnley after they failed to defend their first innings total of 168 at Gary Smorgon Oval on Sunday.

The loss relegates the Jackas to outright last on the Mercantile A-Grade table, but so tight is the competition they sit only a game and a half outside the top four with a game to play before the Christmas break.

Dov Paltiel and Benji Jones proved hard to get away with the new ball, helping the Jackas restrict the visitors to 0/32 at the first drinks break.

A runout brought about the first wicket of the day with the score on 63 and another fell shortly after when Adam Kahlberg claimed the key wicket of Burnley’s leading run-scorer this season.

The Jackas walked off at tea feeling as though they had won the session, despite the score on 2/97.

After the break early wickets were going to be the key for the home side, however they only managed one, courtesy of a brilliant caught and bowled effort by Paltiel.

Skipper Benji Jones used eight bowlers in an attempt to break the game open, but it was to no avail.

Jones gave J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' a mid-season review on Monday night. Listen back here.

Burnley held firm and chased the required runs with more than ten overs to spare and seven wickets in hand.

Fiery quick Josh Jones was the pick of the bowlers despite failing to take a wicket. He finished with economical figures of 11 overs, five maidens, 0/15.

Paltiel continued his all-round improvement with a tireless display of 16 overs, six maidens, 1/49.


“We let ourselves down with the bat, only managing 168 - that’s not enough at this level and it put undue pressure on our bowling attack,” Firsts captain Benji Jones told the AJN.

“We lack a strike bowler who can take early wickets and put the game on our terms, no matter what total is on the board,” Jones said.

The day before, the Saturday XI snapped a two-game losing streak, comfortably accounting for National by 43 runs at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The Jackas posted an imposing 4/191 off their allotted 45 overs after being sent into bat by the visitors.

Ryan Fisher (37) and Justin Tyler (11) began the innings positively, before Devan Spilkin (58*), David Fayman (33*) and Reece Israel (29) lifted the total towards 200.

Spilkin has enjoyed a brilliant return to the club, amassing 197 runs at an average of 66 from five innings.

He is the leading run-scorer at the Club this season and second in the C South competition.

16-year old debutant Bailey Epstein spun his side to victory, taking 4/38 as National were bowled out for 148.

Israel added 2/15 from eight tight overs.


The Saturday XI re-enter the top four and sit a game off top spot.

The bottom-placed First XI face a tough challenge when they play away to the top team South Yarra over the next two Saturdays at Como Park West.

Aaron Fetter