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Macca Jackas poorly placed at mid-season break

Posted: 20-Dec-2016 by Cricket Senior

Macca Jackas poorly placed at mid-season break

Maccabi AJAX recovered from a poor showing last weekend to secure two wins, however they enter the mid-season break with only one of their four teams poised for finals action.

The Second XI snapped a five-game losing streak beating Malvern by four wickets at Gary Smorgon Oval on Sunday.

In pursuit of 140 set by the visitors, the Jackas were cruising at 1/85 thanks to a solid opening stand by Zev Aron (37) and Dov Paltiel (32), however a collapse of 4/11 in five overs threatened to derail their chances.

A gutsy 32-run partnership between Ben Machlin and 14-year old Sam Rosen (14) placed the Twos in reach of victory.

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Stand-in skipper Simon Fisher held his nerve and guided his side home with two overs to spare.

He finished unbeaten on 11, while Machlin walked off with a vital knock of 22 not out.

Earlier, Paltiel led the bowling attack with figures of 3/24 from eight overs, while Adam Kahlberg (2/14) and Fisher 2/26 helped restrict Malvern to 9/140 after their allotted 45 overs.

The Seconds have found the going tough since moving up a grade after their Premiership successes last season.

After seven completed matches they sit last on the Mercantile A Sunday ladder with a record of 2-5, however they are only a game and a half outside the top four.

At the midway point of the season Nochum Paltiel (166 runs at an average of 55.33) and Benji Jones (135 at 67.50) are the only two batsmen to have passed the triple figure mark.

Dov Paltiel (11 wickets at 8.36) has been the best performer with the ball so far.

The Third XI were on the wrong side of a 115-run defeat when they travelled to face the finals bound Canterbury on Sunday.

The home side gleefully accepted the Jackas decision to send them into bat, piling on 7/262 after 45 overs.

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Co-captain Ian Jones (4/55) continued his fruitful comeback, taking his season tally to 22 wickets at an impressive average of 9.86.

The seasoned veteran is the leading wicket-taker at the Club and of the Mercantile C Sunday Grade.

Jono Baruch chipped in with 2/35 to have 15 scalps for the season.

The Third XI have also struggled adapting to the higher standard after last season’s Premiership and promotion.

They sit last on their division’s ladder with a record of 2-6, and are three games outside the top four.

Co-captain Sam Brygel has led the way with the bat scoring 181 runs at an average of 25.86 after eight matches.

The Saturday XI easily accounted for Monash University, securing a six-wicket win at Gary Smorgon Oval and a top-two spot at the season’s mid-point.

The Jackas restricted Monash to 9/138 on the back of Dean Simon (3/24) and young left-arm spinner Sam Rosen (2/10 off six overs).

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Veteran Simeon Goldenberg marked his comeback with an unbeaten half century as he eased the Jackas over the line with six wickets in hand.

Devan Spilkin has been the Saturday XI’s most prolific run-scorer with 197 at 65.67, while skipper David Fayman has shown his allround ability with 174 runs at 43.50 to go along with his 13 wickets.

The First XI will return from the break still in search of their maiden win of the season.

The Club’s premier side are languishing on the bottom of the A Grade table with a disappointing record of 0-4.

No batsman has reached the 100 runs mark, while Adam Klein and Dov Paltiel are the equal leading wicket-takers for the Firsts with six apiece.

The Club returns to action after the Christmas break on January 7 and 8.

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Aaron Fetter

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