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Batting woes cost Jackas across the board

Posted: 10-Jan-2017 by Cricket Senior

Batting woes cost Jackas across the board

The New Year has failed to bring on a change in fortune for Maccabi AJAX with all sides defeated on the first weekend of play after the break.

The First XI returned from their travel to Youlden Parkville empty handed, losing by six wickets leaving the Club’s premier side still chasing their first win of the season.

Opener Zev Aron blasted five boundaries in the opening two overs of the match, putting the pressure right on the home side from ball one.

His cameo came to an end on 21.

The Jackas failed to capitalise on the favourable batting conditions and the fast start, losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually be all out for just 109 in the 34th over.

Aron and skipper Benji Jones (21) top scored while only two others managed double figures.

“The short straight boundaries and quick outfield made it a 180 plus ground, so to only scrape past 100 was bitterly disappointing, especially with the batsmen we had,” Jones told The AJN.

The well under par total was always going to be a challenge to defend and despite a prolonged effort from the Jackas with the ball and in the field, the home side secured victory with seven overs to spare and six wickets in hand.

Allrounder Dov Paltiel was the pick of the bowlers with 2/26 from his nine-over spell.


“The fight we showed in the field was really encouraging. Our bowling and fielding has been much improved this season.”

“We are one solid batting performance away from a win. There’s certainly hunger amongst the group to sing the song for the first time,” Jones said.

Meanwhile, the Second XI were no match for Endeavour Hills losing by 114 runs at Gary Smorgon Oval.

The visitors posted an imposing 8/194 off their allotted 45 overs. Simon Morawetz returned figures of 3/32 while Mendi Rosenbaum (2/12) and Zak Pollack (2/34) were the other multiple wicket takers.


In reply the Jackas were never on track, losing early wickets. They were bundled out for 80 with youngsters Alon Katz (17) and Bailey Epstein (16*) top scoring.

The Third XI fell 46 runs short against Melbourne Falcons at Fawkner Park.

The home side batted first and put 159 on the board in 34 overs.

Daniel Guttman claimed career-best figures of 3/34 while Ben Kupshik (2/21) and Ian Jones (2/29) chimed in.

The Jackas were on track at 3/79 before losing 7/34 and the match in a disappointing finish.


Co-captain Sam Brygel almost batted through, leading the way with a defiant knock of 41. Guttman backed up his efforts with the ball with the next best score of 27.

The day before the Saturday XI were rolled for just 32 in pursuit of 101 set by home side National at Fawkner Park.


Reece Israel took four wickets and was well supported by skipper David Fayman and Alon White who claimed two each.

The First XI host Flemington Colts at Gary Smorgon Oval in a two-day match commencing at 1pm on Sunday January 15.

Aaron Fetter