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Weekend Wrap January 15

Posted: 19-Jan-2017 by Cricket Senior

Weekend Wrap – January 15

Maccabi AJAX’s First XI captain Benji Jones intends on using similar tactics to opponents Flemington Colts in the Jackas’ pursuit of 204 next Sunday at Gary Smorgon Oval.

“Overall 200 is a gettable score and we'll use their innings as an example of how to achieve that by aiming to keep wickets in hand and score the majority of our runs after tea,” Jones told The AJN.

The 5th-placed Colts were sent into bat on a grassy pitch and denied the home side’s openers early on.

A brilliant catch at first slip by Simon Fisher off the bowling of Josh Jones set the wheels in motion for the Jackas with the visitors in need of partnership at 1/27 in the 13th over.

Dov Paltiel and Benji Jones were both introduced into the attack and bowled tightly to the first drinks break with the score on 1/38 after 22 overs.

The pair continued to toil after the break. Paltiel’s efforts finally resulted in a breakthrough, with the Colts’ opener dismissed for 23 courtesy of a sharp caught and bowled.

The visitors appeared in no hurry as they reached the tea break with their score on 2/78 after 42 overs.

A double bowling change brought about two crucial wickets inside seven overs, as the Colts slumped to 4/93 signalling a shift in the game’s momentum.

The competition’s second highest run-scorer Clete Diamond anchored the visitors’ innings and helped push his side’s total towards 200 in brisk fashion, before falling agonisingly short of a century, caught for 98.

To the Jackas’ skipper’s disappointment his side conceded 100 runs off the last 22 overs, after yielding just 103 off the first 53.

"We bowled well but unfortunately let ourselves down in the field,” Jones said.

"As a fielding unit we must back up our bowlers who are creating enough chances”.

Flemington concluded their 75 overs on 7/203.


Paltiel strengthened his hold on the Ray Saffer (Club Best & Fairest) favouritism tag with another solid bowling performance.

He demonstrated his endurance with a 15-over spell to finish with figures of 3/67 from 24 overs.

Zev Aron claimed his 100th wicket for the club completing 11 overs for 23.

Photo: Peter Haskin/AJN

Off-spinner Fisher (1/24), speedster Josh Jones (1/35 from 14 overs) and Benji Jones (1/42) were the other wicket takers.

Meanwhile, the Second XI lost in the final over of their 25-over match against Clayton District at Meade Reserve.

Due to player unavailability over the summer period, the shortened fixture proved a perfect opportunity for the Club to lure a few favourites out of retirement.

Prolific run-scoring trio Osher Klein, Eli Adelist and Mike Gersun all donned the whites once again as well as allrounder Nathan Rothschild.

The Jackas batted first and got off to a strong start thanks to openers Klein and Shmuli Rosenbaum.

Klein’s comeback innings was cut short on 16 with the team score on 41.

His dismissal brought Adelist and Rosenbaum together who set their team’s innings up with an important 61-run partnership.

Rosenbaum’s knock of 40 came off 55 balls before Gersun (16*) and Adelist steered the Jackas to an imposing total of 2/148 after their allotted 25 overs.

Adelist marked his return with an unbeaten half century off just 42 balls. During his innings he also brought up his 1000th run for the Club.

The home side left it late but completed the run chase with four balls to spare, handing the Seconds a shattering loss.


Club President Ian Ludski impressed with 3/19 from his five overs while Jacob Jones claimed 2/21.

Over at Albert Park Oval 12 the Third XI had a day to forget against Batman’s Hill conceding 2/251 off 45 overs and then were dismissed for just 59.


It was better news the day before with the Saturday XI holding onto 3rd spot with a vital three-wicket win over rivals South Yarra at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Former First XI captain Mark Soffer made a remarkable comeback after a two-year hiatus, claiming career-best figures of 6/6 from 5.1 overs, bowling his mystery right arm variations.

Soff spoke exclusively with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' on Monday night. Listen back here.

Soffer’s masterful spell helped the Jackas dismiss the visitors for 96.


Stand-in skipper Jason Webb led the way with the bat top-scoring with 30 while youngster Aaron Ostilly chipped in with 20 as the Jackas reached the target with three wickets in hand.

The First XI resume their two day match against Flemington Colts on Sunday January 22 at Gary Smorgon Oval from 1pm.

Aaron Fetter