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Weekend Wrap January 22

Posted: 25-Jan-2017 by Cricket Senior

Weekend Wrap - January 22

Maccabi AJAX’s Saturday XI took another step towards securing a finals berth, completing a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Burnley at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Stand-in skipper Jason Webb guided his side to victory with a chanceless unbeaten knock of 62 at the top of the order.

Webb sent the visitors into bat and it proved a wise decision as his side restricted the visitors to 9/127 after their allotted 45 overs.

Youngster Reece Israel excelled with ball in hand capturing 3/20 off his nine overs, while Dean Simon (2/15), and openers Ben Miller (1/15) and Stuart Fayman (1/18) all chipped in and bowled tightly.

In pursuit, Webb and opening partner Ryan Fisher put on 48 before the latter was dismissed for 19.

Returning veteran Simeon Goldenberg (23) then shared in a 54-run stand with Webb as the pair guided the Jackas past 100.

A handy cameo from Joel Hamilton (17*) ensured victory, with Webb the anchor of the innings, unbeaten at the other end on 62.

The Jackas reached the modest total for the loss of two wickets and with ten overs to spare.

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They currently sit 3rd on the Mercantile C South Grade table and will be striving for a third consecutive win when they meet bottom-placed Barnawartha North this weekend.

A weekend of heroic efforts by Maccabi AJAX captains continued on Sunday when Third XI Co-captain Sam Brygel struck 80 in his side’s chase of top side Glen Iris’ 7/195, only to fall nine runs short in the final over.

It was a much-improved effort from the Jackas who are languishing on the bottom of the table.

“It was great to see some fight from the boys, especially after coming off our worst loss of the season last week,” Thirds’ Co-captain Brygel told The AJN.

Brygel helped get his side off to the perfect start, combining with fellow opener Zac Aflalo (29) for a 96-run partnership.

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The Jackas were cruising at 3/152 but when Brygel’s brilliant innings came to an end, it prompted a decisive collapse of 6/36.

Earlier, Co-captain Ian Jones returned figures of 3/54 from his nine overs, taking his season tally to 27 wickets from 11 matches.

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

The veteran is the leading wicket taker in the Thirds’ competition and is firming as one of the favourites for the Ray Saffer Medal.

Brygel is also mounting a strong case. He is the leading run-scorer at the club with 302 at an average of 33, while his glovework behind the stumps has been exemplary. He has affected ten stumpings and taken eight catches.

The First XI entered the deciding day of their clash with Flemington Colts confident of chasing down the set total of 204.

What transpired could only be described as ‘disastrous’ and ‘embarrassing’ by skipper Benji Jones.

The Firsts started positively reaching 1/45 after 13 overs but then proceeded to lose 5/3 in a ‘hugely disappointing’ period.

The Colts went onto bowl the Jackas out for 85 in under 40 overs.

The approach from the Firsts’ batsmen was improved in the second innings as they reached 3/109, denying the visitors of an outright victory.

Mendi Rosenbaum recorded his maiden First XI half century while twin brother Levi chipped in with 25 not out.

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“We’re not up to it at the moment and as a team are taking the easy option too often,” Jones told The AJN.

“Our mindset needs to change. Like in the second innings, I’d like to see us play with more freedom.

“We’ll hit the training track hard and hope to put in a much-improved performance against South Yarra this weekend”.

Over at Koornang Park the Second XI fell 51 runs short of ladder-leaders Carnegie.

Bowling first the Jackas made early inroads to have the home side in trouble at 3/30.

Carnegie were eventually bowled out in the final over for a competitive 186.

Meir New was the pick of the bowlers with 3/24 off his nine overs, while Moshe Rosenbaum (3/37) and Yossi Herbst (2/27) were the other multiple wicket takers.

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A 61-run stand between openers Shmuli Rosenbaum and Aaron Fetter got the Jackas off to a flying start but after the pair was dismissed there wasn’t much resistance.

They went onto lose 7/59 to be all out for 135.

Fetter top scored with 54 off 65 balls, a knock that included nine boundaries, while New was the next best with 27 in the middle order.

The First XI host South Yarra in a two-day match commencing on Sunday January 29 at Gary Smorgon Oval from 1pm.

*The 2017 PPA Family Day and 2006/07 Third XI Premiership Reunion is fastly approaching. All you need to know, right here!* 

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