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Firsts sink Yarras to break duck

Posted: 07-Feb-2017 by Cricket Senior

Firsts sink Yarras to break duck

Predicted rain and a middle-order collapse threatened to derail Maccabi AJAX First XI’s chances of a drought-breaking win, before an unbeaten 93-run stand secured the Jackas their maiden victory of the season against rivals South Yarra.

The Firsts reached 5/165 in response to the visitor’s 163 with 15 overs to spare, to finally break a painfully long seven-game losing streak.

The win concluded a day of celebration for the Club with the annual Past Players Association Family Day and Third XI 2006/07 Premiership Reunion also taking place at Gary Smorgon Oval.

Future Stars: The sons of past players enjoy the Family Day festivities.

At 0/67, openers Steven Lustig (30) and Aaron Fetter (30) got the home side off to a perfect start, however, their efforts almost counted for nothing as South Yarra stormed back into the contest claiming 5/5 before the tea break.

“It was disappointing to be 5/72 at tea considering the great platform our openers set us,” captain Benji Jones told The AJN.

“We had our backs against the wall and could have easily rolled over”.

Allrounders Dov Paltiel and Meir New set about rebuilding the innings and did so with an attacking mindset.

New signalled his intent, hitting the first ball after the break to the boundary. The pair played their naturally aggressive games and went onto post a match-winning 93-run stand in 20 overs, ending an actioned-packed seesawing affair.

Match-winner: Meir New struck his maiden First XI half century to lead the Jackas to a famous victory. He spoke with J-Air's 'On the Ball' on Monday night.

New struck the winning runs and remained unbeaten on 50, while Paltiel continued his consistent season with a busy knock of 39*.


“The message at tea, despite the match situation, was to play your natural game and to bat with freedom,” Jones said.

“We fielded the youngest First XI side in the Club’s history with the oldest player being 23, so to beat a top side was really pleasing”.

"Hearts to hearts, and hands to hands"

Meanwhile, the Third XI notched a three-wicket win against Parkville District at Armstrong Oval, despite some late rain.

The Jackas, led by Co-captain Sam Brygel (58) successfully chased 142 with three overs to spare.

David Smith (22) shared in a crucial 49-run partnership with Brygel after the Thirds were precariously placed at 3/66.


Earlier, Dean Wainstein impressed with the new ball, claiming career-best figures of 3/25 from eight overs.

On Saturday, the Jackas suffered a one-wicket loss to the visiting Monash University, failing to close out the game when they had the visitors 7/89.

Stand-in skipper Simeon Goldenberg won the toss and elected to bat first and was “pleased” with his side’s 3/163 off their allotted 45 overs.

Young gun Reece Israel (55*) continued his rich vein of form, registering his second unbeaten half century in succession, while openers Joel Hamilton (42) and Justin Tyler (33) set the tone.


Kane Nissenbaum (21*) backed up his cameo taking 3/28 off nine impressive overs. Fellow youngster Aaron Ostilly (2/20) offered good support.

The Second XI were no match for Malvern, conceding 4/192 off 45 overs and then bowled out for 92.


Zev Aron was the only notable contributor, claiming 3/24 and striking 32 with the bat.

The First XI will be eyeing back-to-back wins when they play rivals Burnley at Loughnan Oval in a two-day match from February 12.