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Firsts on track for two on the trot

Posted: 14-Feb-2017 by Cricket Senior

Firsts on track for two on the trot

After recording their maiden victory of the season last weekend, Maccabi AJAX’s First XI is well-placed to double their wins tally courtesy of a dominant opening day against Burnley at Loughnan Oval on Sunday.

The overhead and ground conditions prompted skipper Benji Jones to send the hosts in at the toss.

It proved a fruitful decision with Burnley reeling at 5/44 inside 20 overs.

Openers Zev Aron and Jones (2/21) did the early damage, utilising the new ball and grassy pitch to near perfection.

Aron was particularly impressive, bowling 15 overs straight to finish with figures of 3/42 from 20 overs.

Aron spoke with J-Air Radio's 'On the Ball' program on Monday night.

“I’ve been in the skipper’s ear for most of the year to open the bowling, so I was glad to get the opportunity in such favourable conditions,” Aron told The AJN.

The home side limped to tea in strife at 5/80.

A few dropped chances allowed a stubborn 73-run partnership to temporarily stem the Jackas’ momentum, however it was finally broken by Simon Fisher.

The wily off-spinner claimed 3/21 from 8.4 overs to help dismiss Burnley for a well below par score of 151.


“We were able to get quite a lot of movement off the pitch and in the air which ultimately helped us dismiss them pretty cheaply,” Aron said.

The Jackas faced the final 11 overs of the day and will resume on Sunday at 1/23 with a further 129 runs required for victory.

“If we can win next week we’re a good chance of finishing the season off with three wins which looked far from likely a month ago”.

The Club’s Saturday XI recorded an important three-wicket win over top four rivals National to move within striking distance of top spot.

The Jackas made light work of the visitors, dismissing them for a miserly 86 within 30 overs.

Opener Ben Miller was the chief destroyer, taking career-best figures of 5/10 from seven eventful overs.


In-form youngster Reece Israel chimed in with 3/14.

The Jackas were in strife early in their chase falling to 5/46 before mature contributions from Ben Fisher (24*) and Aaron Ostilly (20) ensured victory with three wickets in hand.

The Third XI failed to defend 166, falling to Burnley by four wickets at Edmund Herring Oval on Sunday.

David Smith fell agonisingly short of a maiden century, bowled for 99 on the final ball of the innings.

His brilliant knock featured 15 fours and two sixes as he propelled the Thirds to 166 off their allotted 45 overs.

Opener Zac Aflalo was next best with 35.


The Jackas’ bowlers weren’t up to the challenge admitting defeat in under 30 overs.

There wasn’t much to celebrate for the Second XI who lost comfortably to Endeavour Hills in two T20 fixtures at Gary Smorgon Oval.

T20 Scorecard 1 - T20 Scorecard 2

The First XI’s chase against Burnley resumes on Sunday February 19th at 1pm at Loughnan Oval.

Aaron Fetter