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Premiership there for Saturday team's taking

Posted: 07-Mar-2017 by Cricket Senior

Premiership there for Saturday team’s taking

Maccabi AJAX’s Saturday XI have finished the regular season atop the Mercantile C South ladder and enter the finals series as firm favourites.

They locked up top spot with a clinical nine-wicket win over Burnley, courtesy of a brilliant team bowling display.

The Jackas dismissed the hosts for 62 and needed just 15.3 overs to chase it down with Jason Webb (35) and Devan Spilkin (16) not out at the end.

Opener Ben Miller took his season tally to 22 wickets with an impressive spell of nine overs, four maidens, 4/19.

Skipper David Fayman returned from injury and claimed economical figures of 3/6 from nine overs, while brother Stuart Fayman (2/15) and Reece Israel (eight overs, 1/4) also chipped in.


“We’re a young vibrant team with a lot of players who have come back to the club,” David Fayman told The AJN.

“Heading into the finals we are definitely hot favourites just based on raw ability and skill alone.

“The team culture and moral is strong. Everyone is confident and knows their role and as a group we are really looking forward to what’s ahead.”

On Sunday, the First XI capped off a challenging season on a positive note, beating rivals Monash University by 41 runs.

The win wasn’t enough though to lift the Jackas off the bottom of the table.

Needing an outright victory to scrape into the finals, Monash came out firing, belting 63 off the opening eight overs but the steady loss of wickets eventually saw them dismissed for 179 in pursuit of the Jackas’ 5/220.


Captain Benji Jones played the complete all-round game, backing up his unbeaten knock of 44 with 4/64 and three athletic catches.

The four-time Ray Saffer winner is at long odds to notch a fifth but he has finished the season in hot form taking 11 wickets in the last three matches.

This year’s favourite Dov Paltiel (3/27) and wily veteran Simon Fisher (2/18) also played important roles in the win.

The Second XI lost to ladder-leaders Carnegie by seven wickets with Mendi Rosenbaum’s 41 the only highlight.


In the Third XI’s loss to Batman’s Hill Ian Jones picked up 4/33 to take his season tally to 34 scalps from 16 matches.


David Smith also passed the 200-run mark for the season, top-scoring with 61 in the second innings.

The Saturday XI play Gunbower United at Fawkner Park 2 in a Semi Final kicking off at 11am.

Aaron Fetter