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Brave effort as Macca Jackas fall short

Posted: 24-Oct-2017 by Cricket Senior

An impressive fightback with the ball wasn’t enough for Maccabi AJAX over the weekend, going down to Melbourne Cobras by three wickets.

Elsewhere, the 2nd XI were no match for Reds, while the 3rd XI split the points with East Malvern Tooronga.  

The 1st XI elected to bat first at Gary Smorgon Oval, with openers Nochum Paltiel (13) and Zev Aron (9) getting their team off to a flying start.. Experienced batsmen Benji Jones (35) and Mark Soffer (38) came together and looked in control at the crease, regularly rotating the strike in their 64-run stand.

The home side looked in control at 2-91, however Soffer’s dismissal triggered a lower order collapse of 8-28, as Maccabi were bowled out for 119.     

Needing a strong start with the ball, Josh Jones (3-46) delivered two early wickets, on the back of sharp catches from Nochum Paltiel and Jacob Jones. 


Returning quick Ari Werdiger (2-14) also struck with the new ball, as Maccabi took control of the match at 3-7.


Simon Fisher (1-33) was able to break an important middle order partnership, with the match evenly balanced at 5-74. Unfortunately for Maccabi, the Melbourne Cobras’ lower order held their nerve, seeing the visitors over the line in the 35th over.

1st XI captain Benji Jones said there were positives to take from the match despite the loss.

“We just couldn’t quite get those last few wickets. It was a great effort with the ball, but unfortunately we fell short with the bat late in our innings”.


The 2nd XI were sent into the field by Reds, and endured a difficult opening session as the home side put on 113 for the opening partnership. Adam Back (5-51) again impressed, taking 3 wickets in an over to bring his side back into the contest. Young spinner Sam Rosen (1-35) dried up the runs, as Reds finished on 6-221 from their 45 overs.

Maccabi looked in serious trouble at their start of the innings, losing their first four wickets for just 26 runs. Charlie Gross (35), Adam Back (34) and Aaron Ostilly (20) looked to give their side a chance in the contest. The target proved too great a challenge in the end, as Maccabi were bowled out for 137.   


The 3rd XI were able to secure their first points of the season, holding on for a draw in their clash with East Malvern Tooronga.

Electing to bowl first, Nadav Moskow (3-25) was the pick of the bowlers as the home side posted 8-166 from their allotted overs.


With rain intervening, Maccabi needed to chase down the target to win the match, or ensure they were not bowled out to draw the match.

Clean striking by top order trio Michael Gersun (46), Eli Paneth (33) and Daniel Distiller (14) gave the side hope of victory. Wickets began to fall as the side pushed for the win, before Ian Ludski (6 not out) and Jamie Hyams (1 not out) were able to see out the last five overs of the day to ensure that the points were shared.  

This weekend, the 1st XI takes on Clayton Navy on Sunday at Albert Park 9 Smorgon Oval from 12:30pm.  


Steven Lustig