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Batting struggles cost Maccabi AJAX

Posted: 01-Nov-2017 by Cricket Senior

Maccabi AJAX were unable to capitalise on a solid platform, going down to a strong Malvern outfit by 5 wickets on Sunday.

Benji Jones won the toss at Malvern and chose to bat first on a good day for batting.

Malvern’s bowlers made life difficult for Maccabi’s top order, offering few bad balls.

Mendi Rosenbaum (21) made the only notable top order score, as Maccabi slumped to 4-48.

Ben Machlin (26) came together with Jacob Jones (21) as the pair moved their side into a competitive position, reaching the drinks break at 4-78.

Despite lower order contributions from Zev Aron (22), Josh Jones (14) and Levi Rosenbaum (12), no batsman was able to go on to make a big score, as Maccabi’s innings came to a close at 9-152.

Maccabi needed a good start with the ball and openers Ari Werdiger (1-15) and Josh Jones (1-21) delivered an early wicket each to go with a run out, as Malvern lost three wickets inside ten overs.  

Malvern found their feet at the crease from there, with Benji Jones (1-17) and Jacob Jones (1-5) only momentarily able to halt the momentum of the home side as they passed the total in the 35th over.

1st XI captain Benji Jones said that the match was evenly balanced during the middle period of both innings.

“Both sides were on about similar scores at the drinks break, they were able to go on with it and we weren’t… in the end we were beaten by the better side”.   

 

The 2nd XI were again competitive, but unable to claim victory against Monash University in a rain-reduced match on Saturday.

Monash University elected to bat at Gary Smorgon Oval, hitting out from the first ball of their 30 overs.

Their aggressive tactic proved successful, making an imposing 4-164. Aaron Ostilly (2-31) continued his good run of form to be the pick of the bowlers.

Charlie Gross (44 not out) and Josh Goldsmith (23) gave their side hope early in the innings, but the target proved too significant in the end.

Maccabi lost a number of late wickets looking to score runs quickly, finishing on 6-109, 55 runs short of their opposition.     

 

The 3rd XI looked in a strong position after bowling Malvern out for 101.

Dean Wainstein (5-20) led the way to claim his best ever figures for the club.

Alon Esterman (2-10) also chipped in with two handy wickets.

Maccabi were unable to become acclimatised to the difficult batting conditions, being bowled out for 48.

Nadav Moskow (14) made the highest score for his side.

 

This weekend, the 1st XI takes on Doveton North on Sunday at Power Reserve from 12:30pm. 

 

Steven Lustig 

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