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Maccabi AJAX claim comprehensive victory

Posted: 14-Nov-2017 by Cricket Senior

Maccabi AJAX put in their most complete team effort of the season to claim a 57-run victory over Doveton North. 

Maccabi elected to bat first in favourable conditions, with opening pair Mendi Rosenbaum (44) and Mark Soffer (12) making a solid start to the innings.
Benji Jones (42) joined Rosenbaum at the crease, as the duo regularly rotated the strike. 

Despite the promising start, Maccabi lost wickets during the middle overs to fall to 4-116. 

Jacob Jones (41 not out) came together with David Fayman (60 not out) as brilliant power hitting from the pair lifted their side to an imposing 4-218. 


Benji Jones (3-34) took an early wicket with the ball to put Doveton North on the back foot. 

The home side begun to work their way into the innings, before Benji Gore (1-37) claimed the crucial scalp of the opposition captain. 

Off spinner Simon Fisher (3-34) continued his impressive season as he tore through the opposition’s middle order and put his side in pole position.

David Fayman (1-16) and Mark Soffer (1-30) chipped in with a wicket apiece at important stages during the innings. 

A run out by Ben Machlin closed out the innings, as Maccabi dismissed Doveton North for 161 in the 39th over. The win sees Maccabi move to third on the ladder, a game clear of their closest opposition.  

The 2nd XI were unable to topple ladder leaders Parkville District on Saturday, going down by 91 runs.  Parkville elected to bat first at Gary Smorgon Oval, compiling an impressive 7-200 from their 45 overs.

Young all-rounder Aaron Ostilly (3-28) claimed career best figures. 
Despite five Maccabi batsmen reaching double figures, none were able to make a substantial contribution with the bat, as the home side was bowled out for 109. 

The 3rd XI made a slow start to their clash with East Malvern Tooronga, as the visitor’s opening pair shared a 120-run partnership. 

Alon Esterman (2-24) eventually broke the partnership, which led to Maccabi claiming 7-40 in the latter stages of the innings. 

Dean Wainstein (3-26) and Nadav Moskow (2-23) shared the other wickets as East Malvern Tooronga finished on 7-160. 

Maccabi never got going with the bat, being dismissed for 70. 

This weekend, the 1st XI takes on Powerhouse on Sunday at Gary Smorgon Oval.  

Steven Lustig