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Bowlers dominate in Maccabi Ajax win

Posted: 14-Dec-2017 by Cricket Senior

A consistent effort from Maccabi Ajax’s bowling line up allowed the side to comfortably account for the Monash Tigers by 6 wickets. 

The visitors chose to bat at Gary Smorgon Oval, with immense pressure applied from opening bowling pair Josh Jones (0-6) and Jake Jones (2-13).

With runs hard to come by, Ari Werdiger (3-14) was brought into the attack with success, hitting the stumps on three separate occasions. 

Spinning duo Shmuli Rosenbaum (3-23) and Mark Soffer (1-12) worked in tandem, with Rosenbaum picking up wickets while Soffer dried up the runs. 

Maccabi backed up the efforts of their bowlers in the field, highlighted by a sharp stumping taken by Levi Rosenbaum and a brilliant catch in close by Josh Goldsmith.
The all-round effort ensured that Monash Tigers were dismissed for just 75. 

Raf Epstein (9) made a start at the top of the order, but early wickets left Maccabi in some trouble at 2-14.

Mendy Rosenbaum (17) played a steady hand, as Charlie Gross (28) hit out at the other end. 

Shmuli Rosenbaum (22 not out) and Ben Machlin (16 not out) played composed knocks to see their side to victory.

With plenty of overs left to play in the day, Maccabi sent their opposition back in to bat in pursuit of an outright victory. 

Ari Weridger (1-0) claimed his fourth wicket of the day as Monash Tigers finished on 1-17 before play was called off. 

The 2nd XI were unable to break their winning drought, going down to Melbourne Falcons by 29 runs. 

Melbourne Falcons elected to bat first, but lost two early wickets to Bailey Melzak (1-21) and Aaron Ostilly (1-22).

Sam Rosen (3-18) picked up tidy figures bowling in the middle overs, as Kane

Nissenbaum (2-32) had a tight spell of bowling at the death to hold the visitors to 9-153 from their 45 overs.  

Steven Lustig (24) and Justin Tyler (20) shared in a 45-run stand at the top of the order to give their side hope of victory.

The mounting run rate proved too challenging however, with Aaron Ostilly (28) the only middle order standout in Maccabi’s total of 124. 

A 3rd XI batting collapse cost the side victory on Sunday.

Eli Barr (4-14), Jono Baruch (3-15) and Zak Pollak (2-8) all claimed multiple wickets as Maccabi dismissed Parkville District for 91.

Daniel Guttmann (12) was the only batsman to reach double figures as Maccabi were bundled out for 34. 

This weekend, the 1st XI takes on Clayton Blues on Sunday at Meade Reserve.  

Steven Lustig