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Composed Maccabi cruise past Clayton

Posted: 25-Jan-2018 by Cricket Senior

Maccabi Ajax have taken a step closer to cementing a finals berth after defeating Clayton Blues by 5 wickets on Sunday.

Despite Clayton electing to bat first, Josh Jones (3-20) claimed crucial early breakthroughs on the back of pressure built by fellow opener Bailey Melzak (0-3).     

Former Ray Saffer medallists Dov Paltiel (2-4) and Benji Jones (1-14) bowled tight spells as the Clayton batsmen attempted to hit out against the tight bowling performance.

Experienced spin duo Simon Fisher (1-22) and Mark Soffer (1-27) chimed in with vital wickets throughout the innings.

As has often been the case this season, Maccabi’s fielding performance was exceptional, with the side effecting two run outs as Clayton were dismissed for 109 in the 39th over.

Mark Soffer (23) and Benji Gore (8) made a positive start to their side’s chase.

Their dismissals brought Benji Jones (46 not out) and Mendi Rosenbaum (23) to the crease, as the pair patiently chipped away at the target.

Despite wickets falling around him, Jones remained in control as he began to find the boundary with ease in a chanceless knock.

Shmuli Rosenbaum (5 not out) remained unbeaten as Maccabi claimed victory in the 33rd over.  


The 2nd XI were no match for Parkville District, going down by 121 runs.

Parkville elected to bat first and notched an imposing 7-225 from their 45 overs.

15-year old Aaron Ostilly (5-37) claimed his maiden 5 wicket haul to be the pick of the bowlers.

The target proved too challenging in the end, as Maccabi were dismissed for 104 in the 40th over.

Steven Lustig (34 not out) carried his bat through the innings, while Ostilly (29) continued his impressive all-round performance.


The 3rd XI were well beaten by Carnegie on Sunday.

Carnegie put on 5-205 from their 45 overs batting first. Barry Kave (1-27) was the pick of the bowlers.

Arik Singer (15) was the only batsman to reach double figures as Maccabi was bowled out for 52.

Singer (35 not out) and Zac Aflalo (15) saw off an outright defeat as Maccabi’s second innings finished at 5-71.  


This weekend, the 1st XI takes on Monash Tigers on Sunday at Central Reserve. 


Steven Lustig