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Red hot results on a warm weekend

The Jewish club's first XI posted a 94-run away win over seventh-placed Old Scotch last Sunday, in very hot conditions.

From left: Maccabi-AJAX First XI players Nick Gross, Amir Meyerowitz and Josh Jones.
From left: Maccabi-AJAX First XI players Nick Gross, Amir Meyerowitz and Josh Jones.

With only three rounds to go in the MCC Club XI men’s cricket season before the finals, Maccabi-AJAX’s first XI team is in outright first place in division 2 with nine wins and one loss, and their second XI are in equal first place with Old Trinity in division 4, with eight wins and one loss.

The Jewish club’s first XI posted a 94-run away win over seventh-placed Old Scotch last Sunday, in very hot conditions.

Sent into bat first, Maccabi reached 5/215 at the end of their allotted 40 overs, largely thanks to a brilliant 86 not out by opener Nick Gross, who was well supported by Zak Fleisher (49) and Amir Meyerowitz (59).

Good bowling ensured Old Scotch were never let back into the game. Josh Jones led the attack with 3/28, Benji Jones took 2/14 and Dave Maitjlis 2/19.

In their round 11 match in division 4, Maccabi-AJAX’s seconds trounced last-placed Old Wesley with an eight-wicket win.

Bowling first, the Maccabi men dismissed their opponents for a meagre total of 38.

Devon Melzak, who in November took a hat-trick for the club’s third XI, had a truly memorable debut for the second XI, taking three wickets for just seven runs in a sizzling seven-over spell.

Simon Fisher also took three wickets, and Jamie Hyams two.

It only took Maccabi 11 overs to reach the target.

In the Mercantile Cricket Association regular season, there are four rounds remaining.

The Maccabi-AJAX thirds are struggling in seventh spot in C South grade, but the club’s development side in D South grade are┬ácoming second, with 12 wins and just two losses.

The thirds (9/159) lost to South Yarra (6/160) last Sunday, but green shoots for the Maccabi men were an unbeaten knock of 56 by David Gelbart, and two wickets each to bowlers Asher Kave and Aiden Gelbart.

In D South grade, Maccabi-AJAX (5/140) continued their winning streak with a confidence-boosting win over third-placed Racing Rugby (10/133).

Bowling first, Justin Gross (3/22), Jeremy Hoppe (2/5) and Josh Bereson (2/8) did the damage.

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