London Maccabi Vale Cricket Club


London Maccabi Vale Cricket Club 2nd XI v West Harrow on Sun 18 Jul 2010 at 14:00
London Maccabi Vale Cricket Club Lost on the last ball of the 40th over

Match report LMV Two and a Halves 249 all out in 40 overs (Nigel Rothband 73, Alex Ziff 63) lost to West Harrow 3rds 252-9 (Ali Livingstone 3-32, Harry Rothband 3-44) by 1 wicket

No matter what level you play your cricket, as long as the opposition are well-matched you can have a great contest; which is what we had on Sunday! A match that went the full 80 overs and finished just after half past eight was played in an excellent spirit on both sides and hopefully gave LMV's youngsters valuable experience of how to deal with pressure.

Skipper for the day David Marks won the toss and chose to bat, and LMV got off to a flyer, with Nigel Rothband severe on anything wayward - and there was plenty! - until becoming restricted by a groin injury. But he was ably supported by the returning Jonny 'Smokie' Fishel and then by Alex Ziff, who tonked the ball all around the park and helped get the side to 185-1 by the 27th over. Whereupon, as is traditional at the club, things rather went to pieces as despite useful runs from Saul Freedman and Henry Ziff we subsided to 249 all out; one short of the skipper's target and that was to prove rather poetic as the match progressed. The final 6 overs yielded just 26 runs for the loss of 5 wickets.

West Harrow got off to a poor start as their opener went second ball to a wicket made in Chorleywood, as Nigel Rothband shrugged off his groin strain to throw himself to his right to take a low slip catch off son Harry. At 10 overs they had reached 46, and at 15 65, but by the time we got to 20 overs their 6th wicket partnership was getting into full flow with the score on 109, despite Michael 'Slippers' Ziff bowling tidily in mid-innings. Nonetheless Ali Livingstone, who had been overshadowed early on by young Harry who took three wickets in his first spell, came back to take a crucial wicket so that at 30 overs we looked to have things under control at 185-6. Due to a groin injury of his own, the skipper deemed himself unfit to bowl and a lack of experience in the bowling late on proved crucial as their lower order kept West Harrow in the match. Crucial boundaries were conceded at inopportune moments, a couple of catches went down and over 37 went for 16. In the end the pressure perhaps proved too much for teenage bowlers Josh Lew and Harry as 12 were needed off the last over, and then with one to tie and two to win the last ball of the match was clipped through square leg for 4 to end a pulsating game.

The result was somewhat immaterial - although we were disappointed to have thrown away a strong position - and everybody contributed, so hopefully a bowling attack made up predominately of promising teenagers will have learnt a lot about the importance of good habits and of dealing with pressure, which should help them as their careers progress.

London Maccabi Vale Cricket Club 2nd XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
for 10 wickets

(0.0 overs)
Nigel Rothband Caught  73 2
Jonathan Fishel Bowled  28 2
Alex Ziff Caught  63 1
Josh Lew Bowled  12
David Marks Lbw  2
Saul Freedman Not Out  17
Henry Ziff Bowled  20
Joe Nyman Bowled  0
Michael Ziff Stumped  0
Alastair Livingston Bowled  0
Harry Rothband Bowled  4

West Harrow Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
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West Harrow Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
for 9 wickets
252 (0.0 overs)

London Maccabi Vale Cricket Club 2nd XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Harry Rothband8.0044314.675.50
Alastair Livingston8.0032310.674.00
Joe Nyman5.003700.007.40
Michael Ziff5.0026213.005.20
Henry Ziff5.003500.007.00
Saul Freedman4.001800.004.50
Josh Lew5.0122122.004.40