Cricket / Night League / Dragons Duel With Lions in Thriller

Dialogz prevail in Super 4 Over.

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In the first tie since the formation of the Night Cricket League, newcomers Dialogz Dragons and Super Lions Lod were involved in a thrilling contest in Modi'in.

Dialogz Dragons eventually won the match in the Super 4 overs. The win puts Dialogz Dragons in second place while Super Lions Lod dropped to fifth.

Earlier in the evening, Dialogz Dragons (121) convincingly beat Modi'in Young Lions (57) to set up a match against unbeaten Super Lions Lod, which had just lifted the Dudi Silbowitz trophy for winning the Israel Cricket Association's Day League.

No fewer than nine past and present Israeli internationals were playing in a match that ebbed and flowed.

Dialogz Dragons batted first and after a sensational opening partnership of 42 between Amir Mizroch and Matt Hoffman, the others struggled against a well-disciplined Lod bowling attack, well lead by Anim Solomon and Isaac Massil, who picked up two wickets apiece.

Defending a total of 81 against the powerful SLL batting lineup, which produced 29 runs in the first four overs and the loss of no wickets, Dialogz needed some inspiration from Simon Minitzer, Brett Hickson and Amir Mizroch, who picked up four wickets between them in the space of four overs to wrestle back the initiative.

Needing 47 runs from the final eight overs and with the experienced and talented batting lineup of Eshkol Solomon, Anim Solomon, Shailesh Bangera and Yefet Nagavkar, Super Lions Lod would have fancied their chances, especially when Eshkol and Anim Solomon raised 28 runs in four overs between them, leaving Nagavkar and Bangera to score the remaining 19 runs off the final four overs.

In the final over, former Israel U15 player Micha Schachat produced a stunning run-out while bowler Herschel Gutman claimed the wicket of Bangera, leaving the match almost over as SLL needed nine runs off the final delivery.

Inexplicably, Gutman bowled the worst ball of the evening, a waist-high full toss, which was called a no-ball, resulting in SLL gaining two runs for the no-ball, three runs for Bangera's shot and Gutman having to bowl an extra ball, this time with Lod needing four runs for victory off the final delivery. They managed to score three of them, leaving the scores level, and the Dragons eventually came out on top.

It's fun to watch the YMCA

The local derby between YMCA and YMCB was a thoroughly enjoyable contest with the Yagod Morris Cricket "A's" producing a thoroughly professional performance by thumping the Yagod Morris Cricket "B's" by 123 runs to 54. Debutant Saul Weizmann, turning out for the YMCB's, produced a breathtaking fielding and bowling performance that should see him promoted to the 'A's very shortly.

YMCA captain Brett Hickson said: "The YMCB's fielded heroically with some amazing run-outs, superb ground fielding and holding on to most of the catches that came their way, while bowling admirably. They were certainly edging us in the light banter department during the initial stages of the match. Toward the middle of our innings I felt the momentum swung in our favor due to great batting by Paul Kloot, Benjy and Aryeh Meyers which enabled us to reach our target of 100 to 120 runs. This was followed up by clinical fielding and bowling by the YMCA's."

The YMCB's started their batting on the back foot by losing some early wickets and scoring slowly. The game was effectively a no-contest after 12 overs with the score a lowly 16 runs. Joe Neppe, captain of the YMCB's added: "Although our bowling and fielding were superb we let ourselves down a bit with the bat. Although there were gritty individual batting displays from half of our batsmen (including the 12-year-old Yair Nagavkar ), the rest of us capitulated to the tight and accurate bowling of the well-oiled machine which constitutes the A Team."

Israel’s cricket team playing against Portugal.Credit: ICC