Cricket / A New Season Off to a Strong Start

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Both Sri Lanka Jerusalem and Sri Lanka Tel Aviv, expected to challenge for the league title, began their seasons with wins over the weekend, defeating Lod Rangers and Neve Yonatan respectively. Dimona A made it two wins from two, comfortably defeating Kiryat Gat in Dimona on Saturday.

Chasing a small target of 106 after Samanta (four for 14) and Rajanta (three for 17) helped bundle out Rangers cheaply in Lod on Saturday, Sri Lanka Jerusalem was far from convincing but got the job done, losing seven wickets along the way to victory. Danushka (47) top scored for the visitors, while Naveen Shetty, who is said to bowl with an action similar to Sri Lankan international Lasith Malinga, gave the Lankans a scare, taking five for 28.

One week after its thrilling win over Young Ashdod, Neve Yonatan was involved in another tight game in Ashdod on Saturday, although this time finished up in second place. Menaka starred for Sri Lanka Tel Aviv, scoring 40 in its innings of 145, and then taking three for 24 as the home side was all out for 135, falling 10 runs short.

Nir Dokarkar led the way for Dimona A, taking three for 11 as Kiryat Gat was dismissed for just 97, and then top scoring with 43 as the hosts needed just 10 overs to reach their target.

Cricket in Israel.Credit: Israel Cricket

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