After two consecutive losses, the cricket night-league favorite Super Lions Lod got back to their winning ways with two comfortable victories over the weekend.
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First up was Yefeth Nagavkar's Modi'in Young Lions who bravely pushed the Super Lions all the way, eventually losing by 26 runs. Shalom Rubin and Gershon Massil were the Super Lions' top scorers in the game, accounting for 32 and 34 of the team’s 123 runs, respectively.
The Modi'in Young Lions were always slightly behind, despite impressive performances by the youngsters Meir Heilbrunn and Yogev Nagavkar, who combined to for 23 runs. The loss dropped the Young Lions out of playoff position to seventh place in the league, with four games remaining in the regular season.
David Wiseman's Pearl Dental Cricket Club was up next. After scoring a paltry 12 runs in eight overs, during which temperatures reached a frigid 5 degrees Celsius, the Pearl Dental players probably wished they had stayed indoors rather than venturing out to play the Super Lions.
Consistent Super Lion bowling and sloppy Pearl Dental batting led to 34 Pearl Dental runs, which were never going to prove a challenge for the Super Lions. The team racked up a big score of 109, which will go a long way toward boosting its all-important run rate and help it later in the season.
The Super Lion youngsters Avial Varsulkar and Shifron Nagavkar, who both have high hopes of making the Israel under-18 Maccabiah squad this year, picked up two wickets apiece. Nagavkar, making his night-league debut, posted the highest individual score with 22 runs. The Super Lions moved up several positions in the league to third place, while Pearl Dental Cricket Club slipped to fourth place.
Saturday night will see a double header between the Dialogz Dragons, which is in second place, and the Yagod Morris Cricket Club 'B', which is in ninth place after suffering fourth consecutive defeats.
Dialogz would do well not to underestimate its opponent, as Yagod Morris has regrouped and recruited some very useful players, making it considerably stronger than it was earlier in the season. KAT Israemploy will play their second match of the week, taking on the Bet Shemesh Royals, which is in last place. In their last match, the Royals suffered a massive 155-run loss to Pearl Dental, with Pearl Dental batsmen Danny Brill and Craig Levy together racking up 64-runs, the highest partnership of the night league season.
There is a lot riding on the game for both teams. A victory for Yonni Sidelsky's Royals would lift them out of last place, while a win for Chaim Emmett's KAT would put it among the top two teams in the league and in a position to automatically qualify for the semifinals.