In a high-scoring match between Pommeranz Juice and KAT Israemploy, it was KAT that won it off the very last ball. Pommeranz's 123, thanks to some excellent batting from Danny Verbov and Jeremy Kuttner sharing the highest partnership of 37, and some wayward bowling by KAT, conceding 40 runs in extras, helped Pommeranz reach a score that nine times out of 10 would have been defendable.
Just after the halfway stage of KAT's innings, when they were well behind the asking rate with a score of 44 after nine of the 16 overs and another 79 runs required of the remaining seven overs, it looked as if the game was done and dusted, but a brilliant counterattack by first David Corre and David Berinson and then the last pair of Gras Jack and Ron Sher, who put on 43 for the last four overs, enabled KAT to walk away with a win.
Pommeranz was left in shock as KAT chased down one of the highest scores of the season, and will rue the opportunities they lost to finish the game off by dropping some catches, and likely grouse over some very close umpiring decisions that could have gone either way. For KAT, young Yonah Barnett put in a fine performance with two wickets and a personal score of 21, while for Pommeranz, Verbov will count himself unlucky to be on the losing side after scoring 26 and taking two wickets.
In the evening's other match, debutante Beit Shemesh Braves, which consists of a mixture of adults and children, scored a major upset in beating KAT Israemploy, a team that finished third on the league table last season. The youngsters bowled and fielded superbly, restricting their opponents to 37. The father and son combination of Daniel and Uriel Finkelstein shared six wickets, while Eli Corre took three wickets and Dan Barnett two. Although wicketless, Eliav Raye showed some real potential with a fine display of controlled leg spin bowling. For KAT, only Jack and Sher got to grips with the Braves bowling, scoring 35.
A solid opening stand of 18 by Daniel Raye and his son Eliav set the Braves up for a remarkable win in their first game. Young Barnett, batting in the fourth pair with captain Herschel Gutman, safely negotiated the last four overs of the game, taking the score to 62 as he batted out 21 of the last 24 balls bowled by the lively Jack and Sher to send his teammates home delighted at securing a win in their very first attempt.
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