YMCB, a team made up of the second-string players of the YMC club, suffered their second and third losses of the season by colossal margins this week, but the team remains undaunted. Led by stalwarts Michael Morris and David Harris, the banter between players displayed at the cricket matches is often more entertaining than the cricket on display.
The first defeat of the week for the Beee’s, as they are affectionately known, was 139-19 to the Modi’in Young Lions. Emmanuel Solomon and Yogev Nagavkar of the Lions shared the highest partnership of the match, 37, while YMCB posted 38. Giddon Samuels took two wickets for the Beee’s. For Modi’in, Yaneer Sahor, Solomon and Yair Nagavkar each picked up two wickets in a win that took the team up to second place in the table.
Next up for the Beee’s were the ruthless Kiddush Club Jerusalem, which bundled the Beee’s out for 13, after amassing 148. Only a late blitz by Sol Talkar, where he took 23 off the last eight balls that he faced elevated the Beee’s into positive numbers and showed the YMCA captain, Brett Hickson, who was watching from the stands, that he is knocking on the door of the ‘A’ team. For Jerusalem, Dave Lawrence took a hat-trick and then, while Rael Olwyn went one better and took two hat-tricks in a spell of bowling that claimed 6 wickets for a negative score of 26. Aryeh Gluck, Ilan Buchbinder chipped in with two wickets each.
A score of 200 was in the cards as the Olwyn brothers, Avron and Rael scored 65 in their first three overs, but the Beee’s, although well beaten, never gave up. Samuels picked up four wickets in the final over of the match.
Pearl Dental Cricket Club played a double header, beating Mumbai Challengers by 105 to 72. Gerrit Grundling and David Kable scored 31, while Shamir Ghosalkar was the most successful Challengers bowler with two wickets. Pearl’s experience at this format of the game proved the difference as only David Dhokarkar and Alon Benjamin got to grips with the batting for the Challengers, scoring 33. Rafi Karp with three wickets, Craig Levy, Grundling and Yoni Salomon with two each were the wicket takers.
Pearl then took on newcomer Kiddish Cup, which showed why it is favorite to lift the title. Jerusalem completely dominated all areas of the match and soundly beat Pearl by 57 runs. Pearl Dental batted first but could not handle the Jerusalem bowlers and fielders, losing 12 wickets in 16 overs. Jerusalem skipper Jason Bloom, Avron Olwyn and Buchbinder shared nine wickets as Pearl crumbled to a paltry 54. The game was over as a contest after the fourth over of Jerusalem’s innings, as David Lashansky and Bloom batted intelligently to put on 36 as the team went on to reach 111.
Pearl captain Iain Levy, who was the most successful Pearl bowler with two wickets, said after the game, “The competition has really has gone to another level this season and it is exciting for us to have such quality opponents. I was really impressed with the efforts of our team against Mumbai.”
Bloom was in good spirits, saying, “Our performance was superb, a real team effort in all aspects of the game.”