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After a flurry of matches in recent weeks, table positions in the night cricket league are changing far faster than developments in Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition-building process.

After resuming their campaign, Lions Lod has not only climbed up the table to second place, but they have amassed a huge total of 419 runs in their last three matches. Modi'in Young Lions, Bet Shemesh Royals and Pommeranz Juice Good Old Boys were on the receiving end of some very dominant cricket played by Gershon Massil's team.

The Bet Shemesh Royals (BSR) have not had the best of campaigns, with successive losses to Modi'in Young Lions, Lions Lod and Dialgoz Dragons. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the young team; It has grown in confidence and stature with every performance. Its most recent outing, a 27-run loss to league leaders Dialogz Dragons, was highly entertaining, and if some catches by the BSR players were held, the result might have been very different.

Eli Shaw continues to impress with his all-around displays of sportsmanship, and he is shaping up to be a very useful wicketkeeper and batsmen who has high hopes of being included in the under-18 Israel Maccabiah squad. Alex and Arieh Lewis, along with Natan Wigman have lifted their batting game and have produced some useful contributions to date.

Meanwhile, last year's runner up, Pommeranz Juice Good Old Boys, has had a season to forget. It has not won a game since the opening match of the season back in late October. Yet, they still have a mathematical chance of reaching the quarterfinals if they beat Yagod Morris Cricket 'B' team this Thursday evening. Both teams have suffered a combined total of 11 losses in a row and after Thursday night’s match, one team will be joyous, while the other team ponders on what might have been.

Alan Wigman's Gold Insurance Bet Shemesh Lightning, which finished third last year, has had a mixed season having been unable to string a number of wins together. They are currently sitting in sixth place, tied with the Modi'in Young Lions and the upcoming game between both teams will almost certainly cement a place in the top six.

Lions Lod batsman Eshkol Solomon.Credit: Akhil Rajput

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