With the road closure due to the heavy snow in the nation’s capital, the players from the Kiddush Club Jerusalem night cricket team were forced to stay home last Thursday and were denied a chance to add to their perfect record this season. This left an opening for second place YMCA, which comfortably beat Gold Lightning to sit level with KCJ at the top of the table and grab first place for the first time this season based on its slightly superior run difference of 17. A much-improved YMCA unit restricted Gold to 61, with Clint Rubin, Sol Talkar and Benji Myers all taking two wickets each. Gold fought hard all the way until the end but ultimately never pressured YMCA’s batting line up. Daniel Hyman and Saul Weitzman shared a 41-run stand out of a total of 108.
Although YMCA can boast a 100% record, the hard work lies ahead in upcoming opponents Modi’in Young Lions, KCJ, Pearl Dental and Mumbai Challengers - all teams that are within one win of the top spot. For YMCA captain Brett Hickson, the hard work starts now to stay among the top six.
Pearl Dental moved into third place after a comfortable win over the Bet Shemesh Braves, a team that fielded six juniors. Pearl skipper Iain Levy led the way with two wickets, ably supported by David Wiseman, Yoni Salomon and David Kable, who picked up two wickets of their own. The Braves will put the 177-run loss they suffered down to part of the learning process as the new boys in the league come to grips with far more experienced and older cricketers.
Mumbai Challengers inflicted a heavy defeat on the Braves, as their 149 proved too much for the inexperienced Braves. Shifron Nagavkar shared a 34-run partnership with Noar as Mumbai piled on the runs. There was success for Eliav Raye and Dan Barnett who each picked up a wicket to add to the wickets Yonatan Schechterman and Yoni Berinson picked up in the game against Pearl. Yarden Divekar, playing his first night match took a stunning one-handed catch to add to his two wickets. David Dhorkarkar, Ilan Umedarker and Elkan Varsulkar picked up two wickets for Mumbai.