The party lasted well into the night as after eight attempts, the Yagod Morris Cricket 'B' squad finally tasted victory, beating last year's runner-up, Pommeranz Juice Good Old Boys, by 10 runs.
Pommeranz captain PJ Sahor won the toss and sent Joe Neppe's YMCB in to bat, with the 'B's scoring 85. While the Pommeranz team has not had it all its own way this season, it would have felt confident on chasing down the total and notching up a much-needed win. With 37 runs needed off the final seven overs, the game was still in the balance, but two wickets apiece for Sol Talkar and Adam Finkelstein ensured the 'B's first win of the season and player/manager Michael Morris's first win since 2010.
The Yagod Morris Cricket 'A' squad still have an outside chance of a top 2 finish after beating the young Beit Shemesh Royals by 63 runs. In another improved batting display, the Royals scored 70 runs with Eli Shaw again the top scorer with 24 runs. Yonatan Karmi was the pick of the YMCA bowlers with three wickets.
Brett Hickson's YMCA set out to not only chase down the score but score as many runs as possible to improve the all-important net run rate with the Myers brothers, Aryeh and Benjy top scoring with a partnership of 47 out of a total of 133.
Pearl Dental Cricket Club looked to have cemented its place in the top 6 after convincingly beating Pommeranz by 61 runs. Some tight bowling by the Pearl Dental bowlers restricted Good Old Boys to a total of 58 as captain David Wiseman, Danny Brill and Rael Olwyn shared two wickets apiece.
The match looked to be heading into a close contest, as after the first four overs in the Pearl innings they were on a paltry -1, but the Pearl Dental players regrouped and formed some solid partnerships, with Olwyn and Yoni Solomon leading the scoring with a 54-run partnership.
This week sees sixth-place Gold Insurance Bet Shemesh Lightning and seventh-place Modi'in Young Lions facing each other in a match that will go a long way in determining who qualifies for the playoffs. A win for either side will give it breathing space over the other team, but with both having to play two matches each after this game, the playoff places are a long way from being decided.
Saturdays double header has leaders Dialogz Dragons up against eighth-place Pommeranz, where the Dragons will be expected to increase their lead at the top of the table.