ADAM BIRKETT scored an unbeaten century in a losing cause as HARPSDEN lost to MACCABIAH GB JUNIORS by 35 runs
ADAM BIRKETT scored an unbeaten century in a losing cause as HARPSDEN lost to MACCABIAH GB JUNIORS by 35 runs in a 40 over game on Sunday.
The visitors were a team of U17 Jewish players, made up mainly of county and minor county players, who were using this as a warm up game for the Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish athletic event held every four years, which is being held in Israel this week.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat first on a good batting wicket. Ed Birkett had both openers dropped in the slip cordon before Alex Bradley had Wilton caught behind for 24.
Engling and Graff accelerated the scoring before Graff was finally dismissed to Adam Birkett with a diving caught and bowled.
This brought Reingold to the crease, whose 79 comprised a number of drives and scoops off the spinners. A couple of wickets apiece for the returning Ed Birkett and Rod Birkett as well as tight bowling from Richard Wilson and a couple of run outs ensured 300 was not reached but nevertheless Maccabiah GB Juniors set the imposing total of 265-8 from their 40 overs.
Harpsden’s Neil Sweet and Adam Birkett took full advantage of the eight overs of powerplay at the start of the innings scoring 51 without losing a wicket in the face of quick bowling from Sugarman and Graff.
Harpsden did not lose a wicket until the 15th over when Sweet was dismissed for 42 and the hosts had reached 94-1, still needing 172 to win from 25 overs.
Bradley came and went but Adam Birkett found another partner in Ollie Heat and together they brought the score to 168 from 30 overs before Heath was dismissed just as the four overs of batting powerplay were taken.
Skipper James Paice’s 21 kept Harpsden in with a shout needing 55 from the last five overs. However, the total proved too much as wickets started to tumble and Harpsden finished 35 runs short on 231-7 from their 40 overs, with Adam Birkett stranded on 102 not out.