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Last week saw the launch of Israel’s first night Action Cricket league, with the
first four matches providing enough competitiveness, entertainment and
adrenaline to ensure that this format of the game will become a very successful
commodity in Israel.
The format, which is modeled on the Action Cricket
rules from Australia, South Africa and Britain, ensures that matches last no
more than 90 minutes and that everyone on each team has equal opportunity to bat
and bowl: A perfect scenario for the busy life we all lead in Israel.
is a fantastic format and it caters to those in Israel who are new to the game
and those with a passion for cricket, but who don’t have enough hours in the
week to commit to a full day out on the field,” said Herschel Gutman, Israel’s
National Cricket Development Officer.
“We have over 200 players who have
signed up for the first season, of which over 130 are completely new to
structured cricket in Israel. So we are all very pleased with growth
The current venue, located in Modi’in, is a double basketball
court with high fencing and floodlights. The Modi’in Matnas have embraced
cricket in the town and have given the league an ideal venue.
four matches were a great success,” Gutman said. “The reviews from the players
were very positive and we are looking at a variety of different venues in
various towns for the second season.”
In addition, for the first time in
Israel cricket, every participating team has a sponsor.
The teams have
been divided into two leagues, with the experienced teams playing in the Cup
league, and the teams new to structured cricket in Israel comprising the Plate
The first game in the Cup competition saw Cup favorites HOT Lions
Modi’in beat inHasharon.co.il 95-20. The match produced some high quality and
exciting cricket, but at the end the experience of HOT Lions Modi’in
CS 8 Ra’anana beat Lod Indians in a highly entertaining and
high-scoring match. Lod Indians failed in their pursuit of 118, falling 20 runs
But the game that has had everybody talking all week was the epic
duel between Telalivit and Sri Lanka Jerusalem. Telalivit posted 59 but some
excellent bowling and fielding restricted Sri Lanka Jerusalem to needing nine
off the final over.
With the last ball to be bowled, six runs were still
required as the batsmen only managed four, leaving Telalivit victors by a single
In the Plate match, there was much excitement as all the players
were involved in their first competitive cricket match in Israel. The Pommeranz
Juice Good Old Boys who hail from Bet Shemesh beat local rivals KAT Israemploy
Warriors 145 – 27.
“The crowds have enjoyed some excellent family
entertainment and the players have enjoyed playing in front of a large crowd,”
Two matches are scheduled to take place each Saturday with
the first game starting at 6 p.m.Thursday’s matches begin at 7 p.m.
more information regarding the Action Cricket league, contact