The defending league champions, Lions Lod, recorded another comprehensive victory over the weekend, easily defeating Ashdod A by seven wickets. Joel Rubin (43) was the only batsman to offer any resistance to the accuracy of the Lod attack, as Ashdod was dismissed for just 117.
David Massil (3/33) got the early breakthroughs, with the medium pace of Benny David (3/24) wrapping up the tail. In reply, Shalom Rubin (0) fell early, but Shai Bangerra (25*) and Anim Solomon (32*) steered Lod to their target in just 18 overs.
Lod, penalized 10 points for registration irregularities earlier in the season, needs to win both of its remaining games and hope that Young Ashdod loses its two remaining matches in order to retain the league title.
In Division 2, Neve Yonatan beat a weakened Negev Academy team by 164 runs in Ashdod. Yaniv Razpurker top scored with 54 for the hosts, who totaled 224-for-8 in their 40 overs. In reply, Negev was all out for 60. Aby Daniels took 4-for-17.
Rishon Lezion completed its maiden season in the domestic league on a positive note, defeating Ra'anana B by six wickets in a Division 3 fixture at Hadar Yosef on Friday. Gabi Schachat scored a classy 40 for Ra'anana, but its total of 126 was too few.
Although Rishon did lose early wickets, Sammy Benjamin once again performed for his team, contributing an undefeated half century as Rishon won with ease.
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