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Maccabi Cricket

In its earliest days from 1934 onwards, Brighton & Hove Maccabi included cricket in its summer activities. Matches were played against London Maccabi, at Horsham, against a Portsmouth side in July 1938 and against other local sides. These included the officers from Lewes Prison, who were beaten by 55 runs in September 1938. After the… Read more »

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In its earliest days from 1934 onwards, Brighton & Hove Maccabi included cricket in its summer activities. Matches were played against London Maccabi, at Horsham, against a Portsmouth side in July 1938 and against other local sides. These included the officers from Lewes Prison, who were beaten by 55 runs in September 1938.

After the war, there were sufficient players for Maccabi to have two teams, and among those who played during the 1950s were David Rose, Cyril Franks, and Alan Shepherd for the first XI, and Stuart Panto and Brian Josyfon for the seconds. Some of these continued into the 1960s, and were joined by others including Harry Goldstein.

By 1976, Brighton and Hove Maccabi Cricket Club was playing on Sundays, with Wish Park as its home ground. Among the Jewish players at that time were Steve Field, Michael Davids, Jonathan Hyman, Tony Green, David Felsenstein and Lawrie Sissling and a very young Martin Lerner. Monty Levien was the umpire. Then Lawrie DeFreitas, whose family originally came from St Vincent, joined the team, along with several of his cousins. Sam Lawrence, Tony Cowling, the DeFreitases and Stuart (now Lord) Bassam played for YMCA on Saturday and in the spirit of ecumenical harmony, Mike Marks and Steve Field played for YMCA as well. At that time Maccabi also put out a team in the midweek league. Dave Donner became a highly qualified umpire.

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