Cricket is a very popular sport amongst the Jewish community with high participation in schools and club cricket. Jewish South African cricketers who have represented the country include Dr Ali Bacher, Dennis Gamsy, Norman Gordon, Mandy Yachad (cricket and hockey) and more recently Adam Bacher. Gamsy attended the 1961 Maccabi Games for soccer, returning in 1973 when cricket was added. Yachad’s son Shaul captained the 2009 Maccabi SA Junior Cricket team, bringing home gold. Adam Bacher competed in three Maccabiah, winning two gold and one silver medal. Dr Ali Bacher was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.

Team Maccabi SA is the team to beat at the Games. They have performed with distinction winning gold in both the Senior and Junior age groups at the last four Maccabiah: 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017, as well as gold in 1973, 1977, 1981 and 1989, silver in 1993 and 1997, and bronze in 1985. An impressive achievement!


Maccabi SA Junior Cricket has high levels of activity outside of the Maccabiah with an ongoing calendar of events for both primary and high school cricketers. In recent years, Maccabi SA Cricket has hosted very successful 20/20 tournaments, 50 overs competitions, coaching clinics, Dads & Lads days and fundraiser events.

Senior activity usually revolves around the Games, with team trials and selection taking place approximately 18 months beforehand.

For further info on cricket, please contact our Convenors:

Junior Cricket Convenor (U18): Joanne Tankle – 

Senior Cricket Convenor (18 -35): Matthew Rosen –