Melbourne Cricket Club nosed slightly ahead on Saturday at Central Reserve North in the Round 7 fixture. Having declared at 8/279, Fergus O’Neill and Jackson Koop both picked up a wicket to reduce the home side to 2/16 at stumps.
Blake Thomson and Jack Harper started the innings with an attacking approach for Melbourne, with the former finding the boundary seven times. However, Jack Trevethan made an immediate impact – striking in his first over – and sending Harper back. Tigers cashed in on the opening as skipper Dom Matarazzo picked up two quick wickets.
At the stroke of lunch, Melbourne lost Matthew Brown and Cameron White. Monash found themselves in an enviable position with Melbourne 5/130 at the end of first session.
But Andre de Lange and Bradeley Melville helped Melbourne recover with an 86-run stand before Marcus Berryman took two wickets off consecutive deliveries. However de Lange’s presence helped the away side as he found support in O’Neill (20) and Sean Sturrock (31).
The 2nd placed side declared at 8/279 leaving – De Lange remained unbeaten on 79 – leaving the Tigers with an awkward phase of 10 overs to close out the day.
Krishna Padmanabhan mixed caution with aggression, scoring a couple of boundaries but Melbourne ended the day by dismissing Adam Amin and Jackson Waters. Matarazzo, who walked in at 4, remains unbeaten on 1 and will resume innings with Padmanabhan (12).
Viccars and Cross lead recovery at Albert Ground; Melbourne dismissed for 175
Bailey Moon’s four-wicket haul helped Richmond skittle Melbourne for 175 at the Albert Ground on Saturday. But Melbourne bounced back in the second half of the day reducing Tigers to 4/89 at stumps.
Barring skipper Peter Petricola, who scored a valiant 99, none of the Melbourne batsmen crossed 20. Among the wickets for Tigers were Josh Carroll (2), Jonathan D’Rozario (2), and Luke Stow (2).
Having lost four early wickets, Kyle Viccars (46) and Aaron Cross (21) forged a 76-run unbeaten stand to see the team through to stumps.
Melbourne end day at 8/314 at Central Reserve South
Melbourne captain William Ryan compiled an innings of 151 as his side finished Day 1 at 8/314 at Central Reserve South on Saturday.
Tom Cashman was the pick of the bowlers for the Tigers as he struck three times. Xavier McGrath and Harry Buck ended the day with two wickets each.
Tyler Walsh picks up four wickets; Melbourne 6/261 at stumps
Tigers’ captain Tyler Walsh led from the front ending the day with four wickets as Melbourne put on a collective batting performance at Beaumaris Secondary College – North Oval on Saturday.
Trent Thompson top scored for the home side with 74 and opener Maxwell Tucker was dismissed for 55.
Rachit Sharma and Benji Gore also found themselves in the wickets column with both dismissing P Frawley and J Meehan respectively.
Melbourne Cobras defeat Monash Tigers’ Academy team
Melbourne Cobras registered a comfortable win against Monash Tigers at Central Reserve South on Sunday in the Round 7 fixture.
J Scott, B McDonald, E Wright and E Stones were among the wickets for the Academy team. Cobras posted a total of 271.
R Chandel played the anchor role in the chase with a 60-run knock with E Stones playing a handy innings of 32. But the lack of partnerships hurt the Tigers as the Cobras restricted the home side to 8/167 in 45 overs.
By Devdutt Kshirsagar