Richmond Cricket Club 3s, 4s face Melbourne in Grand Final

Led by Sam Kindlen and Tyler Walsh respectively, the 3s and 4s have made it to the Grand Final and will take on Melbourne Cricket Club at Albert Ground and Beaumaris Secondary College.

The 3s won the qualifying and semi final clash against Carlton and Dandenong by seven wickets – chasing down both the totals in relative ease. The team for the Grand Final remains unchanged with an experienced bowling line-up in Joshua Carroll, Toby Keast, Ashley Becker, Chansika Kapukotuwa and Jordan Hesline.

Hesline will join the side after being away in Hamilton representing the Victoria Emerging U18 Colts in the 2021 U19 Male Emerging Easter Series.

Richmond came on the top against Melbourne in the Round 1 clash between them and will look to emulate a similar peformance on Saturday.

The Albert Ground have Eftpos facilities and is the preferred method of payment. The Melbourne Cricket Club will also fire up the BBQ with sausages and burgers (meat and veggie) available to purchase.

The 4s, on the other hand, will lock horns at Melbourne’s home ground Beaumaris Secondary College. The 4s’ semifinal clash was abandoned due to rain and they went through on the basis of finishing higher in the ladder.

However, the 4s ended up on the winning side in a close finish against Casey-South Melbourne in the qualifying final.

The Beaumaris Oval will be cash only and will include a small selection of soft drinks and snacks. Alcohol can be sold and served only within the pavilion due to the ground being on school premises. Richmond supporters are encouraged to use the brand new social rooms at the Oval.

Both the games will be streamed live on Victorian Premier Cricket’s matchcentre.

Link to the 3s game:

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Here is how the teams line up for the Grand Final:

3s: Toby Keast, Chansika Kapuktowa, Sam Kindlen (c), Joshua Carroll, Ashley Becker, Jordan Hesline, Aaron Cross, Connor Hinds, Max Parker, James Dekel, Nic Cowling, Jacob Hinds

4s: Kieran Rice, Dulith Mihiripenna, Jackson Reed, Tyler Walsh (c), Jacob Carruthers, Benji Gore, Austin Bauer, Romesh Martinus, Jack Iverson, Aryan Arora, Harry Gell, Hrithik Katarey

Richmond 2s to take on Melbourne in qualifying final; 3s and 4s face Carlton and Casey respectively

With a win against Fitzroy Doncaster in round 17, Greg Connor-led 2s finished third in the ladder with 10 wins.

Richmond Cricket Club will take on the 6th placed Melbourne at Central Reserve North. Yash Pednekar, Bailey Moon, Shobit Singh and Dylan Tibbals have returned to the 2s. Melbourne finished on the winning side the last time both these sides met in the first round.

Sam Kindlen, meanwhile, captained the 3s to a 2nd spot in the ladder with 11 wins and just three points behind the leaders Melbourne. Richmond will face Carlton at Casey Fields No. 4. The 3s are coming off a thrilling last-ball victory against Fitzroy and will look to continue the momentum in the qualifying final.

Tyler Walsh’s men finished 3rd in the ladder with eight wins and 54 points. The 4s won consecutive games to secure a third place finish and will lock horns with Casey-South Melbourne at Casey Fields No 5.

All the games will be streamed live on Premier Cricket match centre or Victorian Premier Cricket’s YouTube channel.

Link for the 2s match which will begin at 10 am:

Link for the 3s match which starts at 11 am:

Link for the 4s match which starts at 11 am:

Here is how the teams line up:

2s: Dylan Tibballs, Jonathan D’Rozario, Jack Trevethan, Greg Connor (c), Bailey Moon, Krishna Padmanabhan, Yash Pednekar, Andrew Humphries, Zac Sleeman, Dan Scholz, Shobit Singh, Zac Sleeman

3s: Toby Keast, Chansika Kapuktowa, Sam Kindlen (c), Joshua Carroll, Ashley Becker, Jordan Hesline, Aaron Cross, Connor Hinds, Max Parker, James Dekel, Kyle Viccars, Jacob Hinds

4s: Kieran Rice, Dulith Mihiripenna, Jackson Reed, Tyler Walsh (c), Jacob Carruthers, Benji Gore, Austin Bauer, Romesh Martinus, Jack Iverson, Nic Cowling, Harry Gell, Hrithik Katarey

Melbourne University beat Richmond by 52 runs

Richmond Cricket Club were bowled out for 132 as Melbourne University completed a comprehensive win over the Tigers at the University Main Oval on Saturday.

Put in to bat, the University openers Harrison Emms and Fergus McKenna started off on a cautious note against the frontline pacers Marcus Berryman and Dylan Tibballs. But Sam Mills’ introduction into the attack led to the dismissal of McKenna for 15.

Tibballs quickly pounced on the opportunity and had James McNeil caught behind for 1. Emms and Andrew Young too were dismissed in quick succession by Berryman and Wil Parker respectively as the hosts found themselves reeling at 4/65.

However Andrej Yaksender (43) and Noah Croes (27) put on a 50-run stand before Bailey Moon broke the partnership. Dom Matarazzo, coming into the attack late, made an immediate impact with Yaksender’s wicket with the game poised in the balance with University at 6/135.

But Liam Scammell grabbed the opportunity with Simon MaCkin combined to carry the hosts to a respectable total. The pair could’ve carried on had it not been for Tibballs’ double whammy in the death overs as Richmond restricted University to 8/184.

It was a huge setback for Richmond to lose Scott Edwards early in the 185 chase. Although Shobit Singh (41) tried to resurrect the chase by holding one end up but none of the top order batsmen were able to get a start as Mark Stafford and Douglas Warren picked three wickets each.

Dom Matarazzo’s 30 too were in a losing cause as Richmond were bowled out for 132 with Bailey Moon remaining unbeaten on 14.


Richmond suffer humbling loss against Melbourne University

The Greg Connor-led 2s suffered their first loss since the fourth round as Melbourne University bowled out Richmond Cricket Club for 99 at Central Reserve North on Saturday.

The coin fell in Richmond’s favour and the opening bowlers made immediate inroads. Andrew Humphries and Chansika Kapukotuwa were spot on with their lengths as Humphries got the first wicket – courtesy a brilliant catch from Kyle Viccars – in the 9th over with Melbourne University on 12.

Kapukotuwa got rewarded for his disciplined bowling with Hugo Bienvenu’s wicket for 3. Mitchell Domann (24) and Daniel Hutton (26) got starts but couldn’t convert as Jake Trevethan and Toby Keast got the important wickets.

Humphries – with five maidens – and Kapukotuwa set the tone as Trevethan, Keast, D’Rozario picked up wickets as University continued to look for that defining partnership.

The lower order though – Jeremy Peacock (25), James Horn (19), Lucien Bienvenu (16) and Om Patel (20*) – all made modest contributions as University kept losing wickets at regular intervals. It was Benjamin Rolfs’ 42 however which allowed Melbourne University cross the 180-run mark as they set a target of 189.

Richmond – barring Dan Scholz who remained unbeaten on 45 – were never in the chase with Angus Molden and L Bienvenu scythed through the hosts with only Toby Keast and Jack Trevethan crossing the single digit figure. The hosts were bowled out for 99 and lost in what seemed to be an aberration to how Connor and Co have went about in this season. The 2s will shrug off this loss and will eye to bounce back against Fitzroy Doncaster ahead of the finals. 


Benji Gore stars in a thrilling win for Richmond at Princess Park

Richmond Cricket Club led by Aaron Cross successfully defended 142 as Benji Gore starred in the death overs to hand the visitors a brilliant victory against Melbourne University at Princess Park 3 on Saturday.

The visitors were in trouble with three batsmen back in the dugout before reaching the 50-run mark. But Max Parker (35) and Jordan Hesline (33) steadied the ship. Once Parker fell, it was Hrithik Katarey who chipped in with a vital 21. Richmond were eventually bowled out for 142 as Lachlan Melican picked up four wickets.

Ashley Becker and Tom Cashman didn’t let the Melbourne University openers get away with a blitz start as the hosts found run scoring difficult. Eventually, Becker was rewarded with Ali Khan’s wicket as he went through his defence.

The spin trio of – Jordan Hesline, Hrithik Katarey and Dulith Mihirpenna – then worked in unision snaring five wickets among them to put University under pressure.

The icing on the cake, however, was Gore’s nine-over spell. Gore bowled three maidens and took two wickets as he defended 11 runs in the final wicket.


Carruthers, Cowling-Iverson guide Richmond to important victory ahead of finals

Nic Cowling made a sensational comeback from injury and was well supported by Jack Iverson against Melbourne University. Jacob Carruthers though provided the final impetus with a five-wicket haul as Richmond Cricket Club won by 15 runs at Central Reserve South Oval on Saturday.

Cowling and Iverson made the most of Tyler Walsh’s decision to bat as the pair put on a mammoth 182-run stand as Melbourne University struggled to make any early inroads.

It seemed like Cowling will get to his century but he waltzed down the track to up the scoring rate and was stumped for 87. Iverson fell in a similar fashion and fell eight short of a ton. Richmond lost three more wickets in quick succession as they posted 5/215 in 45 overs.

Asked to chase 216, Jackson Reed provided the early breakthrough in Laban Ditchburn for 5. Reed had more say in the game as he also sent back Michael Forwood to the hut for 8.

Akon Mawien (37) and Alexander Gall (84) though were putting up a fight and pushed Richmond against the wall in a nail biting chase as Richmond failed to keep the pressure on Melbourne University.

Carruthers’ introduction though changed the equation of the match as Melbourne University had no answers to the extra pace he offered. Carruthers scalped a fiver with Walsh grabbing a spectacular return catch to bowl out the visitors for 200.

Richmond Cricket Club take on Melbourne University as finals series approaches

Richmond Cricket Club will once again have the services of Jake Fraser-McGurk for the fixture against Melbourne University as the 1s travel to University Main oval on Saturday.
The 2s  meanwhile will return to Central Reserve North and will be looking forward to continue their good run while one eye on maintaining their position in the ladder.

The 2nd ranked 3s will lock horns with the 12th ranked Melbourne University at Princess Park 3. The Aaron Cross-led side have a fantastic opportunity to keep the momentum going before the finals.

Tyler Walsh’s 4s, 5th in the ladder, would be keen to return to winning ways. The team will be high in spirits with Nic Cowling returning from injury after a brief absence.

Here is how the teams line up:

1s: Sam Mills, Dom Matarazzo, Marcus Berryman, Bailey Moon, Tim Goodman, Scott Edwards, Shobit Singh, Wil Parker, Yash Pednekar, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Dylan Tibballs

2s: Chansika Kapukotuwa, Krishna Padmanabhan, Greg Connor, Toby Keast, Zac Sleeman, Jonathan D’Rozario, Andrew Humphries, Jack Trevethan, Dan Scholz, Kyle Viccars, Adam Amin

3s: Dulith Mihirpenna, Aaron Cross, Hrithik Katarey, Ashley Becker, Jacob Hinds, James Dekel, Max Parker, Jordan Hesline, Benji Gore, Connor Hinds, Harry Gell, Tom Cashman

4s: Noah Bennett, Jackson Reed, Pritish Pancholi, Nic Cowling, Jack Iverson, Aryan Arora, Romesh Martinus, Ben McDonald, Jacob Carruthers, Ethan Stones, Austin Bauer, Tyler Walsh 

Tibballs to debut for 1s; Fraser-McGurk returns for St Kilda fixture 

After starting the season in the 3s, Dylan Tibballs has gone up the ladders quickly and is all set to debut for 1s for Richmond Cricket Club against St Kilda at Central Reserve North on Saturday. 

Jake Fraser-McGurk too returns to the 1s after the Shield games and the one day game. Scott Edwards is set to captain the team in Dom Matarazzo’s absence. 

Tom Cashman has earned a place in the 2s while Chansika Kapukotuwa, after a 5-for against Geelong, will feature for the Greg Connor-led team. The 2s will travel to Harry Trott Oval. The 4s, on the other hand, will have a debutant in Jackson Reed. Richmond U-16 player Fabian Di Domenico will don the Richmond jersey for the 4s too. The Tyler Walsh-led team will be hosted by St Kilda at Ian Johnson Oval.

The 3s, led by Aaron Cross, will play at the Central Reserve South.

Here are the XIs for the St Kilda fixture:

1s: Dylan Tibballs, Wil Parker, Bailey Moon, Sam Mills, Tim Goodman, Marcus Berryman, Yash Pednekar, Shobit Singh, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Andrew Humphries Scott Edwards (c)

2s: Tom Cashman, Krishna Padmanabhan, Chansika Kapukotuwa, Aadam Amin, Jack Trevethan, Toby Keast, Jonathan D’Rozario, Kyle Viccars, Dan Scholz, Zac Sleeman, Greg Connor (c)

3s: Ashley Becker, Max Parker, Pritish Pancholi, Hrithik Katarey, Benji Gore, Dulith Mihirpenna, Jordan Hesline, James Dekel, Harry Gell, Connor Hinds, Jacob Hinds, Aaron Cross (c)

4s: Nova Bennett, Ethan Stones, Jacob Carruthers, Jackson Reed, Cam Stow, Ben McDonald, Austin Bauer, Fabian Di Domenico, Aryan Arora, Romesh Martinus, Jack Iverson, Tyler Walsh (c)

Dan Scholz to debut for 1s; Humphries, Parker return for Northcote fixture

Dan Scholz’s magnificent century and consistency has helped him earn a spot in the 1s after starting the season in the 4s. Andrew Humphries, meanwhile, has also returned to the 1s while Wil Parker will be in action as well when Richmond Cricket Club take on Northcote at Central Reserve North on Saturday.

The 2s, third on the ladder, will take on Northcote, who are seventh, at Bill Lawry Oval. The 3s will take field at the Central Reserve South.

The 4s will see two debutants in Austin Bauer and Austin Anlezark as they look to consolidate on a strong position at Mayer Park.

Here are how the teams line up against Northcote:

1s: Marcus Berryman, Bailey Moon, Scott Edwards, Dan Scholz, Sam Mills, Dom Matarazzo, Shobit Singh, Andrew Humphries, Wil Parker, Yash Pednekar, Tim Goodman

2s: Greg Connor, Jack Trevethan, Connor Hinds, Toby Keast, Zac Sleeman, James Dekel, Kyle Viccars, Adam Amin, Krishna Padmanabhan, Dylan Tibballs, Jonathan D’Rozario

3s: Dulith Mihirpenna, Hrithik Katarey, Aaron Cross, Sam Kindlen, Benji Gore, Nic Cowling, Chansika Kapukotuwa, Max Parker, Jacob Hinds, Tom Cashman, Max Parker, Harry Gell

4s: Tyler Walsh, Cam Stow, Austin Bauer, Aryan Arora, Jacob Carruthers, Austian Anlezar, Ethan Stones, Ashley Becker, Romesh Martinus, Jack Iverson, Ben McDonald, Prithish Pancholi

Bowlers make merry as Richmond win Greenvale clash with bonus point

Richmond Cricket Club skipper Dom Matarazzo and Marcus Berryman were the architects of a remarkable fightback as the visitors bowled out Greenvale for 105 to end a win drought at Greenvale Reserve 1.

After losing the toss, Greenvale’s Sean McNicholl and Darcy Bell combined to put the hosts in command. Richmond lost Scott Edwards, Yash Pednekar and Tim Goodman for single digits. A brief promising partnership between Adam Amin and Shobit Singh was ended by Bell with Amin dismissed for 10, while Singh’s stay at the crease was cut short by McNicholl.

The recovery phase started off at 5/34 for Jonathan D’Rozario which quickly turned into 6/53. But D’Rozario and Matarazzo pulled the team out of the hole by occupying the crease with some cautious batting.

Greenvale though struck again with D’Rozario being sent back for 19. Berryman (21), Sam Mills (18) and Bailey Moon (10*) then supported Matarazzo (30) to take Richmond’s score to a fighting total of 160.

Richmond’s new ball bowlers made immediate impact too putting Greenvale in pressure as Haseeb Qureshi and Nicholas Dixon were castled by Matarazzo and Berryman respectively. A watchful partnership between Connor Hayes and Michael Stretton was put to rest by Bailey Moon, who played his first game in the 1s this season.

At 5/47, Greenvale were on the backfoot and failed to put on any substantial stand from there with Richmond picking up wickets at regular intervals.

In the end, it was Sam Mills (7-3-6-1) and Krishna Padmanabhan (6.4-3-7-3) who kept Greenvale under the pump as Richmond bowled out the home side for 105 thus registering a healthy 55-run victory.


Scholz, Humphries slam centuries in Richmond’s mammoth 178-run victory

Richmond Cricket Club opener Dan Scholz was on song as he batted through 50 overs to compile a fantastic unbeaten 105, while Andrew Humphries smashed 121. The bowlers backed up the batsmen by folding Greenvale for 122 as Greg Connor and Co crushed the visitors by 178 runs at Central Reserve North on Saturday.

Dan Scholz began the innings on an aggressive note taking on Greenvale spinners Musaddiq Ali and Humza Ali early on. But as soon as Zac Sleeman changed his gears, Scholz dropped anchor.

Sleeman was aggressive as Richmond reached the 50-run mark in the 11th over. The duo put on 91 before Sleeman was out against the run of play for 57 off Trent Waring.

Scholz again took the attack to the opposition allowing Kyle Viccars to settle down. However, the southpaw was stumped for 7.

Humphries, walking in at 4, started off uncharacteristically – taking 9 deliveries to get off the mark. But once he found his mojo, runs started flowing as the duo brought up the 200-run mark in the 42nd over.

Humphries then put on a batting display – even reverse sweeping Usher for a six – as Richmond scored 74 runs in the last seven overs taking the team’s total to 2/300.

Chasing 301, Greenvale never seemed to be in the game. Andrew Humphries (3/17) was on a roll once again as he and Tibballs (2/13) reduced the visitors to 5/22 in the powerplay.

The procession of wickets continued as Toby Keast (3/26) and Jordan Hesline (1/27) cleaned up the lower order. Only Bernard Kelly provided some resistance with 47 with Waring (19) and Black (19).

With Greenvale making a 36-run stand for the 10th wicket, skipper Greg Connor came into the attack and removed Black for 19, picking up his first wicket in Premier Cricket, which sealed a comprehensive win at home.


Richmond get back to winning ways after Hinds’ 62 against Greenvale

Richmond Cricket Club broke its winless run thanks to an all-round performance from the bowlers and a crucial knock from Jacob Hinds at Greenvale Reserve 4 on Saturday.

Having come back to the XI, Sam Kindlen won the toss and opted to field. Tom Cashman and Chansika Kapukotuwa both gave early breakthroughs as openers Ashley Reeh and Charlie Winchester were dismissed for 1 and 9 respectively.

Greenvale’s middle order batsmen M O’Shea (22), B Constable (27) and N Panaia (40) rose up to the occasion as the hosts were 2/50 at one stage. But Dulith Mihirpenna and Hrithik Katarey made it 4/104.

The wickets didn’t stop to tumble from thereon as all the bowlers, including skipper Kindlen, were among the wickets.

With Greenvale bowled out for 138, Richmond openers Nic Cowling and Hinds provided a decent start to the chase. However, with the opening stand nearing the 50-run mark, Isaac Carton got rid of Cowling while Henro Dias struck again with Aaron Cross’s wicket.

Hinds (62) though got ample support in Max Parker (25) as Richmond continued to be in the driver’s seat. After Hinds fell for 62, Kindlen ensured that the team gets home and finished off the match with a ramp shot.


Gell’s 101 helps Richmond down Greenvale at Central Reserve South

Centurion Harry Gell turned out to be the difference between both teams as Richmond Cricket Club steamrolled Greenvale Kangaroos at Central Reserve South on Saturday.

Having lost the toss, Greenvale got early inroads to gain some momentum as Richmond lost Romesh Martinus, Aryan Arora and Ben McDonald. At 3/41, the visitors were slightly ahead in the game as well.

But Gell and Tyler Walsh’s 57-run stand put things back into the balance. However, Ziggy Evans and Daksh Kumar didn’t let Richmond settle as they further chipped away at the wickets with the score reading 6/133.

Prithish Pancholi’s cameo of 18 helped but it was Gell who played the mature hand and then his aggressive intent ensured that Richmond ended up posting 7/213.

Greenvale never got off to a start in the chase as Walsh reduced them to 4/14. It was always a tall task from there but it was a happy hunting day for Richmond bowlers as Cam Stow bowled beautifully for his two wickets. Jacob Carruthers, Ethan Stones and Pancholi all made contributions in the wickets column for a massive 104-run victory.

Edwards’ 69 goes in vain as Ringwood beat Richmond by five wickets

Richmond Cricket Club suffered another loss at Russell Lucas Oval as Ringwood beat Dom Matarazzo and Co by five wickets on Saturday.

Having been put in to bat, Richmond openers Jake Fraser-McGurk and Scott Edwards started off on a decent note as the duo put on a 40-run stand.

Ringwood’s first change David King, though, put an end to Fraser-McGurk’s innings. Wil Parker (10) and Tim Goodman (16) tried to play the second fiddle to Edwards, who scored a 50 and has now amassed 478 runs in the tournament. However Parker and Goodman failed to convert their starts as Richmond were reduced to 3/114.

Goodman’s wicket though led to a collapse as King, Brendan Walsh and Zak Evans combined to dismiss the lower batting order in quick succession as Richmond were struggling at 8/139. Marcus Berryman put on a fight but eventually was dismissed for 13 as Ringwood bundled Richmond out for 160.

Chasing 161, Ringwood’s openers Thomas Rogers and Ian Holland stitched together a 54-run stand to put the hosts in a dominant position. Breakthroughs from Krishna Padmanabhan and Mitch Perry proved to be slightly late as Rogers (63) and Jack Blain (43*) kept Ringwood in control. As a result, even a late burst from Sam Mills (3/25) wasn’t enough for Richmond to bounce back as the hosts chased down the target with 5 wickets in hand.


Pednekar, Singh star in Richmond’s comprehensive nine-wicket win

Yash Pednekar and Shobit Singh compiled a mammoth stand at Central Reserve North as Richmond Cricket Club crushed Ringwood by nine wickets on Saturday.

The toss fell in Greg Connor’s favour who chose to bowl. Ringwood openers Corey Dinnen and Benjamin Gibson started on a positive note on a track which seemed to be toothless.

The pair were cautious enough to provide a solid foundation until Joshua Carroll had Gibson dismissed for 15. Christopher Moorhouse though held one end up as Dineen took the attack to the opposition after reaching the 50-run mark. The explosive opener refused to change his gears as Richmond looked to break the momentum as Ringwood were near 1/143 in the 31st over and threatening to reach the 275-run mark.

However, clever bowling changes and composed captaincy from Connor meant that Richmond staged a sensational comeback. Dan Scholz clean bowled Dineen for 95 which led to a sudden fall in the run rate. Harry Flynn and Tyson Freeman struck a couple of blows but Dylan Tibballs, Bailey Moon and Andrew Humphries bowled exceptionally in the death as the hosts kept the visitors’ total to 8/236.

High on confidence after a string of wins – including two small albeit successful chases – Richmond’s openers Pednekar and Singh refused to provide any chances for Ringwood openers.

The duo were patient and never let the scoreboard pressure get to them with clever rotation of strike and punishing the bad balls efficiently. Initially Singh dropped anchor while Pednekar was slightly more aggressive. But once the pair brought together the 100-run stand in the 27th over, runs started flowing as Pednekar hit a fifty followed by Singh.

Pednekar and Singh were hardly troubled by the Ringwood bowlers until Vishwa Ramkumar, making his debut in the 2s, scalped his maiden wicket as Singh holed out for a gritty 77 thus ending the 172-run opening stand.

Pednekar (118*) though was unperturbed by his partner’s dismissal as he smashed his second ton of the season and was well supported by Kyle Viccars (30*) at the other end as Richmond chased down 237 in the 50th over with nine wickets in hand.


Dekel fights lone battle as Ringwood down Richmond by 27 runs

James Dekel’s 111 was the highest score of the fixture at Jubilee Park but it wasn’t enough as Richmond Cricket Club fell short by 27 runs against Ringwood on Saturday.

Batting first, Archie Flynn (44), Angus Adamson (42) and Trent Wynne (52) were the main contributors for Ringwood as they posted 8/221. Ashley Becker made a fitting comeback from injury as the pacer ended up with figures of 4/40 with Jordan Hesline (1/42) and Dulith Mihirpenna (1/32) being the other wicket takers.

Richmond’s batting – barring Dekel – never seemd to be get going though as all the Ringwood pacers chipped in with regular wickets with Govind Nandini (3/27) being the pick of the bowlers. Dekel produced a sensational individual effort in a boundary-laden century but eventually lost out on partners as Richmond folded for 194.


Dhruval Parikh four-for helps Richmond stage incredible comeback, win by 27 runs

Richmond Cricket Club bounced back from a difficult position to end up victorious against Ringwood at Central Reserve South on Saturday.

After losing Aryan Arora for a duck, Jack Iverson (16) and Harry Gell (32) steadied the position. Even Ben McDonald (21) got a start after Iverson’s wicket but Matthew Mountain took three wickets in quick succcession as Richmond were in tatters at 6/89.

But Tom Cashman, an efficient batsman, pulled Richmond out of the hole with a 61-ball 39-run vigil and Jacob Carruthers chipped in with 13 as Richmond finished on 163.

The chase seemed to be in Ringwood’s control with Cambell Mole (33) going great guns but Dhruval Parikh had him stumped. Earlier, Noah Bennett, making his debut, grabbed his debut wicket as he sent Blair Allan back to the hut for 14.

Mole’s dismissal on 67 led to a remarkable collapse as Ringwood lost five wickets for 9 runs. The fielding was also spot on as Una Raymond-Hoey and Jack Beer were run out for 10 and 3 respectively.

From then on Tyler Walsh completed the formalities as Richmond won by 27 runs. Apart from Parikh (4/30), Jacob Carruthers (2/16), Bennett (1/16) and Walsh (1/8) contributed with the wickets.

Padmanabhan returns to 1s for Ringwood clash: Bennett to make club debut

Krishna Padmanabhan’s consistent performances – 13 wickets in 4 matches – have helped him return to the 1s as Richmond Cricket Club travel to Russell Lucas Oval to take on Ringwood in Round 10 on Saturday.

Ringwood’s last game against Melbourne University was called off while the 1s lost to Prahran. Matarazzo and Co would be keen to get back to winning ways

The 3s, on the other hand, will be led by Aaron Cross again with Ashley Becker making his comeback after an injury. Becker, who got injured during the sixth round, picked up four wickets in his last game against Carlton in the 2s.

The 2s’ bowling has been dominant in the previous two wins as Greg Connor’s men return to Central Reserve North. Meanwhile, the 4s will be eyeing an uninterrupted game after the clash against Prahran was called off.

The 4s will feature a debutant in Noah Bennett.

Here are how the teams line up:

1s: Jonathan D’Rozario, Sam Mills, Dom Matarazzo, Marcus Berryman, Krishna Padmanabhan, Adam Amin, Scott Edwards, Wil Parker, Tim Goodman, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mitch Perry

2s: Dylan Tibballs, Greg Connor, Zac Sleeman, Dan Scholz, Yash Pednekar, Toby Keast, Andrew Humphries, Shobit Singh, Kyle Viccars, Joshua Carroll, Bailey Moon

3s: James Dekel, Benji Gore, Jack Trevethan, Jacob Hinds, Nic Cowling, Aaron Cross, Jordan Hesline, Hrithik Katarey, Dulith Mihirpenna, Max Parker, Ashley Becker, Connor Hinds

4s: Dhruval Parikh, Jacob Carruthers, Tom Cashman, Harry Gell, Aryan Arora, Romesh Martinus, Tyler Walsh, Nova Bennett, Ethan Stones, Jack Iverson, Chansika Kapukotuwa, Ben McDonald

Prahran beat Richmond Cricket Club by five wickets

Richmond Cricket Club’s bowlers made the most of a measly total but Prahran Cricket Club beat the home side by five wickets at Central Reserve North on Saturday.

Put in to bat first, Richmond lost Jake Fraser-McGurk early as he drove it straight to Lachlan Bangs for 4. The situation became precarious very soon as Wil Parker and Tim Goodman were dismissed for 1 and 0 respectively.

Scott Edwards though continued to be at the top of his game and tried to rebuild the innings with Adam Amin (23). But Will Sutherland had Amin nicked for 23. Sutherland then trapped Jonathan D’Rozario LBW for 0 as Richmond slumped further.

In the midst of the wickets though, Edwards brought up yet another fifty. Edwards and Mitch Perry denied Prahran another breakthrough but found run scoring slightly difficult before Andrew Perrin went through Perry’s defence. Edwards fell immediately with the score reading 7/91.

Marcus Berryman (15) and Sam Mills (15*)carried the hosts past the 100-run mark but Richmond were bowled out for 127 in the 48th over.

Perry and Berryman made Nicholas Blaich and Damon Egan work hard for their runs as they bowled very frugally. Eventually Berryman sent Blaich to the hut for 13 with Joshua Carroll completing the catch.

Returning skipper Dom Matarazzo then struck in his first over by castling Egan for 20. However Jake Hancock and Sutherland put together a stubborn 67-run stand to deny Richmond any other openings.

Richmond did fight back with three wickets very quickly as Hancock, Bangs and Sutherland fell in quick succession but Gunning and Wilcox took Prahran over the line in the 44th over.


Richmond skittle Prahran out for 71, make heavy weather of easy chase

Greg Connor and his men were once again on a roll after bowling Essendon out for 58 as Prahran folded for 71 at Toorak Park on Saturday.

Despite losing the toss, Richmond started the game on the upper hand with Dylan Tibbals – bowling for the first time in the season – drew first blood in the form of Nicholas King.

Prahran failed to string together any partnerships as all the Richmond bowlers were among the wickets. While, Tibbals (1/9) and Bailey Moon (2/9) were exceptional at the top, Andrew Humphries and Krishna Padmanabhan bowled unchanged and ended their quote with figures of 2/30 and 3/20 respectively. Padmanabhan now has picked up 13 wickets in his last four wickets.

Bowled out for 72, Richmond lost Yash Pednekar and Shobit Singh early in the chase courtesy Benjamin Sexton and Nigel Hunt. Kyle Viccars and Padmanabhan compiled a 25-run partnership before the former was out for 16.

It led to a mini collapse as Richmond went from 3/43 to 7/69 but Daniel Scholz and Moon took Richmond home in the 19th over and three wickets in hand.


Prahran defeat Richmond despite Parker-Katarey’s brilliant stand

Richmond Cricket Club lost their successive game in the 3s as Prahran beat the hosts by seven wickets at Central Reserve South on Saturday.

Apart from James Dekel, who scored, 25, none of the top six Richmond batsmen got to a start to their innings with Nic Cowling and Jordan Hesline dismissed for 14 and 11 respectively.

Richmond were struggling at 6/67 as Callum Elvins and Kevin Seth picked three wickets each. However, young Max Parker and Hrithik Katarey didn’t let the situation get to them and steadied the position for the hosts.

Their communication between the wickets was brilliant as Richmond crossed the 150-run mark. It was only in the slog overs, with the pair trying to up the ante, that Katarey was run out for 48. And then Parker mishit one off Elvins to Munasinghe as Richmond were bundled out for 158.

Prahran started the 159-run chase on a good note with John Flynn and Cameron Hemp putting on a 73-run opening stand. But Hesline and Mihirpenna took back to back wickets to put Richmond under pressure with Flynn and Delaney dismissed for 49 and 0 respectively.

However Michael Parsons and Seth ensured Prahran face no further hiccups as they chased down the target in the 36th over.


The fixture between Richmond and Prahran at Righetti Oval was called off without a ball being bowled due to wet outfield.