Richmond look to continue winning run against Carlton

Richmond Cricket Club, 7th on the ladder after a couple of good wins, will look to continue the form as they take on Carlton Cricket Club at Princes Park 1 on Saturday.

The 1s beat Kingston Hawthorn comfortably and will be unchanged. The 3s, who are unbeaten in the tournament will travel to Princes Park 2. Nic Cowling returns to the opening spot after missing the Kingston fixture while Ashley Becker has earned an opportunity to play for the 2s after some impressive performances. Apart from that change, the 2s will field the same XI and will play at Central Reserve North.

Ethan Stones had a terrific debut for the 4s and has retained his spot for the game against Carlton. 

Here are how the teams line up:

1s: Zac Sleeman, Scott Edwards, Kyle Viccars, Tim Goodman, Adam Amin, Jonathan D’Rozario, Marcus Berryman, Sam Mills, Dom Matarazzo (c), Toby Keast, Reiley Mark

2s: Yash Pednekar, Shobit Singh, Krishna Padmanabhan, Andrew Humphries, Dan Scholz, Dylan Tibballs, Bailey Moon, Connor Hinds, Greg Connor(c), Joshua Carroll, Ashley Becker

3s: Jacob Hinds, Nic Cowling, Jordan Hesline, Aaron Cross, James Dekel, Max Parker, Hrithik Katarey, Sam Kindlen (c), Tom Cashman, Dulith Mihirpenna, Jack Trevethan, Benji Gore

4s: Jack Iverson, Aryan Arora, Harry Gell, Ben McDonald, Tyler Walsh (c), Romesh Martinus, Ethan Stones, Prithish Pancholi, Xavier McGrath, Dhruval Parikh, Kieran Rice, Jacob Carruthers

Scott Edwards smashes 121 as Richmond beat Kingston with bonus point

Richmond Cricket Club strung together two wins in a row courtesy Scott Edwards’ aggressive ton against Kingston Hawthorn at the Walter Galt Reserve on Saturday.

Having been put in to bat, Kingston struck early with the wicket of Zac Sleeman and albeit getting off to a promising start, Kyle Viccars fell for 14. From there on, the experienced pair of Edwards and Tim Goodman steadied the ship for the away team.

Goodman, usually the aggressor, played the role of a second fiddle as Edwards took the attack the opposition in a boundary-laden innings of 121.

Building on the foundation of a 155-run stand between Edwards and Goodman, who got dismissed for 73, Adam Amin played his natural game to ensure Richmond get past the 300-run mark, with breathtaking innings of 47, which included four boundaries and two sixes.

With 306 to defend, Marcus Berryman was at his usual best striking twice in his first spell to put Kingston on the back foot. Matthew Vorbach and Shorye Chopra did try to resurrect the innings with a 63-run partnership but Chopra was run out for 30 and skipper Dom Matarazzo sent Vorbach back to the hut for 33.

Ramneet Dhindsa’s attempt to change the momentum of the chase – he slammed four sixes and three boundaries in his 44 – was cut short by an inspired bowling change as Amin backed up his performance with the bat by doing some damage with the ball as well.

Although Joel Lewis compiled together an unbeaten 50, Richmond were always in the driver’s seat and never really allowed the game drift away from their control as the away side restricted Kingston to 9/231 to win the bonus point.

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Richmond beat Kingston by three wickets in a thriller despite Attanayake’s 112

Daniel Scholz and Joshua Carroll took Richmond Cricket Club home from a precarious situation to deny Kingston Hawthorn a victory at Central Reserve North on Saturday.

The coin fell in Richmond’s favour and Greg Connor opted to bowl. The decision worked as Bailey Moon drew first blood very early with Jake Marnie dismissed for 1.

Kingston lost wickets in regular intervals as Andrew Humphries – who bowled 10 overs straight for only 25 runs with two wickets to his name – didn’t allow the batsmen to cut loose and maintained the pressure on them. Apart from Humphries, Moon was the pick of the bowlers who bowled well at the top as well as the death with his numbers reading 4/41 in 10 overs. Moon also displayed great character to trap Ab Das lbw after the latter changed the gears against him.

It was only Attanayake’s vigil, who batted through the 50 overs, that ensured Kingston posted a respectable total of 7/215.

Despite losing an early wicket, Shobhit Singh and Krishna Padmanabhan dug deep to ensure that Richmond are ahead in the chase. The pair put on a 100-run stand before Padmanabhan was dismissed for a well-made 48. Humphries upped the ante with his typical counter attacking approach in his 21 before Zack Richardson, who took three wickets, sent him back.

Humphries’ dismissal led to a mini collapse as Singh fell for 62 thanks to some intelligent change up in pace from Kingston skipper Lyle D’Rozario, who bowled the set batsman. Connor Hinds, Dylan Tibballs and Bailey Moon then fell in quick succession.

The onus was on Daniel Scholz and Joshua Carroll to take the team over the finishing line from 7/170. The duo refrained from taking unnecessary risks and decided to play deep and eventually their 46-run stand helped them clinch the victory.

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Richmond Cricket Club maintain outstanding run against Kingston

An all-round performance from the Sam Kindlen-led Richmond helped the 3s remain unbeaten in the tournament as they beat Kingston Hawthorn at Highett Reserve on Saturday.

The bulk of the scoring was done by Jacob Hinds (37), Jordan Hesline (63) and Aaron Cross (38) with Kingston conceding almost 32 extras as Richmond posted 9/214 in their quota of overs.

The chase never got going for Kingston as Ashley Becker and Tom Cashman made vital inroads with the new ball reducing the hosts to 3/20. Kingston from then really failed to string together a substantial partnership to threaten Richmond, who restricted the home side to 9/150 and grabbing a comprehensive win on the road.

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Bowlers make merry as Richmond win by 9 wickets

It was a field day for Richmond Cricket Club bowlers at the Central Reserve South as they crushed Kinston Hawthorn by 9 wickets on Saturday.

Brought into the side, Ethan Stones starred with his four wickets for 43. But equally important was Kieran Rice’s role who bowled two maidens in his 9 overs and conceded 18 runs. The combined bowling effort of Dhurval Parikh (2/5), Prithish Pancholi (1/11) and Cam Stow (1/15) helped bowl out Kingston for 136.

The opening pair of Aryan Arora and Jack Iverson put on a responsible 84-run stand to put a Kingston victory out of the question. Although Arora was dismissed for 41, Iverson, who remained not out on 78, chased down the target with comparative ease in the 33rd over with some help from Romesh Martinus’ 14.

Richmond Cricket Club face Kingston Hawthorn for first game of 2021

The Richmond Cricket Club will kick off the new year by travelling to Walter Galt Reserve to take on Kingston Hawthorn in the Round 5 on Saturday.

Jonathan D’Rozario has been promoted to the 1s after a couple of good knocks against Dandenong and Frankston Peninsula. That is the only change to the team, whose last game was a win against Frankston Peninsula. The 3s, still unbeaten in the tournament, will travel to Highett Reserve and will be looking to continue the good run.

The 2s and 4s meanwhile will play at Central Reserve North and South respectively.

Here are how the teams line up:

1s: Zac Sleeman, Scott Edwards, Kyle Viccars, Tim Goodman, Adam Amin, Jonathan D’Rozario, Marcus Berryman, Sam Mills, Dom Matarazzo (c), Toby Keast, Reiley Mark

2s: Yash Pednekar, Shobit Singh, Krishna Padmanabhan, Andrew Humphries, Dylan Tibballs, Connor Hinds, Bailey Moon, Dan Scholz, Greg Connor (c), Joshua Carroll, Jack Trevethan

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

4s: Jack Iversom, Aryan Arora, Romesh Martinus, Ben McDonald, Tyler Walsh, E Stones, Pritish Pancholi, Jacob Carruthers, Xavier McGrath, Dhruval Parikh, Kieran Rice, Cam Stow

Richmond name unchanged XI as they lock horns with Frankston Peninsula

The Richmond Cricket Club have named an unchanged XI for all the four sides against Frankston Peninsula on Saturday.

The 1s fought hard and made most of a measly target of 111 against Dandenong, however they came second eventually. Dom Matarazzo will lead the unchanged XI as they look to get back to winning ways ahead of the Christmas break.

The 1s and 3s, who are unbeaten so far in the tournament, will play at Central Reserve North and Central Reserve South respectively.

The 2s, on the other hand, travel to the AH Buttler Oval. The 4s, meanwhile, will play their Round 4 fixture at AH Buttler Oval on 20 December, Saturday.

Here is how the teams line up for the 4th round:

1s

Zac Sleeman, Scott Edwards, Kyle Viccars, Tim Goodman, Adam Amin, Marcus Berryman, Sam Mills, Dom Matarazzo (c), Krishna Padmanabhan, Toby Keast, Reiley Mark

2s

Yash Pednekar, Connor Hinds, Shobit Singh, Jonathan D’Rozario, Andrew Humphries, Dylan Tibballs, Daniel Scholz, Greg Connor (c), Bailey Moon, Joshua Carroll, Jack Trevethan

3s

Jacob Hinds, Nic Cowling, Jordan Hesline, Aaron Cross, James Dekel, Max Parker, Hrithik Katarey, Sam Kindlen (c), Tom Cashman, Benji Gore, Dulith Mihirpenna, Ashley Becker

4s

Romesh Martinus, Aryan Arora, Harry Gell, Jack Iverson, Ben McDonald, Tyler Walsh (c), Prithish Pancholi, Jacob Carruthers, Dhruval Parikh, Kieran Rice, Xavier McGrath, Cam Stow

Forsyth, Randiv take Dandenong home after Reiley Mark special at Shepley Oval

Dandenong almost hit the panic button at Shepley Oval as they were 7/62 chasing 111 at Shepley Oval against Richmond Cricket Club on Saturday. However, Bretty Forsyth and Suraj Randiv steadied the innings as the home side won by three wickets.

Opting to bowl, Dandenong were off to a dream start with the top four batsmen sent back to the hut for single digits by opening duo of James Nanopoulos and Peter Cassidy. Adam Amin and Marcus Berryman tried to ressurect the innings with a 28-run stand however the former was dismissed for 18.

With no substantial partnership from the top order, Sam Mills (32) played a lone hand with Toby Keast (15) providing strong support as Richmond were skittled out for 110.

Richmond skipper’s move to begin with spin paid off as Reiley Mark drew first blood in the first over trapping opposition skipper Tom Donnell for a duck. Lincoln Edwards and Forsyth didn’t let the early wicket perturb them as they played out Mark and Matarazzo cautiously before the spinner got rid of Edwards.

Matarazzo, who was exceptionally frugal with four maidens in his 10 overs, then took his 300th wicket for the club by getting Edward Newman cheaply. The Tigers cashed in on the opening as Dandenong slipped from 3/40 to 7/62 with Mark, Keast and Berryman all chipping with the wickets.

However, the pair of Donnell and Randiv handled the situation fairly well as an unbeaten 50-run stand saw them win the low scoring thriller by three wickets.

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Dandenong beat Richmond by seven wickets after D’Rozario 80

All the Dadenenong batsmen chipped in as the away side chased down 211 against Richmond Cricket Club at Central Reserve North on Saturday.

The coin fell in Greg Connor’s favour as Richmond opted to bat. Openers Connor Hinds and Yash Pednekar started off decently with quick running between the wickets however Adam McMaster broke the opening stand by dismissing Hinds.

Richmond were still in control after Shobit Singh’s arrival at the crease but Pednekar fell soon after for 37 as Dandenong took a flurry of wickets with the home side finding themselves in trouble at 4/77.

But Dylan Tibballs (24) and Jonathan D’Rozario (80) steadied the innings with a 56-run stand. Skipper Connor (20) too played an important hand as D’Rozario completed his first fifty of the season, helping the team score 210.

Dandenong though were off to a solid start with a 68-run stand between Slater and Wills, before Daniel Scholz snapped up the former for 32. However, there was no respite for the Tigers as the other Forsyth – Cameron Forsyth – teamed up with Wills to keep their side in the driver’s seat. Scholz and Humphries did strike to put some pressure back however captain Forsyth remained unbeaten on 62 to guide the team to victory.

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Richmond beat Dandenong as Sam Kindlen and Co win three on the trot

Richmond Cricket Club maintained their good run at the Wilson Oval as the visitors beat Dandenong by seven runs on Saturday.

Batting first, Jacob Hinds (45) was once again in the runs as he provided a good start with an aggressive 45. Then it was Aaron Cross (53) and James Dekel (58) who consolidated on the start. Hrithik Katarey’s quickfire innings of 21 off 16 in the end meant that the Tigers posted 7/241.

It was Tom Cashman who put Richmond in the front with a couple of early wickets while, after a crucial innings, Katarey had Andrey Fernando caught for 24 with Dandenong reeling at 3/35.

Daud Malik and Angus Newman then dug deep to stitch a 88-run stand to put things back at even-stevens. Jordan Heslin, however, broke the stubborn stand as Malik got out for 42.

From there on, it was the debutant Dulith Mihirpenna who just swung the game in Richmond’s favour by picking up four wickets in five overs to give the away side their third win on the trot.

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Dandenong beat Richmond comprehensively at the Central South Oval

Richmond Cricket Club were overpowered by Dandenong openers Jaskabeer Singh and Mayank Verma as they chased down 125 with ease to leave Central Reserve South with a resounding victory on Saturday.

Opting to bat, Richmond were off to a decent albeit slow start, with Aryan Arora notching up a half century with Romesh Martinus at the other end. But Martinus’ run out for 15 led to a heap of wickets as Richmond went from 0/69 to 5/82.

Tyler Walsh tried to rebuild the innings but he was trapped LBW by Bhavya Bhatia, who ended up with a six-wicket haul in his eight overs as Richmond were bowled out for 124.

While Verma finished the innings on 73, Singh was unbeaten on 44 as Dandenong chased down the target in 30 overs.

Richmond Cricket Club look to continue good run against Dandenong

After two wins against Casey-South Melbourne, Richmond Cricket Club gear up to face Dandenong at the Shepley Oval on Saturday for the Round 3 fixture.

In the absence of Wil Parker, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Mitch Perry – all of them have joined their Big Bash League (BBL) teams – Zac Sleeman, Tim Goodman and Toby Keast have slotted into the 1s. Sleeman and Goodman’s terrific performances against Casey should stand them in good stead for the weekend. While, Keast would be eyeing to better his first round performance (1/32) after round 2 clash was called off.

Nic Cowling and Dulith Mihirpenna have been rewarded for their performances for the 4s as they will travel with the 3s to the Wilson Oval.

Shobit Singh and Dylan Tibbals, who have started the season on a good note, will play for the 2s. While, Cowling’s promotion to 3s has meant that Romesh Martinus will open with Aryan Arora for the 4s.

The 2s and 4s will play at Central Reserve North and South respectively.

Here is how the teams shape up for the Dandenong clash:

1s

Zac Sleeman, Scott Edwards, Kyle Viccars, Tim Goodman, Adam Amin, Marcus Berryman, Sam Mills, Dom Matarazzo (c), Krishna Padmanabhan, Toby Keast, Reiley Mark

2s

Yash Pednekar, Connor Hinds, Shobit Singh, Jonathan D’Rozario, Andrew Humphries, Dylan Tibballs, Daniel Scholz, Greg Connor (c), Bailey Moon, Joshua Carroll, Jack Trevethan

3s

Jacob Hinds, Nic Cowling, Jordan Hesline, Aaron Cross, James Dekel, Max Parker, Hrithik Katarey, Sam Kindlen (c), Tom Cashman, Benji Gore, Dulith Mihirpenna, Ashley Becker

4s

Romesh Martinus, Aryan Arora, Harry Gell, Jack Iverson, Ben McDonald, Tyler Walsh (c), Prithish Pancholi, Jacob Carruthers, Dhruval Parikh, Kieran Rice, Xavier McGrath, Cam Stow

Fraser-McGurk slams 99 to help Richmond register first win of the season

Jake Fraser-McGurk went berserk – albeit falling agonisingly short of a well deserved hundred – and disrupted Casey-South Melbourne’s plans as Richmond Cricket Club won the second round clash with bonus points at Central Reserve North on an incredibly windy Saturday.

Having opted to bat first, Casey were off to a sound start with Ashley Chandrasinghe and Lachlan Sperling building a 56-run stand refusing any openings. However, Marcus Berryman induced an edge off Sperling to break the stubborn partnership.

Casey skipper Michael Wallace then joined Chandrasinghe at the centre as the pair put on a healthy 86-run stand to put the visitors in the driver’s seat.

The visiting team looked set to up the ante in the death overs but Sam Mills changed the momentum by castling the set opener Chandrasinghe for 70 in the 39th over. Sensing the opportunity, Wil Parker sent Jordan Wyatt back to the hut in the next over as the Tigers bounced pretty strongly from thereon.

Casey kept losing wickets in quick succession, failing to put on any substantial partnership, as Richmond eventually restricted the away side to 9/192. Marcus Berryman (2/33), Mitch Perry (1/12), Mills (3/42), Parker (1/33) and skipper Dom Matarazzo (1/33) were in the wickets, while Reiley Mark bowled with a frugal economy rate of 4 in 9 overs.

Set 193 to chase, the game faced a slight delay due to the harsh weather and unrelenting wind. But once it resumed, it was the Fraser-McGurk show at the Central Reserve North. He cut loose from the start as Richmond breached the 50-run mark in the 7th over. Scott Edwards played the ideal second fiddle as they brought up the 100-run stand in less than 14 overs. Ashvin Adihetty then provided the breakthrough for Casey by dismissing Edwards for 32.

Kyle Viccars, on his birthday, then walked in at No 3 and kept the momentum going. With victory in sight and the imminent threat of rain passing, Fraser-McGurk and Viccars played risk free cricket to ensure a Richmond victory with another 78-run stand.

All eyes were set on Fraser-McGurk’s century but he was adjudged run out on 99, from 86 balls. Nonetheless, his knock and equally important contribution from Viccars (49*) and Edwards meant that Richmond won in 36 overs and with the bonus points in their bag.

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Second round fixture called off after sensational Richmond batting performance

The second round clash between Richmond Cricket Club and Casey-South Melbourne was called off due to rain at Casey Fields No 4 on Saturday. Richmond had posted 3/329 and Casey were 2/74 in the 18th over when the covers were brought on.

The coin fell in Richmond’s favour and skipper Greg Connor opted to bat. Openers Zac Sleeman and Yash Pednekar gave an exceptional start to the away team with Sleeman compiling a boundary laden innings of 72. The team score was 2 shy off 100 when J Serong got rid of Pednekar (28).

There was no stoppage to Richmond’s aggressive batting approach though as Tim Goodman brought up a ton while Andrew Humphries remained not out on 97 off 74 balls.

Asked to chase down 330, Casey openers got off to a decent start. But Jack Trevethan drew first blood and sent Kasun Suriaratchie packing while Humphries went through Aaron Bardwell’s defence for 2. The game though was brough to an abrupt end because of the inclement weather.

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Tigers produce all-round performance to beat Casey

Richmond Cricket Club were once again clinical at Central Reserve South following their win against Melbourne as Casey-South Melbourne were bowled out in a rain-affected match.

Batting first, Shobit Singh and Jacob Hinds put on an exhibition of batting with both complementing each other terrifically well. Putting behind their early dismissals against Melbourne, Singh and Hinds started off cautiously. However Hinds took to the attack once the nerves disappeared, while Singh held one end up to frustrate the opposition.

The pair put on a mammoth 158-run stand but Singh (61) holed out to Ben Perry while looking to change gears. Hinds – nearing his ton – too lost his wicket immediately as he was dismissed for 91. Promoted up the order after a match-winning knock against Melbourne, Dylan Tibballs wasted no time in making his intentions clear. He scored an early boundary but Perry had the last laugh.

Then it was the pair of Jordan Hesline (17) and Daniel Scholz (35*) who took the home side past the 200-run mark as Casey were asked to chase 226.

Barring Casey’s top three – Perry (36), I Laghmani (23) and E Lamers (29) – none of their batsmen made double digit scores. The Tigers’ bowled well as a unit with five bowlers – Ashley Becker (1/27), Hrithik Katarey (1/24), Scholz (2/26), Benji Gore (2/26) and Hesline (4/25) among the wickets.

Chasing 226 with wickets tumbling at either ends was always going to be a tough ask and Richmond didn’t allow Casey any breathing space as they completed two wins in a row.

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Richmond-Casey abandoned due to rain after Cowling 86

After an impressive 2019/20 season, Nic Cowling was once again in the runs as his 86 helped Richmond Cricket Club post 8/230 against Casey-South Melbourne at Casey Fields No 5 on Saturday.

Put in to bat by the opposition, the openers Cowling and Aryan Arora gave a solid start by stitching together a 125-run stand. After Arora was dismissed for 41, Casey bounced back with a flurry of wickets in quick succession. However, Ben McDonald (17) and captain Tyler Walsh (26) put things back in control.

Dulith Mihiripenna (12) and Jacob Carruthers (16) provided the much needed late flourish as the team ended with 8/230 in 45 overs.

The second innings however didn’t start at all due to rain and the game was called off.

Richmond Cricket Club name unchanged XI against Casey-South Melbourne

The Richmond Cricket Club will look to bounce back as they lock horns against Casey-South Melbourne at the Central Reserve North on Saturday.

The 1s, led by Dom Matarazzo, are unchanged and will feature the three Victorian players. The bowlers – Berryman, Perry, Matarazzo, Mills, Parker and Padmanabhan – put up a collective effort to restrict Melbourne and would look to continue the good form against Casey.

The 3s registered a magnificent win at the Central Reserve South thanks to an unbeaten 88-run partnership between Max Parker (26) and Dylan Tibbals (67). Parker displayed immense maturity and took the backseat as Tibbals accelerated beautifully in the end as Richmond eventually won with a bonus point. The 3s are unchanged and will play at the South Oval.

The 2s and 4s, on the other hand, will travel to Casey Fields. The 2s are unchanged while the 4s have made four changes. Prithish Pancholi, Jacob Carruthers, Dhruval Parikh, Cam Stow and Ben McDonald will take the ground for the first game of the season.

Here are how the teams shape up:

1s: Jake Fraser-McGurk, Scott Edwards, Kyle Viccars, Wil Parker, Adam Amin, Marcus Berryman, Sam Mills, Dominic Matarazzo, Krishna Padmanabhan, Mitch Perry, Reiley Mark 

2s: Yash Pednekar, Zac Sleeman, Tim Goodman, Jonathan D’Rozario, Andrew Humphries, Connor Hinds, Greg Connor, Bailey Moon, Toby Keast, Joshua Carroll, Jack Trevethan 

3s: Shobit Singh, Jacob Hinds, Jordan Hesline, Aaron Cross, Daniel Scholz, Dylan Tibballs, Max Parker, Hrithik Katarey, Sam Kindlen, Tom Cashman, Benji Gore, Ashley Becker 

4s: Nic Cowling, Aryan Arora, Harry Gell, James Dekel, Romesh Martinus, Ben McDonald, Tyler Walsh, Prithish Pancholi, Dulith Mihiripenna, Dhruval Parikh, Jacob Carruthers, Cam Stow

Richmond Cricket Club kick off season with opener against Melbourne

The Richmond Cricket Club will kick off the 2020/21 season against Melbourne at the Central Reserve North on Saturday.

The 1s will feature all the state players in Jake Fraser-McGurk, Mitch Perry and Wil Parker. Marcus Berryman, named in the team of the 2019/20 season, will also take the field for the Tigers.

On the other hand, the 3s, led by Sam Kindlen, will play at the Central Reserve South.

The 2s and 4s meanwhile will travel to Beaumaris Secondary College to lock horns with Melbourne. The 4s will feature three new additions with James Dekel, Jack Iverson and Dulith Mihiripenna making the cut for the opener.

Here is how the teams will shape up for the first round:

1s: Jake Fraser-McGurk, Scott Edwards, Kyle Viccars, Wil Parker, Adam Amin, Marcus Berryman, Sam Mills, Dominic Matarazzo, Krishna Padmanabhan, Mitch Perry, Reiley Mark

2s: Yash Pednekar, Zac Sleeman, Tim Goodman, Jonathan D’Rozario, Andrew Humphries, Connor Hinds, Greg Connor, Bailey Moon, Toby Keast, Joshua Carroll, Jack Trevethan

3s: Shobit Singh, Jacob Hinds, Jordan Hesline, Aaron Cross, Daniel Scholz, Dylan Tibballs, Max Parker, Hrithik Katarey, Sam Kindlen, Tom Cashman, Benji Gore, Ashley Becker

4s: Nic Cowling, Aryan Arora, Harry Gell, James Dekel, Romesh Martinus, Jack Iverson, Tyler Walsh, Saad Khattak, Dulith Mihiripenna, Xavier McGrath, Kieran Rice, Harry Buck 

Richmond Cricket Club hold nerves to edge Melbourne by one run in a humdinger

Richmond Cricket Club’s Krishna Padmanabhan removed Melbourne’s last wicket with them needing 2 runs as the Tigers edged Melbourne Cricket Club in the weekend semi-final at Central Reserve North.

After Melbourne put Tigers in, the pair of Krishna Padmanabhan and Yash Pednekar provided a solid start facing Jackson Koop resolutely and absorbing the pressure.

However, Phil Halbish’s introduction into the attack led to the first wicket, with Padmanabhan trapped LBW for 20. Marcus Jackman followed suit and got rid of Pednekar quickly as well.

Melbourne built on the pressure and didn’t allow Richmond to get away easily. With Koop striking consistently, Tim Goodman rose up to the challenge and played the anchor role.

Zac Sleeman turned the tide with this aggressive approach – he got off the mark with a boundary.

Sleeman upped the ante after lunch – when the score read 4/73 – as he hit a slew of boundaries to get the Tigers over the 100-run mark and bring up his half-century eventually. However, his innings was cut short for 59 by Halbish.

Tigers were still in a strong position but Koop’s hattrick – Goodman, Keast and Moon – reduced the Tigers to 9/174. Koop removed the last wicket – his sixth – to bowl out the home side for 180.

Melbourne responded positively in the second innings with William Thompson and skipper Peter Petricola seeing off the new ball without any hiccups and then forging a 50-run stand to lay a solid foundation.

The situation appeared grim for Tigers with Melbourne eating up the lead comfortably until Toby Keast made an immediate impact on his first ball by trapping Petricola LBW for 24. By the time Melbourne crossed the 100-run mark, they had lost Charles Lill and Thompson (71) as well.

Melbourne remained in the driver’s seat at the end of Day 1 despite Bailey Moon’s twin strikes moments before lunch with the score reading 5/132.

Moon resumed from where he left off on Day 2 with Holmes sent back for 6. Ashley Becker cleaned up Will Ryan as well to further dent Melbourne. Becker’s disciplined bowling was rewarded with another wicket in the form of Jackman. Melbourne went from 5/132 to 9/143 making Richmond the favourites.

However, Koop and Halbish remained resolute and kept their composure as they closed in on the 180-run mark cautiously. It wasn’t until Halbish creamed a straight drive for a boundary, which took the side’s total to 179, that Melbourne really fancied their chances.

However, with one run to tie, Padmanabhan bamboozled Halbish to trap him in front for 24 giving Tigers the first innings by the barest of margins.

Pednekar (46), Goodman (32) and Viccars (28) ensured that Tigers don’t lose the grip over the match as the players shook hands with Tigers leading by 126 runs.

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Melbourne beat Tigers by six wickets

Melbourne Cricket Club bowled out Richmond Cricket Club for 134 before chasing down the target at Central Reserve South in the semi-final on the weekend.

Most Richmond batsmen got starts but none could be converted into big scores on what seemed to be a difficult pitch for stroke making. Trent Thompson’s fifer further worsened things for Tigers, who were bowled out for 134.

Benji Gore, Cameron Stow and Nic Cowling were among the wickets but lack of scoreboard pressure meant that Melbourne went over the line without any hindrances.