Thanks to half-centuries by Jonathan D’Rozario and Will Parker, Richmond sealed a comfortable five-wicket victory against Ringwood at Central Reserve North on Sunday 10 November.
Skipper Greg Connor asked Ringwood to bat on a wicket which assisted the pace bowlers early on. Liam Fernando and Josh Carroll exploited the conditions to Tigers’ advantage as the away side lost four wickets before the end of first powerplay.
After the early setbacks, Angus Adamson and Nathan Lester recovered the Ringwood’s innings with a stubborn 36-run stand before the latter was castled by Tim Goodman. Dylan Tibballs hung in there with Adamson and played a handy innings of 34 to arrest the slide.
The introduction of Tobias Keast, however, dented Jordan Ludgater’s innings further as they failed to find any momentum in the ‘slog overs’. He claimed four wickets in his 10-over spell and conceded only 43 runs as Ringwood posted 9/189 in the first innings.
Krishna Padmanabhan and Yash Pednekar’s watchful approach at the start of the chase meant that Ringwood had to wait eight overs for their first breakthrough. Ringwood maintained the pressure as Tigers lost three more wickets by the end of 20th over, with the score reading 4/48.
D’Rozario and Parker began slowly, absorbing the pressure applied by Henderson, who bowled three maidens in a row. But as the pair found their tempo, the runs started to flow after they brought up their 50-run stand in the 30th over.
D’Rozario got to his milestone in the 35th over. A couple of overs later, the 100-run stand for the fifth wicket was completed as well.
Tyson Freeman provided a glimmer of hope for Ringwood with D’Rozario’s wicket but Parker and Connor, who hit the winning runs in the 45th over, kept Tigers in the driver’s seat.
1st XI – Ringwood beat Tigers by seven wickets
Michael Topp, David King and Sam Beer scalped eight wickets in total as Richmond were bowled out for 116 against Ringwood at Russell Lucas Oval on Sunday, 10 November. The Patrick Ashton-led side chased down the total in 27 overs and with seven wickets in hand.
The Tigers got off to an iffy start after losing four wickets for 31. But Marcus Berryman and Andrew Humphries scored 36 and 23 respectively to provide some stability. However, once Berryman was dismissed Ringwood took control of the innings.
Opener Thomas Rogers anchored Ringwood’s innings with a 69-run knock off 80 deliveries. He found support in Jackson Freeman (23), who eventually took the home side over the line.
Monash Tigers’ Academy game against Maccabi Ajax abandoned
Monash Tigers’ Academy team’s sixth round fixture against Maccabi Ajax at Gary Smorgan Oval was called off without a ball being bowled on 10 November, Sunday.
By Devdutt Kshirsagar