It was ‘all happening’ at the Bill Lawry Oval on Saturday as Northcote bowled out Richmond for 82 before being skittled for 98. Tigers were batting at 6/121 at stumps.
After opting to bowl, Sam Harbinson, Michael Edwards and Jonty Rushton made the most of the conditions and reduced the Tigers to 6/51. However, Adam Amin’s 22 helped the Tigers score a few important runs on what seemed to be a pacer’s paradise.
The Tigers’ pacers returned the favour sending half of the Northcote’s side back to the hut for 22. But skipper Blayde Bakern and Harbinson stitched together a crucial 42-run stand. But once Baker fell, the hosts’ innings folded quickly. Dom Matarazzo and Jack Trevethan both ended with three wickets, while Mitchell Perry and Reiley Mark took two wickets as Northcote won on first innings and lead by 16 runs.
After a fruitful outing with the ball, Tigers’ skipper Matarazzo scored an important 45 after two early wickets. Andrew Humphries and Amin remained unbeaten on 28 and 17 respectively as the Tigers lead by 105 runs.
Advantage Northcote after 21-wicket day at Central Reserve North
Jacob Walker ended with a six-wicket haul as Northcote bowled out Richmond for 63 at Central Reserve North on Saturday.
In reply to the Tigers’ 63, Northcote declared on 9/196, winning on first innings. Opener Ben Crick contributed with 38 while skipper Ravindu Fernando made 24.
Left with 7 overs to fend, Tigers lost Yash Pednekar early. Jacob Hinds and Shobit Singh were at the crease at the stumps, with the score reading 1/13.
Northcote finish at 9/220 at Mayer Park
Vasish Vasan anchored Northcote’s innings with a 99 as the home side declared on 9/220 at Mayer Park on Saturday. The Tigers were 0/1 at stumps.
Saad Khattak (3/62) led the way in the wickets column. Chansika Kapukotuwa, after a 5-wicket haul against Greenwale, picked up two wickets, as did Benji Gore. Sam Kindlen and Harry Buck took one wicket each as well.
Northcote bowled out for 108; Tigers in control at Central Reserve South
In his first outing as a captain, Nicholas Cowling was well supported by his bowlers, as the Tigers bowled out Northcote for 108. Hrithik Katarey, who snared three wickets, also remained unbeaten on 51 at stumps, with the team’s score reading 2/76.
After opting to bowl, Tigers didn’t allow Northcote to string together a substantial partnership as six bowlers – Jason Ward (1/14), Cameron Stow (2/22), Xavier McGrath (1/6), Rachit Sharma (2/13), Katarey (3/43) and Jack Knight (1/5) – were among the wickets.
Northcote started off well with Bharadwaj striking early. Cowling was dismissed by Joiner for 11 but Katarey and Marcus Kane combined to lead Tigers to stumps without any further damage.