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.