Essendon might have been a happier team to have put Monash Tigers in after winning the toss at Windy Hill on Saturday but Adam Amin’s late onslaught and Will Parker’s vigil helped Richmond Cricket Club score a competitive total. The bowlers backed up the batsmen’s performances as Essendon folded for 85.
Essendon struck in their first over thanks to Matthew Doric, who sent Tiger’s captain Dom Matarazzo back to the hut for a duck. Doric, who eventually picked up a 5-wicket haul, trapped Yash Pednekar LBW shortly after as Richmond lost both openers for 17.
But Parker, after his recent outing for Victoria, strode out to bat at 3 and absorbed the pressure from one end. The middle order – comprising of Scott Edwards (19) and Marcus Berryman (38) – provided him enough support as the Tigers fought back.
Doric’s reintroduction into the attack shifted the momentum as he dismissed Parker, Jake Fraser-McGurk and Jackson Waters in one spell. The innings was steadied by Amin, who whacked eight boundaries and two sixes in his innings of 53.
Chasing 177 for the first innings win, Essendon were in trouble with the successful pair of Marcus Berryman and Mitchell Perry once again offering a sound start as Seymour, Molloy, Rutland and Hill were out for single digit scores while Willett scored 13.
Matarazzo joined the party by breaking the 6th wicket 31-run stand – the biggest in Essendon’s innings – after Stingel was caught behind.
The failure to string together partnerships hurt Essendon, whose top scorer was Donovan Toohey with 22. Once he was dismissed, Berryman completed his ‘fifer’. Perry took three while Matarazzo finished with two.
Trailing by 91 runs, Doric provided another early breakthrough in the form of Pednekar, who opened with Sam Mills. Tigers lead by 100 runs at stumps with their score reading 1/9.
Tigers declare at 8/290 after encouraging batting display at Central Reserve South
Richmond Cricket Club produced a superb batting display at Central Reserve South with Tim Goodman top scoring with 88 as Greg Connor declared the innings for 8/290 on Saturday.
Opting to bat, the Tigers started slowly as Essendon tested Luke Sharrock and Krishna Padmanabhan with probing line and length. But the openers made the bowlers work for a breakthrough. Ammar Ahmed nicked out Sharrock for 14.
The wicket was followed by a 89-run stand between Padmanabhan and Tim Goodman, who played the aggressor’s role. Padmanabhan fell one short of a well-deserved fifty.
Goodman (88), with Kyle Viccars at the other end, continued with his aggressive approach as the Tigers were 2/177 at tea.
After Viccars and Goodman’s departure, Richmond looked to up the ante with Jonathan D’Rozario (37) and Zac Sleeman (47) scoring at a good click as Tigers declared at 8/290.
In the only allocated over, Essendon openers Dias and Deasy played it out safely.
Tigers complete first-innings victory against Essendon
Tom Cashman’s five-wicket haul powered Richmond Cricket Club’s first-innings win against Essendon at Cross Keys Reserve on Saturday.
Cashman, Liam Fernando, Harry Buck and Chansika Kapukotuwa had a field day as Essendon were bowled out for 107.
Skipper Mitchell Stephens put up a fight with his 36 but once Cashman took out both the openers, Essendon struggled to stop the procession of wickets.
Essendon, however, ensured that the Tigers wouldn’t get past the total comfortably as they reduced them to 5/40 after Busk and Lewis’ breakthroughs in the opening spells.
But Jordan Hesline remained unbeaten on 57 as Tigers took the lead and declared at 7/108.
Essendon lost Liam Tobin in their second innings courtesy Fernando and were 1/0 after one over at stumps.
Nic Cowling plays the anchor role as Tigers end Day 1 at 8/207
Runs didn’t come easily at Central Reserve North as Essendon made the Richmond batsmen work hard on Saturday.
Cowling stayed at the crease for 231 minutes for his 54. While the rest of the batsmen – Aryan Arora (20), Max Parker (28), Ben McDonald (27), Kieran Rice (21) and Luke Stow (31) – making vital contributions as well.
The wickets were shared by Clark (1/35), Mulheran (1/28), Rai (2/36) and Suraj Thapa (1/58).