Edwards and Mills star as Tigers thump Geelong by 126 runs

Scott Edwards held the innings together from one end with his mature 101 while Sam Mills ran through Geelong with yet another fifer in the season (Mills also took five wickets in the Vic Super Slam – Stars Conference semi-final against Frankston Peninsula Heat) as Richmond Cricket Club registered a massive 126-run victory against Geelong Cricket Club at Central Reserve South on Saturday.

Richmond skipper Dom Matarazzo, having won the toss, opened the innings with Edwards but fell cheaply as Bailey provided the early breakthrough. But Jackson Waters (64) and Edwards clubbed together a mammoth 148-run stand to put the home side back in control.

Richmond looked well on their way to the 250-run mark but Hayden Butterworth provided the opening with Waters’ wicket and Brody Couch built on it as the Tigers lost a slew of wickets while looking to accelerate.

Shortly after Edwards completed his milestone, Couch bowled the Netherlands’ international. However, the Tigers finished with a flourish on 7/231 thanks to Mitchell Perry’s 12-ball 18-run knock.

Chasing 232, Geelong were made to work hard for the runs as the dynamic duo of Marcus Berryman and Mitchell Perry reduced the visitors for 4/30.

Tom Jackson and Angus Boyd seemed to rebuild the Geelong innings but once Mills castled Jackson, the visitors folded like a pack of cards. Mills, whose figures read 9.1-1-5-22, sent back Boyd, Couch, Guest and Condy to the hut later.

Tobias Keast, who debuted for the 1s, also picked up his wicket in the in the form of Tim Ludeman, Geelong’s top run-scorer, for 28.

Perry, to go with his 18 with the bat, finished with three wickets, while Berryman took two.

2s

Padmanabhan, Sleeman slam fifties in Tigers’ seven-wicket win over Geelong

Zac Sleeman’s 71 at the top helped set a foundation for a 224-run chase while Krishna Padmanabhan remained unbeaten on 67 as Richmond Cricket Club emerged victorious against Geelong at Geelong Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Geelong’s Mitch Reid and Tom Treble struck together a 112-run stand for the 1st wicket stand after Jack Trevethan dismissed Slater for 5.

Jordan Hesline, after a good run with the 3s, broke the partnership by getting rid of Reid for 59. Saad Khattak did the rest of the damage for the Tigers as he picked up three wickets in quick succession.

His spell promised to derail the Geelong innings but Jack Riding’s explosive 25 off 10 ensured that they ended with 6/223 on the board.

Richmond lost Pednekar early in the 224-run chase, but Sleeman was well supported by Tim Goodman (31) as the pair steadied the ship for the away side.

Treble, however, broke the partnership when it was two shy of a century stand by accounting for Goodman. Padmanabhan continued the momentum by hitting six boundaries and scoring 67 with a good strike rate to keep Tigers afloat.

Shortly after Sleeman was trapped LBW for 71 by Treble again, Jacob Hinds (29) arrived at the crease and remained unbeaten with Padmanabhan as the duo took Tigers over the line in the 47th over.

After this win, Tigers are now placed third in the table behind Fitzroy Doncaster and Prahran.

3s

Cross, Kindlen and bowlers set up 32-run win over Geelong

Skipper Sam Kindlen and Aaron Cross’ 111-run stand on a slowish track at Central Reserve North helped Richmond Cricket Club down Geelong by 32 runs on Saturday.

Opting to bat first, openers Connor Hinds and Aryan Arora were dismissed before the score reached 50. Harry Gell, after an impressive 72 against Dandenong for the 4s, was unfortunately run out for a duck in his debut for the 3s.

But Cross and Kindlen rebuild the Tigers’ innings with clever rotation of strike as boundaries seemed hard to come by on a slightly slow outfield. Apart from Cross (87) and Kindlen (46), there was no other significant contribution as Tigers posted 7/180.

Tigers always seemed to be in the driver’s seat as all frontline bowlers – Liam Fernando, Ashley Becker, Cameron Stow, Benji Gore, Hrithik Katarey and Tom Cashman – found themselves among the wickets. Apart from Donazzon, who scored 61, the Tigers didn’t see any stiff competition from Geelong but Donazzon’s innings took the game closer.

The game seemed to be going down to the wire with Donazzon on strike and Geelong needing 40 off five overs with three wickets in hand. But Gore, whose tally read 6.3-0-3-34, took out the big fish for 61 as Geelong eventually succumbed by 32 runs.

4s

Tyler Walsh’s last-over heroics carry Tigers over the line

An all-round effort from Tyler Walsh and Co at Kardinia Park West against Geelong on Saturday set up a fascinating 2-run victory for Richmond Cricket Club.

Nic Cowling (33) and Romesh Martinus (17) provided a steady start with a 49-run stand at the top and the batsmen followed suit. Tigers kept building small partnerships with Tyler Walsh (36), Ben McDonald (23), Luke Stow (20) – all contributing with the bat as Richmond set 197 as the target for Geelong.

Geelong, like Tigers, saw equal contributions from most of their batsmen. While Le Maistre top scored with 53, Ruddell gave a solid start with 31.

The game seemed to be in Geelong’s control with three needed off the final over. But Walsh bowled three straight dots to put the pressure back on Geelong. And then to make matters worse for the home side, Tigers ran out Le Maistre. Walsh followed it up by bowling H Kremer-Slevin. With the equation down to 3 off 1, Geelong lost another wicket to run out as Walsh defended three runs resulting in a nail biting 2-run win.