Forsyth, Randiv take Dandenong home after Reiley Mark special at Shepley Oval

Dandenong almost hit the panic button at Shepley Oval as they were 7/62 chasing 111 at Shepley Oval against Richmond Cricket Club on Saturday. However, Bretty Forsyth and Suraj Randiv steadied the innings as the home side won by three wickets.

Opting to bowl, Dandenong were off to a dream start with the top four batsmen sent back to the hut for single digits by opening duo of James Nanopoulos and Peter Cassidy. Adam Amin and Marcus Berryman tried to ressurect the innings with a 28-run stand however the former was dismissed for 18.

With no substantial partnership from the top order, Sam Mills (32) played a lone hand with Toby Keast (15) providing strong support as Richmond were skittled out for 110.

Richmond skipper’s move to begin with spin paid off as Reiley Mark drew first blood in the first over trapping opposition skipper Tom Donnell for a duck. Lincoln Edwards and Forsyth didn’t let the early wicket perturb them as they played out Mark and Matarazzo cautiously before the spinner got rid of Edwards.

Matarazzo, who was exceptionally frugal with four maidens in his 10 overs, then took his 300th wicket for the club by getting Edward Newman cheaply. The Tigers cashed in on the opening as Dandenong slipped from 3/40 to 7/62 with Mark, Keast and Berryman all chipping with the wickets.

However, the pair of Donnell and Randiv handled the situation fairly well as an unbeaten 50-run stand saw them win the low scoring thriller by three wickets.

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Dandenong beat Richmond by seven wickets after D’Rozario 80

All the Dadenenong batsmen chipped in as the away side chased down 211 against Richmond Cricket Club at Central Reserve North on Saturday.

The coin fell in Greg Connor’s favour as Richmond opted to bat. Openers Connor Hinds and Yash Pednekar started off decently with quick running between the wickets however Adam McMaster broke the opening stand by dismissing Hinds.

Richmond were still in control after Shobit Singh’s arrival at the crease but Pednekar fell soon after for 37 as Dandenong took a flurry of wickets with the home side finding themselves in trouble at 4/77.

But Dylan Tibballs (24) and Jonathan D’Rozario (80) steadied the innings with a 56-run stand. Skipper Connor (20) too played an important hand as D’Rozario completed his first fifty of the season, helping the team score 210.

Dandenong though were off to a solid start with a 68-run stand between Slater and Wills, before Daniel Scholz snapped up the former for 32. However, there was no respite for the Tigers as the other Forsyth – Cameron Forsyth – teamed up with Wills to keep their side in the driver’s seat. Scholz and Humphries did strike to put some pressure back however captain Forsyth remained unbeaten on 62 to guide the team to victory.

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Richmond beat Dandenong as Sam Kindlen and Co win three on the trot

Richmond Cricket Club maintained their good run at the Wilson Oval as the visitors beat Dandenong by seven runs on Saturday.

Batting first, Jacob Hinds (45) was once again in the runs as he provided a good start with an aggressive 45. Then it was Aaron Cross (53) and James Dekel (58) who consolidated on the start. Hrithik Katarey’s quickfire innings of 21 off 16 in the end meant that the Tigers posted 7/241.

It was Tom Cashman who put Richmond in the front with a couple of early wickets while, after a crucial innings, Katarey had Andrey Fernando caught for 24 with Dandenong reeling at 3/35.

Daud Malik and Angus Newman then dug deep to stitch a 88-run stand to put things back at even-stevens. Jordan Heslin, however, broke the stubborn stand as Malik got out for 42.

From there on, it was the debutant Dulith Mihirpenna who just swung the game in Richmond’s favour by picking up four wickets in five overs to give the away side their third win on the trot.

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Dandenong beat Richmond comprehensively at the Central South Oval

Richmond Cricket Club were overpowered by Dandenong openers Jaskabeer Singh and Mayank Verma as they chased down 125 with ease to leave Central Reserve South with a resounding victory on Saturday.

Opting to bat, Richmond were off to a decent albeit slow start, with Aryan Arora notching up a half century with Romesh Martinus at the other end. But Martinus’ run out for 15 led to a heap of wickets as Richmond went from 0/69 to 5/82.

Tyler Walsh tried to rebuild the innings but he was trapped LBW by Bhavya Bhatia, who ended up with a six-wicket haul in his eight overs as Richmond were bowled out for 124.

While Verma finished the innings on 73, Singh was unbeaten on 44 as Dandenong chased down the target in 30 overs.